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The Slender Thread -- A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.

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Writers:
Shana Alexander (article)
Stirling Silliphant (written by)
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Release Date:
28 March 1966 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(14 articles)
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Cast

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Sidney Poitier ... Alan Newell

Anne Bancroft ... Inga Dyson

Telly Savalas ... Dr. Joe Coburn

Steven Hill ... Mark Dyson

Edward Asner ... Det. Judd Ridley
Indus Arthur ... Marian
Paul Newlan ... Sgt. Harry Ward

Dabney Coleman ... Charlie

H.M. Wynant ... 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

Steven Marlo ... Arthur Foss
Thomas Hill ... Liquor Salesman
Lane Bradford ... Al McCardle
Janet Dudley ... Edna
John Napier ... Dr. Alden Van
Stephen Pellegrini ... Police Cadet Pellegrini
Jerome R. Brand ... Police Cadet
Kay Doubleday ... Jinny
Jo Helton ... Registration Nurse
Richard Doorish ... Pete

Charlotte Stewart ... Telephone Operator
Viola Harris ... Telephone Supervisor
George Savalas ... Pool Player
O.L. Haavik ... Pastor (as Dr. O.L. Haavik)
Nicholas Prebezac ... Child at Beach
Drew Eskenazi ... Child at Beach
Erin Almond ... Child at Beach
Pam Bagby ... Child at Beach
William R. Rhodes ... Police Station Dispatcher
Charles C. Andrews ... Motel Manager
Melody Greer ... Zipper Girl
Sons of Adam ... Discotheque Band
Walter Maslow ... 1st TV Newsman (as Walter Mazlow)
Allen Emerson ... 2nd TV Newsman
Lou Clark ... Nightwatchman
David Harris ... Nightwatchman
Phillip Browne ... Office Boy
Archie Smith ... Janitor
Joseph R. Denini ... Fire Station Dispatcher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fay Baker ... Telephone Supervisor (uncredited)
Susan Bartel ... Woman in Elevator / Typist (uncredited)
John Benson ... Patrolman Bert Enyard (uncredited)
Regina Carrol ... (uncredited)
Karen Norris ... Mrs. Hillman, Inga's Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
 
Writing credits
Shana Alexander (article)

Stirling Silliphant (written by)

David Rayfiel  uncredited

Produced by
Stephen Alexander .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Stanford 
 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Jack Poplin 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
Joseph Kish 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
William Davidson .... unit production manager (as William C. Davidson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Roberts .... assistant director (as Don Roberts)
William R. Poole .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound recordist (as John Carter)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nelson Tyler .... aerial photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frank London .... dialogue coach
 

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98 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Mark Dyson:[to Inga] Do you think that not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Three Days of the Condor (1975)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Telephone Extension Taken Literally, 25 June 2008

Sydney Pollack's first feature directorial debut after years of directing episodic television is crisp, tense, and generally very well-acted. Anne Bancroft plays a woman facing a turning point hard to cope with in her life and Sidney Poitier plays a young college student raking in hours at a suicide hot-line extending a figurative helping hand. Though the two great actors share no scenes together - they have a certain chemistry as they talk, talk, and talk on the phones, and we are given flashback sequences showing us how and why Bancroft is fighting her new found depression. Though the story itself is rather mundane in terms of the impetus for her disposition, the dialog and performances easily make up for any inadequacies. Both Bancroft and Poitier really shine in their roles and the rest of the cast - especially Telly Savalas do fine work. It is evident that Pollack was honing his craft but also possessed a great deal of ability in terms of framing a shot and creating a strong pace and presence throughout the picture.

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