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''The Conversation'' is a 1974 {{psychological thriller}} film written and directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and starring Creator/GeneHackman, with a supporting cast that includes [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Cindy Williams]], Frederic Forrest, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr, and Creator/HarrisonFord.

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''The Conversation'' is a 1974 {{psychological thriller}} film written and directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and starring Creator/GeneHackman, with a supporting cast that includes [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Cindy Williams]], Frederic Forrest, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr, Creator/TeriGarr, and Creator/HarrisonFord.


* TheCameo: Robert Duvall as the Director.

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* TheCameo: Robert Duvall [[spoiler:Robert Duvall]] as the Director.

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* SeriousBusiness: Don't blaspheme or take the Lord's name in vain in Harry's presence. Just don't.

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* SoundtrackDissonance: "When the red, red robin comes bob, bob, bobbin' along" plus several other upbeat jazz numbers.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: When Harry listens back to the tape of Mark and Ann, we learn that it was made on December 2, 1972.


''The Conversation'' is a 1974 {{psychological thriller}} film written and directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and starring Creator/GeneHackman, with a supporting cast that includes [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Cindy Williams]], Frederic Forrest, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr, Robert Duvall, and Creator/HarrisonFord.

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''The Conversation'' is a 1974 {{psychological thriller}} film written and directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and starring Creator/GeneHackman, with a supporting cast that includes [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Cindy Williams]], Frederic Forrest, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr, Robert Duvall, and Creator/HarrisonFord.


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* TheCameo: Robert Duvall as the Director.


''The Conversation'' is a 1974 {{psychological thriller}} film written and directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and starring Creator/GeneHackman.

Harry Caul (Hackman) is a paranoid, socially-withdrawn surveillance expert in San Francisco who runs a personal business in which he spies on people's conversations at the behest of his clients and reports the information back to them. He is strictly professional in his activities, never questioning ''why'' his clients want those he surveys spied on, nor intervening accordingly. However, his latest assignment has been to spy on Ann ([[LaverneAndShirley Cindy Williams]]), the wife of the director of a big company, and her lover Mark (Frederic Forrest). He hears in their recorded conversations the phrase: ''[[ArcWords "He'd kill us if he got the chance."]]'' He thus theorizes that Ann's husband suspects she is having an affair and is planning to murder her and Mark, and thereby is torn over whether to adhere to his non-intervention rule or do something.

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''The Conversation'' is a 1974 {{psychological thriller}} film written and directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and starring Creator/GeneHackman.

Creator/GeneHackman, with a supporting cast that includes [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Cindy Williams]], Frederic Forrest, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr, Robert Duvall, and Creator/HarrisonFord.

Harry Caul (Hackman) is a paranoid, socially-withdrawn surveillance expert in San Francisco who runs a personal business in which he spies on people's conversations at the behest of his clients and reports the information back to them. He is strictly professional in his activities, never questioning ''why'' his clients want those he surveys spied on, nor intervening accordingly. However, his latest assignment has been to spy on Ann ([[LaverneAndShirley Cindy Williams]]), (Williams), the wife of the director of a big company, and her lover Mark (Frederic Forrest).(Forrest). He hears in their recorded conversations the phrase: ''[[ArcWords "He'd kill us if he got the chance."]]'' He thus theorizes that Ann's husband suspects she is having an affair and is planning to murder her and Mark, and thereby is torn over whether to adhere to his non-intervention rule or do something.


* OvertRendezvous: The titular conversation is recorded on one of these, with the speaking couple walking all around a San Francisco park trying to fend off tails and Caul using various shotgun microphones and undercover helpers with secret mikes walking around trying to pick the best audio possible.

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* OvertRendezvous: The titular conversation is recorded on one of these, with the speaking couple walking all around a busy San Francisco park trying to fend off tails and Caul using various shotgun microphones and undercover helpers with secret mikes walking around trying to pick the best audio possible.


%%* BigBrotherIsWatching

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%%* BigBrotherIsWatching* BigBrotherIsWatching: Harry Caul is a for-hire surveillance expert that does this for a living. And in the end, the company makes sure that Harry knows that ''they'' are watching him and had been for some time (although the call at the very end may have been a paranoid hallucination, though).



%%* DreamSequence

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%%* DreamSequence* DreamSequence: Near the end, Harry dreams walking through a foggy park and trying to talk with Ann (the woman of the couple) to reassure her.



