The Conversation

This is a 1974 film by Francis Ford Coppola, and is rather decent.

It stars Gene Hackman, Cindy Williams, John Cazale, Robert Duvall, and a young Harrison Ford in a very sinister role, I thought he was brill.

The story is good stuff, it moves along at a good pace and has intrigue and suspense aplenty.

I thought Gene was pretty good in this, I have been ambivalent about him in the past, but he was good in this at least. I was reading though on Wikipedia about this film, and it seems he was a bit difficult on set as he said he couldn’t get into the role as the character he portrayed was so much different to his own character. A strange statement methinks, an actor’s job is to pretend to be someone else no matter how different. But, he pulled it off.

The story was about surveillance and it was interesting to see all of the old equipment they had in those days, big clunky old things but they obviously did the job well. It turns out that some of the equipment used in the film was used in the Watergate scandal. It also turns out this film was released just as the poo was hitting the fan, so good timing for Coppola there, even though this was written long before.

Something about seventies films is the people they cast. Maybe Gene Hackman was considered a handsome chap in the day, but if this film was being made today they would have some ruggedly handsome chap in the role, perhaps The Clooney who has a lot more hair. The supporting actors in this also were a combination of older, receding hairlined, balding, pot-bellied and quite unsuave chaps. There were exceptions of course, Harrison Ford and Robert Duvall are handsome chaps, and quite suave. The ladies were much the same, except for Cindy Williams.

And it was also interesting to see 1974 San Francisco, which seemed to be quite a nice place, especially compared to 1974 New York.

Date watched: September 26th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2014: 108

Great trailer, I like those 70’s narrators…

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