Play Dates

April 1 (35mm)        Cambridge, MA        HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

The Conversation Play Dates

Poster by François Schuiten & Laurent Durieux © Nautilus Art Prints


USA, 1974
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Producer: Fred Roos, Mona Skager
Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Teri Garr, Harrison Ford, Frederic Forrest, Cindy Williams​​​​​​​
Screenwriter: Francis Ford Coppola
Cinematography: Bill Butler
Music: David Shire
Supervising Editor and Sound Montage: Walter Murch
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Language: English
Running Time: 113 minutes

Lonely wiretapping expert and devout Catholic Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is hired to record a seemingly innocuous conversation in San Francisco's Union Square between two lovers. Upon re-hearing the tapes, however, Caul believes he may be putting the couple in danger if he turns the material over to his client (Robert Duvall). But what one hears can ultimately turn out to be quite different from what was actually recorded.

Awards and Nominations:
Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival, 1974)
Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Sound nominations (Academy Awards, 1975)
Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director - Motion Picture, Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture nominations (Golden Globes, 1975)
Best Film Editing, Best Soundtrack (BAFTA Awards, 1975)
Best Actor, Best Direction, and Best Screenplay nominations (BAFTA Awards, 1975)
Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Top Ten Films (National Board of Review, 1974)
Named to the National Film Registry, 1995

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