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Director:
Writers:
Steve Feke (written by) and
Fred Walton (written by)
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Release Date:
26 October 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...Fear is the Message! See more »
Plot:
A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
The Top 11 Home Invasions in Horror
 (From Dread Central. 16 December 2013, 8:00 AM, PST)

Listen in on Eight of Horror Cinema's Most Terrifying Phone Calls
 (From FEARnet. 21 August 2013, 4:00 PM, PDT)

The 5 Worst Phone Calls in Movie History
 (From NextMovie. 14 March 2013, 7:00 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
A sharp, unnerving chiller! See more (106 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carol Kane ... Jill Johnson

Rutanya Alda ... Mrs. Mandrakis

Carmen Argenziano ... Dr. Mandrakis
Kirsten Larkin ... Nancy
William Boyett ... Sgt. Sacker (as Bill Boyett)

Charles Durning ... John Clifford

Ron O'Neal ... Lt. Charlie Garber
Heetu ... Houseboy

Rachel Roberts ... Dr. Monk
Tony Beckley ... Curt Duncan

Colleen Dewhurst ... Tracy

Michael Champion ... Bill
Joseph Reale ... Bartender (as Joe Reale)
Ed Wright ... Retired Man
Louise Wright ... Retired Woman
Carol Tillery Banks ... Mrs. Garber (as Carol O'Neal)
Dennis McMullen ... Maintenance Man
Wally Taylor ... Cheater
John Tobyansen ... Bar Customer
Sara Damman ... Bianca Lockart
Richard Bail ... Stevie Lockart

Steven Anderson ... Stephen Lockart

Lenora May ... Sharon
Randy Holland ... Maitre d'
Trent Dolan ... Policeman #1

Frank DiElsi ... Policeman #2
Arell Blanton ... Policeman #3
DeForest Covan ... Officer #1 (as De Forest Covan)

Charles Boswell ... Officer #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dick Warlock ... Bartender (uncredited)
Cheryl Wilson ... Mrs. Shifrin (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Walton 
 
Writing credits
Steve Feke (written by) and
Fred Walton (written by)

Produced by
Doug Chapin .... producer
Steve Feke .... producer
Larry Kostroff .... associate producer
Barry Krost .... executive producer
Melvin Simon .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dana Kaproff 
 
Cinematography by
Donald Peterman (director of photography) (as Don Peterman)
 
Film Editing by
Sam Vitale 
 
Casting by
Penny Perry 
 
Production Design by
Elayne Barbara Ceder 
 
Set Decoration by
Lee Poll 
 
Makeup Department
Ruby Ford .... hair stylist
Billy Laughridge .... hair stylist (as Billie Laughridge)
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Edie Panda .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Barbara Michaels .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Ledding .... first assistant director (as Ed Ledding)
Lynn M. Morgan .... second assistant director (as Lynn Morgan)
 
Art Department
Priscilla Beroud .... assistant property master
Leonard Cross .... leadman
Martin Marias .... property master
 
Sound Department
Martin Raymond Bolger .... production sound mixer (as Martin Bolger)
Bud Fuellgrabe .... boom operator
Walter Goss .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith Stafford .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Stan Barrett .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Ball .... second grip (as Jim Ball)
Joe Castagnoli .... second camera assistant
Jim Everly .... electrician
John M. Hennessy .... key grip (as John Hennessy)
Leslie J. Kovacs .... gaffer (as Les Kovacs)
Brice Mack .... camera operator (as Brice Mack III)
Carol McCullough .... still photographer
Joseph J. Orefice .... best boy (as Joe Orefice)
Bill Randall .... dolly grip
Baird Steptoe .... first camera assistant
 
Casting Department
Beverly Long .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bruno .... costume supervisor (as Dick Bruno)
Dean Skipworth .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Susan Cooper .... editorial consultant
John Fenady .... apprentice editor
Harold Wilner .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
William Cockrell .... transportation co-captain
Jim Martell .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Harriet Brown .... assistant to producers
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... production coordinator (as Virginia Cook)
Marc Dodell .... production assistant
Barbara Hogan .... script supervisor
Ed Margulies .... unit publicist
Rita Moseley .... location auditor
Jim Swinehart .... craft service
 

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Runtime:
97 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The phone number of the house where the character Jill Johnson (played by Carol Kane) is babysitting, (555-2368) is the same house phone number used in Jamie Lee Curtis's house in the movie Forever Young (1992) starring Mel Gibson.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Jill Johnson:[thinking it's Curt again] Leave me alone!
Sgt. Sacker:Jill, this is sergeant Sacker. Listen to me. We've traced the call... it's coming from inside the house. Now a squad car's coming over there right now, just get out of that house!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Why did Curt target Jill?
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A sharp, unnerving chiller!, 23 October 2008
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

Near-classic suspense film takes some inspiration from such classic horror movies as Black Christmas (1974) and Halloween (1978), and proves to be a worthy follower!

Lunatic terrorizes babysitter via telephone, now years later he is on the loose again. Will a private investigator be able to stop him before he reaches his earlier victim's family?

While the mid-portions of this film become a bit more of a crime-drama, the opening sequences and the grand finale are truly scary! Director Fred Walton builds atmosphere and extreme tension so well that even as we can guess the out come of a scene it's still terribly intense! Walton keeps the story intriguing through out, delivering some awesome moments of edge-of-your-seat suspense. Also adding nicely to the moodiness of this film is the eerie music of Dana Kapraff.

The cast is very good. The great Charles During does a solid job as the PI. Carol Kane is captivating as the babysitter turned victim. But perhaps best of all is the late Tony Beckley. Beckley makes for a completely scary madman, but oddly enough manages to create some sympathy for his character!

When a Stranger Calls is a too often over-looked thriller. For those seeking a film with some terrific suspense, it's an excellent choice!

Followed by a television sequel in 1993.

*** 1/2 out of ****

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