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Release Date:
28 March 1966 (Sweden) See more »
A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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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
Eliot Tiegel .... liner notes

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
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 You're a Big Boy Now (1966)See more »
PsychosisSee more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A True Classic, 4 March 2002
Author: ivan beshkov ( from Los Angeles

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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