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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

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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)
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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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Release Date:

22 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Telefon Terror  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,811, 24 January 1988

Gross USA:

$99,978
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Trivia

Harry Nilsson, Terry Southern and Rip Torn put a cut of the takes Whoopi Goldberg had done according to the script together and took it to Sundance, where it attracted some interest. However, New World sabotaged them by putting the film out in a very limited release around that same time-using the takes Goldberg had improvised instead. See more »

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Features Christmas in July (1940) See more »

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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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Can cinema feel like a theater?
4 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie by accident once and i was stunned...One woman holds an entire movie creating you -the viewers- the feeling of communication...Whoopi relies on her talent to make you laugh...(Watch the scene while she is a chinese chef)..sometimes a bit more than she should.Nevertheless,it's ending gives you a "sixth sense" feeling.(Meaning an element turns upside down all that you think till now). A true original that gives a real challenge to any actor.


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