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Hanging by a Thread (1979)

A group of old friends on an outing re-live various traumas and tragedies via flashback whilst trapped high above a ravine in a disabled cable-car.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Groom ...
Paul Craig
Sue Grainger (as Patty Duke Astin)
Anita Minton
Oliver Clark ...
Eddie Minton
Alan Durant
Burr DeBenning ...
Jim Grainger
Peter Donat ...
Mr. Durant
Ellen Craig
Michael Sharrett ...
Tommy Craig
Ted Gehring ...
Jim Croft
Lonny Chapman ...
Charles Minton
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
Mrs. Durant
Brendon Boone ...


A group of old friends on an outing re-live various traumas and tragedies via flashback whilst trapped high above a ravine in a disabled cable-car. Written by R Lindsay

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8 May 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Colgando de un hilo  »

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"Postpone the trip. Bad weather due......."
27 July 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I might have seen this Sam Groom Made-for-Television film once and a half in the early 1980s because it is split between two parts and the second time I've watched it was when I was eager to watch the whole length. Its generally melodramatic stuff and also as time moves on, its overlong at 3hrs 10mins in total about a couple of trippers stranded in an inactive cable car after it was struck by lightening. Seems pretty odd......eh....when the trippers and the cable car operators should have checked the weather forecast!!! On the other hand, the lightning strikes during daylight and its suddenly night time where most of the scenes were set. In the whole, the film is really poor for a lengthy two part drama with daft plots that descends severely and tediously into soap opera stuff with several of the trippers cry and bitch about other members of the travelling party or get flashbacks while Burr Debenning gets burnt... Yawn....until Sam Groom saves the day only just. Not recommended then and certainly not recommended today.

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