A gripping thriller about a surveillance expert who goes further than he is supposed to. Gene Hackman plays this 'best-of-class' professional eavesdropper, who has mastered his trade over 20 years - and believes his ability to remain impersonal, distant from his subjects is what makes him good. However, one learns that things aren't that easy and eventually time runs out for everybody - and we slowly get to learn more about Harry Caul. A particular case, unusually for him, draws him in and to the inevitable.
Fascinating thriller by Francis Ford Coppola - coincidentally, what made the movie more pertinent at that time was that it came out just before the Watergate scandal broke out. Sparsely made - in terms of dialogues, emotions - but the starkness in acting and brilliant camera work, makes it an ore pleasure to watch.
Rating: * * * +