The 1974 Oscar Nomination The Conversation Is A Slow Burn – Not My Favorite Movie

I have just trudged through the 1974 movie The Conversation. For me, watching this movie was unwittingly slow and until the very end, it was fairly uneventful.

The following contains plot spoilers:

Gene Hackman plays a man who has worked as a wiretapper for what appears to be too long a time. Having spent his life spying on other people, he has reached the point that he feels that others are spying on him. During past operations, his wiretapping efforts have resulted in harm’s coming to people that he believed to be innocent, and in the movie, he feels that he is doing that again. Because of his work, Hackman’s character has become paranoid and fearful. As the movie progressed, however, I was not sure how much that Hackman’s character is imagining and how much is actually taking place.

The end of the movie has an element of slight surprise, but in my opinion, the ending does not totally neutralize the damage done by the lethargic and dull storyline before the end. In my opinion, The Conversation is not a great movie, and I would not have nominated it for any Oscar awards.

©Jacki Kellum February 14, 2016

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