The Conversation

Synopsis: Harry Caul is a devout Catholic and a lover of jazz music who plays his saxophone while listening to his jazz records. He is a San Francisco-based electronic surveillance expert who owns and operates his own small surveillance business. He is renowned within the profession as being the best, one who designs and constructs his own surveillance equipment. He is an intensely private and solitary man in both his personal and professional life, which especially irks Stan, his business associate who often feels shut out of what is happening with their work. This privacy, which includes not letting anyone into his apartment and always telephoning his clients from pay phones is, in part, intended to control what happens around him. His and Stan's latest job (a difficult one) is to record the private discussion of a young couple meeting in crowded and noisy Union Square. The arrangement with his client, known only to him as "the director", is to provide the audio recording of the discussion and
Production: Paramount Pictures
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I figure it must be

the Infernal Revenue.

Their tapes always

put me to sleep.

Since when are you

here to be entertained?

Sometimes it's nice to know

what they're talking about.

I don't care what

they're talking about.

All I want is

a nice, fat recording.

Hello, Mr Caul.

And happy birthday.

Happy birthday, Harry.

Happy birthday.


Hello, uh, Mrs Evangelista?

Uh, yes.

This is Harry Caul

from upstairs.

Uh, uh...



Thank you very much.

Thank you.


Yes, well,

you're really very nice.


Uh, but...

I know, uh...

Yes, I found it. Yes.

But what I wanted to talk

to you about was, uh...

How did you put it

in the apartment?



Well, what about the alarm?

Oh, you did?



I thought I had the only key.


Well, what emergency

could possibly...

All right.


Well, see, I would

be perfectly happy...

to have all

my personal things...

burned up in a fire...

because I don't

have anything personal.

Nothing of value.

Nothing personal

except my keys...

which I would like

to have the only copy of...

Mrs Evangelista.

Mrs Evangelista...

how'd you know

it was my birthday?

Nah. I don't remember

telling you.

Would you like to take

a guess how old I am?

that's a very good guess.

Mrs Evangelista...

as of today, my mail

will go to a post office box...

with a combination on it

and no keys.


Morning, Harry.


There's an article in here...

about the convention.

It mentions your name.

You're one of the notables...

who's going tomorrow night.

I told them I'd be there.

Listen to this here.


"Among those

pre-eminent in the field...

expected to attend...

are Hal Lipset and Harry Caul...

from San Francisco.

Kenneth Sperry will speak...

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Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. more…

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