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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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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

Whoopi Goldberg took director Rip Torn and the film's producers to court to prevent the film's release due to its poor quality. She lost. See more »

Connections

Features Christmas in July (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

One Love/People Get Ready
Written by Bob Marley and Curtis Mayfield
© Cayman Music (A.S.C.A.P.)/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Performed by Bob Marley
Courtesy of Island Records
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Great movie. Hope to see it on DVD someday

I saw this movie on TV the first time, but got in about 15 min. into it so naturally I started hunting for it on video. I finally found it and have been watching it many times. Whoopie Goldberg gives a heartwarming/-breaking performance as VashiBlue, whose main contact with the surrounding world is her telephone and her answering machine. She is obviously a lonely person, living with an owl and a goldfish, but does get company once in a while and loves to argue with the neighbour, who constantly complains about her and threatens to contact immigrations to have her kicked out. The ending comes as a total surprise and I couldn't help crying after I saw it in full the first time. I still do, if it's been a while since I saw it last. Definitely a movie to see and I hope it will be released on DVD soon, region 2, since I live in Denmark.


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