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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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Vashti Blue
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Telefon Terror  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$54,811 (USA) (24 January 1988)

Gross:

$99,978 (USA)
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Trivia

First (and as of 2014 only) theatrical film directed by Rip Torn. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Lakota National Anthem
Arrangement by Kevin Locke
Performed by Kevin Locke
Courtesy of Featherstone Productions
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12 December 2001 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

Love it or hate it, it's impossible to remain neutral about this movie. It's kind of like watching a train wreck-tough to look at, but equally tough to tear yourself away from. One thing its detractors point out is that the story is just not movie material, and they do have a point. This piece would play far better as a stage play or on TV, but it is totally unworkable on the big screen. Whoopi is one of the greatest talents of our generation but even she can't make this premise work. Since it more or less all takes place on one set, it does become claustrophobic. Still it does have its moments- Vashti Blue is definitely one sick puppy but she's still fascinating. This part is an actor's dream. And in lesser hands than Whoopi's this could have been a total disaster. It would have been easy to turn the whole part into a grotesque caricature but Whoopi, pro that she is sidesteps that. She makes the character oddly appealing. A definite wack-job, yes but also a very touching one. You definitely feel what this woman is going through, and almost wish you could help. And that ending? Whoa. I definitely did NOT see it coming, and afterwards I felt like I'd swallowed an ice-cream cone whole. I won't give it away, but suffice to say it's VERY disturbing. Personal taste will have to dictate its level of success.


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