Episode 26 – The Conversation

, with special guest:

The ConversationThis week’s episode was recorded live at the Trylon theater in Minneapolis.  We watched Francis Ford Coppola’s classic thriller The Conversation featuring Gene Hackman.  Afterward, we had a spirited conversation with several members of the audience.  Because we were live in the theater, some of the conversation might be a little bit quiet for some listeners.  Sorry about that!

Our next episode will be all about Buster Keaton’s The General!

The Conversation (1974)
The Conversation poster Rating: 7.7/10 (121,143 votes)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Writer: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield
Runtime: 113 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 12 Apr 1974
Plot: A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that the couple he is spying on will be murdered.

1 comment

  1. For reference,

    The first round of arrests in Watergate was in July 1972, and the Nixon tapes were ordered over by the Supreme court in July 1973, and he eventually resigned in August 1974.

    Coppola has said on DVD commentary for the film that comparisons to Watergate were entirely coincidental and he had no idea when he was making the film that it would dovetail in that way. The film was done months before all the really big stuff broke in the press about Watergate.

    The inspiration came from a 1966 film called ‘Blowup’

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