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Murder by Phone (1982)

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A disgruntled phone company employee develops a device whereby those answering a phone can be murdered, and it's up to Nat Bridger to stop the killer.

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Nat Bridger
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Stanley Markowitz
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Ridley Taylor
Robin Gammell ...
Noah Clayton
Gary Reineke ...
Lt. Meara
Barry Morse ...
Fred Waites
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John Websole
James B. Douglas ...
Jack Gilsdorf
Ken Pogue ...
Fil Thorner
Neil Munro ...
Winters
Jefferson Mappin ...
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Detective Tamblyn
Colin Fox ...
Dr. Alderman
Luba Goy ...
Beth Freemantle
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Connie Lawson
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A disgruntled phone company employee develops a device whereby those answering a phone can be murdered, and it's up to Nat Bridger to stop the killer.

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Your phone can pierce your brain, explode your heart, and jolt you ten feet in the air! See more »


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December 1982 (USA)  »

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Hell's Bells  »

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CAD 5,600,000 (estimated)
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Nat Bridger: I'll call ya!
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Pictures of telephones are displayed throughout the concluding credits, which finish with a telephone ringing. See more »

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Wow! A Horror Movie That Bashes Big Corporations!
16 October 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

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This has to be an all-time first. I've yet to see or hear of another horror movie that bashes big corporations like this one does. Although this movie was filmed in the early 80's, it feels like it was made in 1969. The main character is a bearded college professor played by Richard Chamberlain. After people are murdered by answering their telephones and the police don't do anything about it, he goes up against a big telephone corporation that has it's offices in a downtown skyscraper in an unnamed city, although we know all along it's Toronto. Once he gets there, the clean cut manager tells him that radical environmentalists do more harm than good to everyday life because they're paranoid. Chamberlain just stares at him and knows the whole thing is a cover-up and does old fashioned gumshoe work to figure out the case. There must have been at least four different shots of skyscrapers throughout the movie just to remind us that these big, evil corporations are up to no good and and the bleeding heart's have to save the world. This is more of a TV movie than a solid chiller, although the score by John Barry is chilling at the right times. You'll have the psycho figured out quickly if you listen closely to his voice on the phone. Chamberlain is good once again although he looks ugly with that beard. Remember, this is the guy who looked like he was 17 when he was actually 34 because of his youthful appearance.

Score, 7 out of 10 Stars


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