Harry Caul is hired to record the conversation of a couple (Cindy Williams and Frederic Forrest) as they walk through crowded Union Square in San Francisco.
Caul now has a sound recording of the beautiful Cindy Williams uttering the phrase, "He'd kill us if he got the chance" Although the words are crystal clear, their meaning is not.
Who could forget the drunk (George Meyer) in AMERICAN GRAFFITI who steals Toad's money to buy wine? Not me. For THE CONVERSATION, he took a shower, shit, & shaved, and donned a plaid suit and started selling surveillance products at trade shows.
Salesman (George Meyer) tries to sell Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) the latest top of the line, high tech spy equipment.
In AMERICAN GRAFFITI he was the hardy hand-shaking Hank who nominated Curt for the Moose Lodge Scholarship. In THE CONVERSATION character actor, Albert Nalbandian, is a hilarious, obnoxious, salesman at the surveillance convention promoting the new LT 500. Incidentally, Nalbandian has owned and operated a flower stand for more than 60 years in the Union Square area where the first scenes of THE CONVERSATION were filmed.
Harry Caul has become increasingly paranoid over the significance and meaning of the conversation he recorded and suspects that the couple he has been spying on will be murdered. Caul has a crisis of conscience and avoids handing in the tape to the aide (Harrison Ford) of the man who commissioned the surveillance (Robert Duvall)
Caul's investigation leads him to a hotel where he believes the murder is about to take place. Can he prevent it? Will he make it in time to save the beautiful Cindy Williams??? What will happen???