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The Telephone Book (1971)

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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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Woman in the Park
David Dozer ...
Obscene-Caller
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Dolph Sweet ...
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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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I would suggest to you ladies and gentleman of the jury that what we have here is a filmed work of unclassifiable obscene content, uniquely inoffensive and with no precedent in the film world...before or sub
31 October 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

Who is John Smith? why....every man's deepest fantasy of course. As he utters at one point and which sums up this incredibly original and black-humored ode to left wing sexuality..."I have perfected the obscene call to the point where I could seduce the President, his wife and his family - but I have no political ambition!"

Poor old Alice, cute little Goldie Hawn wannabe and who is a couple of bra-sizes short of average intelligence, she decides to answer her telephone! Big mistake - it is the world's most experienced serially-obscene phone caller. Does she care? No, she falls in love with him. She must embark now on the ultimate sexual odyssey to discover the joys of true spoken obscenity.

This film is unlike anything else ever made - as original as ERASERHEAD, as meaningless as an Osmond Brothers album. You have to see it...if for no other reason to witness Barry Morse's cameo to end all cameos. They surely COULDN'T have paid him to do it...he MUST have paid them!

I have had this film for twenty years and STILL haven't let my kids see it! I think mine is the only copy in Australia, if not the southern hemisphere. A deep deep underground film that could NEVER have found theatrical release I imagine.


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