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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 ...
Liquor Salesman


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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30 minuuttia kuolemaan  »

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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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I should have known. Poitier = Acting 101
19 February 2007 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

I saw this title coming up on TCM, read the synopsis, and KNEW instantly that this one I had to see. And like I said, I should have known. Poitier is probably one of the top ten dramatic actors of ALL TIME! I'm not sure I've ever seen a bad film that he was in. This little gem, was tremendous. I don't comment on many film's but when I see one I haven't seen before, and it's as good as this one, I can't restrain myself. Watch it when/if you can, and you won't be disappointed! There are many subplots and twists to this film, and it has many fine performances, including Telly Savalas, and Ann Bancroft. There are small parts, for a young Dabney Coleman, and one of Ed Asner's early ones as well. I am a classic movie buff, with over 800 titles in my library, and I simply love it when I come across a new one that I hadn't seen/heard of before. Like I said, Watch this one when/if you can.

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