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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pics!

You may remember Jordan Krug won the big Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard contest and I promised a ton more shots from him… I’ve used a few of them, including some great bloody toilet shots from The Conversation, but now it’s time for more Conversation pieces.

And these are interesting because they’re from deleted scenes that editor Walter Murch doesn’t believe exist in any form, so it’s possible shots like these are the only way to get a feel for these lifted plot elements.

This one in particular I found very interesting. There’s a piece in the movie where a neighbor leaves a bottle of wine on Gene Hackman’s apartment doorstep and you wonder why. Turns out the tenants are getting fed up with the ill-repair of the apartment building and elect Hackman’s Harry Caul as their representative… Funnily enough, Caul is owner, but is so private nobody knew.

So, he’s elected to complain to himself. He ends up going to his lawyer to figure out what to do in this situation. He’s also hoping everybody leaves because… well, he’s not a people person to begin with and he also wants to profit from an urban renewal project in the neighborhood.

Other than that, I’m kind of in the dark on what this subplot contained, but thanks to these pictures I know one Mr. Abe Vigoda (who is still with us, God bless him) features in it. Is he one of the tenants? Caul’s lawyer? The books on the desk in the below pictures look like law books, so lawyer’s a good guess, but the only thing I know for sure is that he rocks a kick-ass polka-dotted bow tie.

So, below are some shots featuring said bow tie, Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman and a whole lotta cool! As far as I know these photos are debuting here, so if you use ‘em for your site please link back and credit us. Thanks!

Thanks once more to Jordan Krug for sending the pics along as well as the information on these deleted scenes. Click to embiggen!









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Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic features another Bay Area filmmaker. You probably haven’t heard of him, though.

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  • June 27, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda is the coolest

    by Sci-FiJunky

  • June 27, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    oh and btw some actual dark knight rises footage

    by The Fuck

  • June 27, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Hitchcock tomorrow

    by jr1623

    Vertigo or The Birds perhapds....

  • June 27, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    now that's cool

    by Stifler's Mom

    I never knew about that deleted subplot, but I suggest we elect Quint as this site's new representative, and limit Harry to even more occasional nonsensical reviews.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    he's very obscure...

    by Maniaq

    you've probably never heard of him

  • June 27, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    God, I miss Abe Vigoda

    by Gene_Parmesan

    God called him home way too early. Thanks for posting these pictures of when he was still alive. Godspeed, good buddy. Godspeed.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda was a good ole gent.

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    I heard he asked God to let him off the hook, for old times sake. God said, can't do it Aby!

  • June 27, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda will out live us all.

    by sweeneydave

  • June 27, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    I bow to this film

    by lookylookymoontard

  • June 27, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    We want bloody toilet pictures!!

    by Ronald Raygun

    Quint, we request -- nay DEMAND to see those bloody toilet pictures!

  • June 27, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST


    by Quint

  • June 27, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Gene Hackman is one of the greats

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    I know he's 80 years old now, but man, I wish he'd come out of retirement. I love The Conversation too, one of Coppola's best.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Oscar for best performence in a deleted scene?

    by seansarto

  • June 27, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    That's either young Abe Vigoda or old Hank Azaria.

    by little_lebowski

  • With Eric Idle and John Cleese.

  • June 27, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda is my nephew..


  • June 27, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Abe Vigoda will live forever

    by SifoDyasJr

    because even when he finally does die, no one will believe it there have been so many false reports

  • June 27, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST



    Abe Vigoda will outlive everyone!! All hail the great Abe Vigoda!!

  • June 28, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Really liked David Shire's score

    by caruso-stalker217

    But didn't care too much for the film.

  • June 28, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Gene Hackman is amazing

    by disfigurehead

  • June 28, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Quint: SCARFACE BTS "angel annihilation" pic requests

    by Monroville

    Even though De Palma has said repeatedly that they never filmed more than what was seen in SCARFACE (regarding the Columbians sawing Angel into pieces), there are some juicy BTS pics on both DVD editions clearly showing a prosthetic arm hanging from the shower rods. <p> Any chance you and your contacts could see if they can dig some more dirt on this? <p> Your mission, if you choose to accept it....

  • June 28, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Let's not forget . . .

    by AlyFox

    . . . Harrison Ford in a small role. I really wonder how this film would do today, would people find it as slow moving as I did when I saw it. Liked it, mind you, just slow moving. Especially when tech is so advanced now you can place a bug anywhere, whereas it took a bit more doing back then.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Another thing.

    by AlyFox

    Hey, I have something to say about SUPERMAN, think I'll leave it on the comment board for THE CONVERSATION!

  • June 28, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    That last shot is the cream of the crop

    by Somerichs

    No wonder you saved it for last...

  • June 28, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Hackman rules

    by donkingkong

    It's a shame they don't make movies like the Conversation anymore.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    great film

    by ragingfluff

    Agreed that Hackman should come out of retirement and do ... something. Anything. I think his last official performance was in some terrible Ray Romano vehicle. I'd take him as voice talent in a Pixar cartoon, even if it was just a minute. Or voiceover for a documentary like his buddy Morgan Freeman. If they can get Abe Vigoda for the Snickers commercial and they can get Joe Pesci for the Snickers commercial, couldn't they get Gene Hackman for something?

  • June 29, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Conversation streaming free on Netflix as we speak.

    by Jerry Piper

    Great mood movie. I will never think of "Shirley" the same again.

  • June 29, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    So was the blood-bathroom scene real in the movie

    by KilliK

    or was the protagonist dreaming about it?

  • June 29, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    @v3d Yes

    by KilliK

  • July 1, 2011, 2:46 a.m. CST

    The Conversation is 95% of a great thriller. (Spoilers.)

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    The other 5% doesn't quite work if you think about it: Gene Hackman's character is always super careful except for exactly the few occasions where the plot needs for him to falter. With basically no notice the villians are able to improvise a team to con Gene Hackman's character that consists of his biggest rival and two of Hackman's ex-employees. During the murder the villians never notice Gene Hackman standing directly on the other side of the frosted glass balcony wall, even though he gets a pretty good look at them. An overflowing bloody toilet apparently doesn't attract any attention or suspicion by the hotel staff or the police. (And like the hotel clerk wouldn't remember a nervous looking man specifically asking for that hotel room or one adjoining it.) The villians are able to stab a man to death in a hotel room and then later stage it as if he died accidentally in a car crash instead, fooling everyone including what would have been a mandatory autopsy. Don't get me wrong, this movie is well worth watching (heck, I just rewatched it myself off Netflix earlier this evening). I just wish they could have been a little smarter in making it and gone that last 5%.