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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Comedy | Drama

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22 January 1988 (USA)  »

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Telefon Terror  »

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Trivia

Terry Southern and Harry Nilsson cast Whoopi Goldberg in the film after seeing her standup routine. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Happy Endings
Written by Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston
© Daywin Music, Inc., administered by Careers Music Inc.
Bruce Johnston Publishing, administered by Careers Music Inc. and Daywin Music Inc.
Performed by The Beach Boys and Little Richard
Produced by Terry Melcher
(The Beach Boys appear courtesy of Brother Records, Inc.)
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I'm glad I saw it.
23 July 2000 | by (Oregon USA) – See all my reviews

Flicking the TV, I caught this film somewhere near its beginning. Having no idea of what it was or what it was supposed to be, I got strangely caught up in it. It's not great, but it is unusual... and that's saying something nowadays. I see here at the IMDb that most people don't like it. Hate it even. However, to get a better idea of how good or bad other people think it is, I suppose I would have to screen out those people who would hate ANY film that consisted of essentially only one person talking. It would probably be appreciated better by those people who like live theater; it has that quality to it. Still, it's not great and I don't think I would find it worth the money and effort to go out somewhere to see it. But on TV or as a rental it's worth seeing, interesting enough in its own odd way. I'm glad I caught it.


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