A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.

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Alan Newell
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Inga Dyson
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Dr. Joe Coburn
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Mark Dyson
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Det. Judd Ridley
Indus Arthur ...
Marian
Paul Newlan ...
Sgt. Harry Ward
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Charlie
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Patrolman Steve Peters (as Robert Hoy)
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Chris Dyson
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Marjorie Nelson ...
Mrs. Thomas
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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 <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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28 March 1966 (Sweden)  »

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Sydney Pollack's directorial debut. See more »

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

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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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More of the 1960's unique film style from a lost era.
10 January 2001 | by (Columbia, WI) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the film not only for its taught and gripping story line; but also for the director's imaginative filming technique. The Slender Thread is unique in it's actual "threading" of actors, particularly, who become much bigger in life as their careers flourish. I always enjoy the chance to see an actor/actress before they go on to fame. Stephen Hill is one of those.

Although not a true film noir; the black and white filming for me adds to the total involvement of the viewer and gives a heightened perspective to the whole cinema outing.

I suggest the film highly. The interactions between cast are worth the view.


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