The Conversation leaves you lost for words, but when I say that, I mean you sit back and think, what was that about? The Conversation stars Gene Hackman ( The Firm) as a detective of sorts that specializes in recording conversations. Gene Hackman is the only known actor other than a young Harrison Ford. This thriller may thrill you if you don’t get out much. 

 

Gene Hackman plays Harry Caul, a troubled man, afraid to open up, and feeling awkward and uncomfortable if he does. He is paid to tape a conversation of a gentleman and a young lady; little does he know that this conversation will change the trajectory of his life for good.  As he reruns the conversation he starts to piece together the puzzle and learns that the people in question are lovers and the client paying for the taping of the conversation is the lover of the female on the tape. Concerned and afraid for the safety of the people on the tape Harry shadows the couple and follows them to their rendezvous, only to find a truth more shocking then his presumptions… 

 

But I’m not telling, watch it and see for yourself, or don’t watch it and wonder for the rest of your natural life.  I will say that Gene Hackman plays his most destitute character in this film, a pejorative man that really has no higher calling or purpose but to exist. He reminds me of Sean Penn’s lethargic persona of a cop in The Interpreter. In the Interpreter we find that the reason for Penn’s morose state is as a result of the death of his wife, the result of Hackman’s lethargy is not clear. In a since, maybe Hackman’s portrayal of this surveillance expert may be showing on a small scale the plight of a large spectrum of drifters in our day.