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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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Credited cast:
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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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Marian Waldman ...
Elsa Britton
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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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Not-bad TV-made guessing game with a teleplay from future filmmaker James Bridges...
12 July 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

ABC Movie of the Week involves Elizabeth Ashley as a divorced single parent who mysteriously begins receiving a series of spooky phone calls from a child who says he's her nephew, a boy who allegedly died in a snowstorm years prior; ex-husband Ben Gazzara and brother Michael Douglas (who heads up a home for emotionally disturbed youngsters) investigate on their own after a bee-keeper and a sheriff both turn up dead. Spotty teleplay from James Bridges, adapting a novel by John Farris, inexplicably drops a thread about a young burglar caught red-handed, and also a farmhouse which the killer sets on fire. However, the phone calls here are certainly creepy (even better than the ones from Doris Day's "Midnight Lace") and the performances by Ashley and Gazzara are solid. Bridges and Michael Douglas later reunited on "The China Syndrome".


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