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The Slender Thread (1965)

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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Doctor Morris (as H.N. Wynant)
Robert F. Hoy ...
Patrolman Steve Peters (as Robert Hoy)
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Chris Dyson
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Medical Technician
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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Con la vida en un hilo  »

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Although top-billed, Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft don't appear on screen together in a single scene. Bancroft later repeated this odd accomplishment when she and Anthony Hopkins co-starred, but played no scenes together, in 84 Charing Cross Road. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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A True Classic
4 March 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw it years ago (because they don't show it anymore) and I loved it. This is one of the best films I have ever seen. I am not such a big fan of drama, but this mixture of drama and suspense, coupled with a touching homage to the selflessness and compassion of the suicide prevention workers, is simply breathtaking. I also liked the fact that race is never an issue, yet it does loom between the lines (she can't see his color, so, in what sense does it even exist?). Bancroft and Poitier are among my favorite stars because so many of their films are so good. I always want to know: what role does an actor have in selecting his movie roles? Actors are - I hope - not only actors, but selectors of roles. That is a critical role, because there is no good acting in a bad movie.


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