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The Slender Thread (1965)

 -  Drama  -  28 March 1966 (Sweden)
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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
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Marian
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Charlie
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Chris Dyson
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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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During the opening sequence of the film, there's a view of a man piloting a boat, and the boat's name is "Silliphant," which is a reference to the writer of the film, Stirling Silliphant. See more »

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During the opening titles, in the opening scene where the camera zooms from an aerial shot onto Anne Bancroft, The fountain in the film is played backwards. The water flows up from the bottom of the fountain up to the top and back down into where the water spout appears from. After the aerial shot scene change, the water then runs in the correct direction. See more »

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Mark Dyson: [to Inga] Do you think that getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth?
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The Slender Thread is a compelling drama starring Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft and directed by Sydney Pollack
19 February 2011 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

In continuing to review movies featuring African-Americans in chronological order for Black History Month, we're once again at 1965 with another of Sidney Poitier's releases from that year. Here, he's Alan Newell-one of his few roles in which race is not an issue, a lone operator at the crisis prevention center in Seatle, Washington. He doesn't expect much service since the initial call is some barber complaining about his job but suddenly a woman who we find out is one Inga Dyson (Anne Bancroft) is on another line and talks about ending it all. I'll stop there and just say this was quite a compelling drama with excellent performances by both of the leads and crisp direction by Sydney Pollack on his first feature film. And they're surrounded by many good supporting turns by Telly Savalas as Dr. Joe Coburn, Edward Asner as Det. Judd Ridley, and Steven Hill as Inga's husband Mark. Other faces you may be familiar with that appear in smaller roles include Jason Wingreen and Dabney Coleman without his famous mustache. Other than a couple of extras in a dance scene, the only other person of color involved here is composer Quincy Jones on his first Poitier project. He work is excellent throughout the film. So on that note, I highly recommend The Slender Thread. P.S. Jones, like me, is a Chicago native.


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