The Slender Thread (1965)

 |  Drama  |  28 March 1966 (Sweden)
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A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Newell
Inga Dyson
Dr. Joe Coburn
Mark Dyson
Det. Judd Ridley
Indus Arthur ...
Paul Newlan ...
Sgt. Harry Ward
Doctor Morris (as H.N. Wynant)
Robert F. Hoy ...
Patrolman Steve Peters (as Robert Hoy)
Greg Jarvis ...
Chris Dyson
Jason Wingreen ...
Medical Technician
Marjorie Nelson ...
Mrs. Thomas
Arthur Foss
Thomas Hill ...
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Alan is a Seattle college student volunteering at a crisis center. One night when at the clinic alone, a woman calls up the number and tells Alan that she needs to talk to someone. She informs Alan she took a load of pills, and he secretly tries to get help. During this time, he learns more about the woman, her family life, and why she wants to die. Can Alan get the cavalry to save her in time before it's too late? Written by Pat McCurry <>

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28 March 1966 (Sweden)  »

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Sydney Pollack's directorial debut. See more »


After Inga attempts suicide by drowning herself in the bay, she arrives at hospital with perfectly styled hair. See more »


Mark Dyson: [to Inga] Do you think that not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth?
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Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) See more »

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Telephone Extension Taken Literally

Sydney Pollack's first feature directorial debut after years of directing episodic television is crisp, tense, and generally very well-acted. Anne Bancroft plays a woman facing a turning point hard to cope with in her life and Sidney Poitier plays a young college student raking in hours at a suicide hot-line extending a figurative helping hand. Though the two great actors share no scenes together - they have a certain chemistry as they talk, talk, and talk on the phones, and we are given flashback sequences showing us how and why Bancroft is fighting her new found depression. Though the story itself is rather mundane in terms of the impetus for her disposition, the dialog and performances easily make up for any inadequacies. Both Bancroft and Poitier really shine in their roles and the rest of the cast - especially Telly Savalas do fine work. It is evident that Pollack was honing his craft but also possessed a great deal of ability in terms of framing a shot and creating a strong pace and presence throughout the picture.

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