The Conversation: A Francis Ford Coppola film [DVD]

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Francis Ford Coppola's ingenious, meticulous examination into the nature of voyeurism and a harsh criticism of the deceitful morality of privacy.


The Conversation is a quiet film that slowly builds on the central theme of paranoia. Gene Hackman is hired to record a conversation between two people. As Hackman pieces the dialogue together, we get to hear more and more of what's being said. Only thing is, we don't know exactly what is being referred to. Hackman seems to have an idea, as does the audience. As he starts to realize what's at stake, Hackman starts to develop a feeling of regret and refuses to hand over the tapes to the "director." Along the way, we see just how alone Gene Hackman's character is. His only solace in life is playing the saxophone along with jazz records. He values his privacy and has trouble connecting with people, even members of his own team. Francis Ford Coppola keeps the story moving and lets it build naturally. He gives us glimpses into Hackman's mind as he "thinks" he knows what's going to happen to the people he recorded. The only way to see what happens in the end is to watch this quiet masterpiece. To tell about the ending would ruin the fun, not to mention the suspense of this understated thriller.

Note: In 1995, The Conversation was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

The film won (and was nominated for) the following awards:

Awards won:

•  BAFTA Film Award for Best Film Editing
•  BAFTA Film Award for Best Sound Track
•  Golden Palm Award
•  Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
•  KCFCC Award
•  NBR Award
•  Sant Jordi Award

Nominated for:

•  Academy Award for Best Picture
•  Academy Award for Best Sound
•  Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay
•  BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor
•  BAFTA Film Award for Best Direction
•  BAFTA Film Award for Best Screenplay
•  Video Premiere Award
•  DGA Award
•  Edgar Award
•  Golden Globe Award for Best Best Director - Motion Picture
•  Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama
•  Golden Globe Award for Best Picture Actor - Drama
•  Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
•  WGA Award (Screen)

Read full plot and other details at the IMDb web site.

This movie comes from our personal collection and only one piece is available

DVD rating
Rating - Like New
Like New: a DVD in perfect condition. The box or jewel case is clean and vivid, with no signs of wear.


Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams, Michael Higgins, Elizabeth MacRae, Teri Garr, Harrison Ford, Mark Wheeler, Robert Shields, Phoebe Alexander


Colour, PAL, Full screen

Main soundtrack

Dolby Digital 2.0




Region 2 

Aspect ratio


Number of discs





Studio Canal

Release date

1 August 2005 in the U.K.

Run time

109 minutes (1 hour 49 mins)





  • SKU: MOV-ACT-CRI-1007

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