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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
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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)
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 failure of the film sank Hawkeye Productions by 1990. This was the only film they actually made. See more »

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Features Christmas in July (1940) 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.
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Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeexcellent!!!!!!
17 May 2007 | by (San Francisco CA USA) – See all my reviews

I vividly remember the very first time I saw this about 15 years ago. I was NOT well! This is a chilling expose' on the potential pitfalls of excessive denial. It follows the exploits of a down-trodden actress who is obviously behind on just about everything but most importantly, her telephone bill. There are only about 4 people in the whole film, Whoopi, Elliott Gould, his blond companion, and the telephone man.

This would be an eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeexcellent Twilight Zone episode because the first time I watched it, I was completely taken aback by the ending.

This is a wooooooooooooooooonderful showcase for that sorely under-appreciated talent that is Whoopi. It is intense, surprising, poignant, heartbreaking, and laugh-out-loud funny.

A tour-de-force!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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