- Francis F.Coppola
- Gene Hackman, John Cazale
Gene Hackman stars in this brilliant, if tragic, early character study from director Francis Ford Coppola. Throughout his richly varied career, Hackman has rarely evoked such stark pathos as he does in his portrayal of Harry Caul, a wiretapper of exceptional skill whose services are in high demand. His job: to record what is asked of him and nothing more. His personal motto is just as simple: Don’t get involved. This indifference has served him well, yet has also led to three murders that have since haunted him with a quiet vengeance. When given a new assignment that places a matter of life or death directly in his hands, Caul spirals into a world of doubt, where shocking twists reward the viewer in a get-under-your-skin kind of narrative that is as much about surveillance of others as it is about surveillance of oneself. Written and directed in the same year as The Godfather Part II, and consequently overshadowed, this startling tapestry of alienation is not to be missed on the big screen.