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When Michael Calls (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Thriller  -  5 February 1972 (USA)
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Helen keeps on receiving phone calls from a child, who claims being her nephew Michael - but Michael died 15 years ago! In these calls he scolds on acquaintances, who then die in suspicious... See full summary »

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Doremus Connelly
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Helen Connelly
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Craig
Karen Pearson ...
Peggy Connelly
Larry Reynolds ...
Dr. Britton
Al Waxman ...
Sheriff Hap Washbrook
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Harry Randall
Chris Pellett ...
Peter
Steve Weston ...
Enoch Mills
Robert Warner ...
Sam
John Bethune ...
Quinlan
William Osler ...
Prof. Swen
Michèle Chicoine ...
Amy
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Helen keeps on receiving phone calls from a child, who claims being her nephew Michael - but Michael died 15 years ago! In these calls he scolds on acquaintances, who then die in suspicious accidents. Soon Helen has to fear to be the next victim. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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In "When Michael Calls," Elizabeth Ashley receives mysterious phone calls. Who's keeping her on the hook?

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29 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elizabeth Ashley is receiving phone calls from her nephew Michael--he's crying, screaming and asking for help. The problem is Michael died 15 years ago.

This film scared me silly back in 1972 when it aired on ABC. Seeing it again, years later, it STILL works.

The movie is a little slow and predictable, the deaths are very tame, it's never explained why it takes Michael 15 years to call and there's a tacked-on happy ending, but this IS a TV movie so you have to give it room. Elizabeth Ashley is excellent, Ben Gazzara is OK and it's fun to see Michael Douglas so young. And those telephone calls still scare the living daylights out of me. I actually had to turn a light on during one of them!

A creepy little TV movie. Worth seeing.


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