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The Telephone Book (1971)

 -  Comedy  -  3 October 1971 (USA)
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The story of a day in the life of a lonely, sensitive, exhuberent, attractive, young woman. Her exploits, encounters, and frustrations as she attempts to find a "special" someone, a caller ... See full summary »

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Alice
Norman Rose ...
Mr. Smith
James Harder ...
Obscene-Caller
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Eyemask
Ondine ...
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Barry Morse ...
Har Poon
Ultra Violet ...
Whip Woman
Geri Miller ...
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Analyst
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Man in Bed
Matthew Tobin ...
Mugger
Jan Farrand ...
Woman in the Park
David Dozer ...
Obscene-Caller
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Dolph Sweet ...
Obscene-Caller
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The story of a day in the life of a lonely, sensitive, exhuberent, attractive, young woman. Her exploits, encounters, and frustrations as she attempts to find a "special" someone, a caller who has "class", as she puts it. Written by dharmabum <darmabum@li.net>

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The story of a girl who falls in love with the world's greatest obscene phone call.

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Considered a source of inspiration for Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972). See more »

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References The Magic Christian (1969) See more »

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Something To Remember Me By
Written by Arthur Schwartz & Howard Dietz
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So-so Softcore Sex Comedy
25 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Telephone Book has developed a cult following over the years due to its pedigree (Nelson Lyon, a future writer of Saturday Night Live) and cast (William Hickey, Jill Clayburgh). However, it is still an early 70's softcore sex comedy, the type of film Something Weird Video specializes in. The plot has a young woman being so turned on by an obscene phone call that she attempts to track down the caller. This leads to encounters with all types of crazies as the woman wanders around Manhattan.

For what it is, The Telephone Book shows more imagination than most of its type. The film even includes an animated section where a giant woman has sexual intercourse with a skyscraper. This section and a housewife's dirty monologue about a banana are the only laugh out loud moments in the film. The rest of the jokes only slightly amuse (at best) . One is advised to view the film with expectations set by the genre and not by its cult reputation.


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