The Conversation (1974) Poster


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Followed by 

Enemy of the State (TV Series)

Remade as 

The Conversation (1995) (TV Movie)
Remake of the film for a potential series.


Citizen Kane (1941)
Search for the elusive truth hidden behind mysterious people.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
It is referenced.
Rear Window (1954)
It is referenced.
Vertigo (1958)
Peeping Tom (1960)
It is referenced.
Psycho (1960)
Blow-Up (1966)
Acknowledged as a key influence by Francis Ford Coppola.
The Godfather (1972)

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Buddy Rich/Gabe Kaplan/Cindy Williams/Kreskin (1974) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions Cindy Williams' current movie
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Vincent Price/Bert Convy/Chaz Chase/Joan Rivers (1974) (TV Episode)
Johnny refers to Hal Lipset's work as a consultant on the movie
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Suzanne Pleshette/Jim Henson/Bobby Kosser/Hal Lipset (1974) (TV Episode)
Hal Lipset discusses the surveillance methods seen in the movie
The Deer Hunter (1978)
John Cazale is playing a character named Stan again.
Hardcore (1979)
Enigmatic clues and a horizon of uncertainty.
Sneak Previews: Take 2: The Best Films of the '70s (1979) (TV Episode)
A still is shown. The movie makes Gene Siskel's list of the best movies of the 1970s.
Raging Bull (1980)
Blow Out (1981)
Film is another direct influence; the plot of both films is about a murder conspiracy discovered using audio recording equipment.
Saturday Night Live: George Wendt and Francis Ford Coppola/Philip Glass (1986) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Francis Ford Coppola at end of Vietnam Sketch
La tarea (1991)
It is referenced.
JFK (1991)
A series of disturbing suspicions shakes the life of a man.
Sneakers (1992)
At the Movies: Matinee/Alive/Body of Evidence/Sniper (1993) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Sniper" review.
Hideaway (1995)
The Game (1997)
Mad About You: The Conversation (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
Pi (1998)
Father Ted: Escape from Victory (1998) (TV Episode)
The frantic searching for bugs by Ted is an allusion to the ending of The Conversation.
Enemy of the State (1998)
When the NSA pulls up their file on Brill the picture they have of him is a picture of Gene Hackman's character in The Conversation.
At the Movies: Enemy of the State/Waking Ned Divine/A Bug's Life/Celebrity/The Rugrats Movie (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Enemy of the State" review.
It's Like, You Know...: The Conversation (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The Pledge (2001)
Heist (2001)
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
blood mysteriously emerges from toilet in key scene
Dean Tavoularis, le magicien d'Hollywood (2003)
Dean Tavoularis worked on it
Elliot Flies (2003) (Short)
Quo Vadis, Baby? (2005)
This movie can be spotted in Matteo Berti's VHS collection.
Munich (2005)
When Avner is checking his room for devices, it's a reference to Gene Hackman doing the same in The Conversation. Very similar in time and beat.
The Making of 'Enemy of the State' (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
Zodiac (2007)
Part of the soundtrack is used.
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Skins: Sid (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
A Film with Me in It (2008)
Mentioned by Mark
Shhh (2008) (Short)
After trashing his flat, one character plays a saxaphone
Glee: Laryngitis (2010) (TV Episode)
The sequence where "Rachel" listens to the audio tapes of the rehearsals is shot in a similar style to the sequences where "Harry Caul" listens to the surveillance tape.
Jeopardy!: 2010 Tournament of Champions Quarterfinal 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,600 clue in the category "Palme d'Or Winners"
Beneath the Veneer of a Murder (2010) (Short)
The off-screen phone conversation between Tom (Mark Grant) and Daisy (Jennifer McCartney) echo the cryptic kind of conversations heard by Harry Caul (Gene Hackman).
Castle: Setup (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Castle.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Classics from the Vault: Great Performances That Oscar Ignored (2011) (TV Episode)
Gene Hackman's performance is mentioned as one that should have been Oscar-nominated
Castle: Dial M for Mayor (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Castle
This Means War (2012)
Cover seen on shelf in DVD store.
The Finder: The Conversation (2012) (TV Episode)
title reference
Sushi Girl (2012)
Detective named Harry Caul Jr. in homage to the main character Harry Caul.
Amber Alert (2012)
People capture for random the audio of a conversation possibly related to a crime.
The Dirties (2013)
DVD is shown in Matt's room.
Castle: Target (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by name, plot disscussed
Angels (2013) (Short)
spoofs a scene filmed in San Francisco
Breaking Bad: Rabid Dog (2013) (TV Episode)
The scene at the plaza resembles the scene at the beginning of The Conversation. Much of the surveillance equipment was purposely made to be like the surveillance equipment in the film.
Video Store Girl (2013) (Video)
Video is a homage to this earlier movie
Birth of the Living Dead (2013)
Photograph is shown.
Stephanie (2013) (Short)
The story follows a reserved private investigator obsessing over a case and discovering a dark truth.
Life Itself (2014)
Poster seen
The Heart Machine (2014)
Influence according to the director.
David Shire: The Sound of the City (2016) (Video)
Stranger Things: Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat (2016) (TV Episode)
Hopper tearing apart his house looking for a bug.
Mr. Robot: eps2.2_init_1.asec (2016) (TV Episode)
Torrented copy of the film seen on Elliot's computer.
Halt and Catch Fire: Valley of the Heart's Delight (2016) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions the movie by name.
Documentary Now!: Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid, Part 2 (2016) (TV Episode)
Referenced as a Best Picture nominee in 1975
Better Call Saul: Lantern (2017) (TV Episode)
After his electrical meter continues to run, Chuck frantically tears apart the walls inside his home to locate the trace source of electricity but to no avail. This is an homage to the ending of "The Conversation" in which Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) frantically tears apart the walls inside his apartment to locate a listening device but to no avail.
Talking Saul: Lantern (2017) (TV Episode)
Peter Gould mentions the film as his main inspiration for the sequence with Chuck destroying the interior of his house in Better Call Saul: Lantern (2017).
Spielberg (2017) (TV Movie)
Poster is shown.
Creep 2 (2017)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Magicians: The Tales of the Seven Keys (2018) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
The Gentlemen (2019)
Fletcher introducing his survrillance video


The Flintstones (1960) (TV Series)

Featured in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: McLean Stevenson/Gene Hackman/George Carlin/Gloria DeHaven (1974) (TV Episode)
Gene Hackman introduces a clip from his movie
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Words (1987) (Short)
Clips shown
The Siskel & Ebert 500th Anniversary Special (1989) (TV Special)
Clip is shown.
At the Movies: The Seventies (1993) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006)
featured in documentary
Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies: New Frontiers (2013) (TV Episode)
clips shown and title/theme music discussed
TCM Guest Programmer: Gilbert Gottfried (2013) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Voyeur Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
The Conversation is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Will Make You Paranoid (2015) (TV Episode)
The Conversation is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Paranoid Movie Characters (2015) (TV Episode)
Harry Caul is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Cannes Palmes d'Or Winners (2016) (TV Episode)
The Conversation is #6.
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)
Clips shown.

Spoofed in 

Tiny Toon Adventures: Grandma's Dead (1992) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "The Eavesdropper"
Spaced: Art (1999) (TV Episode)
A man listening in to a conversation through the walls with machinery spoofs a scene in this film.
Community: Digital Exploration of Interior Design (2012) (TV Episode)
Pierce's surveillance operation.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
One of Earl and Greg's movies ("The Complete Lack of Conversation")

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