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Director:
Writers:
Robert Hammer (screenplay) &
Michael D. Castle (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 February 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He'll Know You're Alone! See more »
Plot:
A deeply disturbed photographer and Vietnam veteran, named Kirk Smith, terrorizes Los Angeles by going... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Worth a Look See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Westmoreland ... Lt. Chris McCabe
Ben Frank ... Sgt. Hatcher

Flo Lawrence ... Dr. Lindsay Gale (as Flo Gerrish)
Nicholas Worth ... Kirk Smith

Denise Galik ... Lisa
Stan Haze ... Adkins
Gary Allen ... John Feldon
Michael D. Castle ... Lab Man (as Michael Castle)
Pamela Jean Bryant ... Sue Ellen (as Pamela Bryant)
Ted Chapman ... Man in Bar
Chris Wallace ... Psychic Von Hammensveld
Dale Kalberg ... Nurse
Deborah Leah Land ... Police Woman
Tom Lasswell ... Police Psychiatrist
Mike Levine ... Gary Markov
Chuck Mitchell ... Sam Gluckman
Victor Mohica ... Ventura

Susanne Severeid ... Hooker
Paula Warner ... Carol
Hugh Corcoran ... Wino
Gail Jensen ... Joyce
Joyce Ann Jodan ... Roommate
Corinne Cook ... Rikki
Ellen Kay Karsten ... Hooker
Havoc Oliver ... Hooker
David Osterhout ... Policeman
Peter Fain ... Policeman
Jon Greene ... Policeman
Robin R. Oliver ... Dope Dealer (as Robin Oliver)
Shirley Handelsman ... Nurse's Mother

Don Lake ... Man in Plastic
Eileen Castle ... Neighbor
Danny Disner ... Boyfriend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Dunaway ... Fred at Radio Station (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Hammer 
 
Writing credits
Robert Hammer (screenplay) &
Michael D. Castle (screenplay)

Michael Curtis (based on "Nightline" by)

Produced by
Michael D. Castle .... producer
Robert Hammer .... producer
Michael Towers .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Byron Allred 
 
Cinematography by
James L. Carter  (as James Carter)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Fineman  (as Joseph Fineman)
 
Art Direction by
Kathy Curtis-Cahill  (as Kathy Cahill)
 
Makeup Department
Teresa M. Austin .... makeup artist (as Teresa Austin)
Mira Hammer .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tikki Goldberg .... production manager
Scott M. Rosenfelt .... production manager (as Scott Rosenfelt)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Osterhout .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Elliot Nachbar .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas B. Arnold .... boom operator (as Douglas Arnold)
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Jan Brodin .... sound mixer
Ken Collins .... sound effects editor
Michael Jiron .... re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Richard Albain .... special effects (as Dick Albain)
 
Stunts
Marilyn Olsson .... stunt double
John Sistrunk .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony DeFabees .... additional photographer
Gary Featherstone .... best boy gaffer
Arthur Krauss .... second assistant camera
Andrew G. La Marca .... additional photographer (as Andy LaMarca)
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
Van Spaulding .... electrician
Tim Suhrstedt .... first assistant camera (as Timothy Suhrstedt)
Mike Taylor .... grip
Christopher Tufty .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deborah Lynn Scott .... wardrobe (as Deborah Scott)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Cummings .... assistant editor
Robert Gordon .... associate editor
 
Transportation Department
John Lelko .... transportation
 
Other crew
Susan Cooley .... production assistant
Robin R. Oliver .... assistant to producer (as Robin Oliver)
Sharron Reynolds .... production coordinator
Tom Rolapp .... production assistant (as Thomas Rolapp)
Kathryn Zatarga .... script supervisor (as Kathy Zatarga)
 

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Runtime:
94 min | USA:85 min (DVD)
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Trivia:
Made under the title "The Hollywood Strangler."See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The first blonde victim can clearly be seen to breathe after being strangled.See more »
Quotes:
Sam Gluckman:I want you to know something, officer. I wouldn't print anything like this. I mean really... candles stuck in all her privates? That's just sick.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The American Nightmare (2000)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Worth a Look, 19 December 2005

Don't Answer the Phone is yet another film from the late 70s and early 80s about a psychotic, demented, socially awkward killer who brutalizes women because of his "problems" - whatever those problems might be. This time around we have a muscular, fat Vietnam vet who was never good enough for his father butcher pretty girls just after they have stripped from their little clothing. Nicolas Worth plays the wheezing, maniacal killer with a bizarre almost interesting quality. He is not a good actor yet is able to hold your attention throughout. I wish I could say something pleasant about the rest of the cast, but none of the rest are very competent. The police detectives who are looking for Worth - one which falls in love with the pretty radio psychiatrist that can shed light on the killer's identity - were particularly bad. The girls are pretty but the misogynistic flair devoted to their deaths is particularly degrading and unpleasant. The film is at least not overtly gory and had me interested until the end. The story was compelling enough and Worth is worth a look if nothing else.

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Alex Jones would be awesome as Kirk Smith in a remake GreenGoatGhost
Book the film was based on rachaela
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Not that bad. Ripe for a re-make SE7EN/Silence of the Lambs style TheScreenWatcher
Good 'n bad! Sro100
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