%%* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The last scene.

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%%* * IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The last scene.scene. The company knows that Caul knows they committed murder, and they let him know for intimidation purposes.



%%* OvertRendezvous
%%* ProperlyParanoid

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%%* OvertRendezvous
%%* ProperlyParanoid
* OvertRendezvous: The titular conversation is recorded on one of these, with the speaking couple walking all around a San Francisco park trying to fend off tails and Caul using various shotgun microphones and undercover helpers with secret mikes walking around trying to pick the best audio possible.
* ProperlyParanoid: Harry does everything possible to keep his privacy (to the point that it's a serious, relationship-shattering BerserkButton if someone starts to get too curious about his work and his personal history or even how old he is), including unlisted office number (and he calls from public phones if he needs to contact someone). By the end of the story, it's showcased that the company that contracted him spent time creating an extensive dossier on him and there is absolutely ''nothing'' they don't know about him and ''nowhere'' that he can go that they can't break in to steal stuff or bug it.



%%* RewindReplayRepeat: Almost the ''entire movie'' revolves around this trope.

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%%* * RewindReplayRepeat: Almost the ''entire movie'' revolves around doing this trope.to the titular conversation recorded at the beginning--at first to improve on the audio's quality (for the sake of fulfilling the contract), then eventually to get information and because Caul has become obsessed with it.


''The Conversation'' is a 1974 {{psychological thriller}} film directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and starring Creator/GeneHackman.

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''The Conversation'' is a 1974 {{psychological thriller}} film written and directed by Creator/FrancisFordCoppola and starring Creator/GeneHackman.


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* MeaningfulEcho: The recording of the titular conversation is played over and over, but its true meaning isn't understood until the [[OnceMoreWithClarity final repetition]].

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* MeaningfulEcho: MeaningfulEcho:
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The recording of the titular conversation is played over and over, but its true meaning isn't understood until the [[OnceMoreWithClarity final repetition]].



-->'''Ann''': I think he was once somebody's baby boy, and he had a mother and a father who loved him, and now there he is, half dead on a park bench, and where are his mother or his father or all his uncles now?

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-->'''Ann''': --->'''Ann:''' I think he was once somebody's baby boy, and he had a mother and a father who loved him, and now there he is, half dead on a park bench, and where are his mother or his father or all his uncles now?



* RewindReplayRepeat: Almost the ''entire movie'' revolves around this trope.

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* %%* RewindReplayRepeat: Almost the ''entire movie'' revolves around this trope.



* TechnologyPorn: In spades. Aligning playheads, long distance mikes re-mounted and aimed by snipers, and each multiple audio pass savored for its methodical slowness. In the digital age, it still qualifies as analog porn that would make the typical DieselPunk aficionado blush.
** This attention to detail got the film some unusual recognition when it turned out that it used many of the same techniques used by the Nixon administration. Coppola insisted that the screenplay had been written in the mid-sixties using conventional research and technical advisers.

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* TechnologyPorn: In spades. Aligning playheads, long distance mikes re-mounted and aimed by snipers, and each multiple audio pass savored for its methodical slowness. In the digital age, it still qualifies as analog porn that would make the typical DieselPunk aficionado blush.
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blush. This attention to detail got the film some unusual recognition when it turned out that it used many of the same techniques used by the Nixon administration. Coppola insisted that the screenplay had been written in the mid-sixties using conventional research and technical advisers.


* BigBrotherIsWatching

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* %%* BigBrotherIsWatching


* DistinctionWithoutADifference: When Harry Caul confronts Martin Stett.
-->'''Harry:''' Why are you following me?
-->'''Martin:''' I'm not following you, I'm looking for you. There's a big difference.



* DreamSequence

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* %%* DreamSequence



* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The last scene.

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* %%* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: The last scene.



* NoExceptYes: When Harry Caul confronts Martin Stett.
-->'''Harry''': Why are you following me?
-->'''Martin''': I'm not following you, I'm looking for you. There's a big difference.



* OvertRendezvous
* ProperlyParanoid

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* %%* OvertRendezvous
* %%* ProperlyParanoid



** And what was in the hotel toilet?

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** And what What was in the hotel toilet?

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* CreatorCameo: Creator/FrancisFordCoppola is a newsreader talking about Richard Nixon and Watergate.

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