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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)
Greg Jarvis ...
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 »

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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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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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