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The Telephone (1988)

A crazy out of work actress, Vashti Blue, spends all her time in her small apartment with her pet owl and her telephone, which she uses to try and solve all her problems with life.

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Vashti Blue
Severn Darden ...
Max
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Rodney
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Telephone Man
Ronald J. Stallings ...
Saxophone Player
John Hattan ...
Sidewalk Vendor
Lina Chu ...
Sidewalk Vendor
James Victor ...
Big Ray on Answering Machine (voice)
Robin Menken ...
Voice on the Freeway (voice)
Danae Torn ...
Midge on Answering Machine (voice)
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Voice on the Freeway (voice)
Don Blakely ...
Larry on Answering Machine / Voice on the Freeway (voice)
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Honey Boxe / Irate Neighbor / Jennifer on Answering Machine
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A crazy out of work actress, Vashti Blue, spends all her time in her small apartment with her pet owl and her telephone, which she uses to try and solve all her problems with life.

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She's on the line...and off the wall.

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22 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Telefon Terror  »

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The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 11th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1988. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Fantastic Four (2015) See more »

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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
Written by Hank Williams
Performed by Whoopi Goldberg (uncredited)
© 1979 (Renewed 1976) Acuff-Rose/Opryland Music, Inc. and Hiram Music, Inc. for the U.S.A.
Outside the U.S.A. Acuff-Rose/Opryland Music, Inc International Copyright Secured
All Rights Reserved
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Jaw-droppingly bad
3 June 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Whoopi Goldberg gets a great character-name here (Vashti Blue), and perhaps had an opportunity on film to really cut loose like she used to do on-stage in her pre-"Color Purple" days, but "The Telephone" is out-of-order, to be charitable. Goldberg plays an actress--with a pet owl!--who spends her time arguing on the horn. She's neurotic, but not funny. Director Rip Torn was apparently in over his head; didn't he do his homework and research Goldberg's style? If so, he didn't use a smidgen of it here. There's nothing wrong with a plot less movie, as long as it provides something of interest, like some good jokes. The screenplay (by Harry Nilsson and Terry Southern, of all people) doesn't even offer any promise. Whoopi's mere presence gives the movie an edge, but it's as shapeless and static a film as I've ever seen.


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