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When a Stranger Calls (1979)

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A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

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Kirsten Larkin ...
William Boyett ...
Sgt. Sacker (as Bill Boyett)
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Heetu ...
Houseboy
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Joseph Reale ...
Bartender (as Joe Reale)
Ed Wright ...
Retired Man
Louise Wright ...
Retired Woman
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Storyline

High school student Jill Johnson is traumatized over an evening of babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks, "Have you checked the children lately?" After notifying the police, Jill is told that the calls are coming from inside the house... Written by Betsy Bloomley <betsybloom@juno.com>

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...Fear is the Message! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

26 October 1979 (USA)  »

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When a Stranger Calls  »

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Budget:

$740,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script to the film's original shooting draft specifies that the setting is supposed to take place in 1971. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, Jill goes to her bedroom closet to see if Curt Duncan is in there. She is about to open the door with her left hand. In the next shot, she opens it with her right hand. See more »

Quotes

Curt Duncan: [to Tracey, at the bar] My mind. Your mind. Where do they fit in? Do you see what i mean?
[Tracey glares, turns her head and moves a stool away from him]
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Connections

Remade as When a Stranger Calls (2006) See more »

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Space Race
Performed by Billy Preston
Courtesy of A&M Records
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User Reviews

 
still scary
29 December 2005 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

This movie still scares me. I have babysat before in someone else's house and i remember getting the creeps with every little noise i heard. This is the ultimate realistic scary movie. You can easily put yourself in her place, unlike many of the horror films we see today. We had a discussion about this movie today (Dec. 2005) when we talked about a coworker wearing clothes the same color as the walls and her blending in... it brought up the discussion about the stalker painting himself to blend into the wall. I am excited to see that it will be remade next year. i hope it is just as good as the original. I can't wait to see it.


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