MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,776 this week

The Telephone (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  22 January 1988 (USA)
4.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.4/10 from 656 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 7 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 715 titles
created 15 Mar 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 90 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 7473 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 55 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Telephone" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Telephone (1988)

The Telephone (1988) on IMDb 4.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Telephone.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Associate (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A comedy about making it on Wall Street. Prejudices are hard to break and Laurel Ayres quickly learns that in order for people to take her seriously she has to work for an older white man or be one.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, Eli Wallach
Eddie (1996)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Rash
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Langella, Dennis Farina
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Whoopi Goldberg, Dwight Schultz
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that weren't bad enough, he's white.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson, Will Smith
Showboy (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Fired from a TV show, a writer looks into becoming a chorus boy while a documentary crew follows his efforts.

Directors: Lindy Heymann, Christian Taylor
Stars: Christian Taylor, Lindy Heymann, Joe Daley
Good Fences (TV Movie 2003)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Good Fences is about an upwardly mobile black family for whom the American dream becomes a nightmare. Set in the 1970s, Tom Spader is an attorney who is determined to end what he has dubbed... See full summary »

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Simmons Glover
Inside Out (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An agoraphobic must give up his sheltered life and venture outside after a series of personal and financial problems.

Director: Robert Taicher
Stars: Elliott Gould, Howard Hesseman, Jennifer Tilly
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young widow still grieving over the death of her husband finds herself being comforted by a local housepainter.

Director: David Anspaugh
Stars: Elizabeth Perkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner
Soapdish (1991)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An ambitious TV soap actress connives with her producer to scuttle the career of the show's long-time star, but nothing works as they plan.

Director: Michael Hoffman
Stars: Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr.
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Naked in New York begins in the car of grown up Jake, he is talking to us about his girlfriend, Joanne, (watch for the facial expressions) and to whom you can turn to for help while facing ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Algrant
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Mary-Louise Parker, Ralph Macchio
Repairs (1987)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Goldman, Barry Gordon
Smoothtalker (1990)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A cop tracks down a serial killer who goes after women who work for a phone-sex company.

Director: Tom Milo
Stars: Joe Guzaldo, Paul Raci, Blair Weickgenant
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Vashti Blue
Severn Darden ...
Max
...
Rodney
...
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)
...
Voice on the Freeway (voice)
Don Blakely ...
Larry on Answering Machine / Voice on the Freeway (voice)
...
Honey Boxe / Irate Neighbor / Jennifer on Answering Machine
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She's on the line...and off the wall.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Telefon Terror  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The script was originally written in mind for Robin Williams but Williams turned it down and the lead role went on to Williams' Comic Relief USA partner Whoopi Goldberg. See more »

Connections

Features Christmas in July (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

March of the Swiss Soldiers
(uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Whoopi Goldberg
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Can cinema feel like a theater?
4 February 2001 | by (Greece,Thessaloniki) – 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.


4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Just scored this on DVD kidneyboy1
So how does it end?? emmapeelout
Harry Nilsson Is A Genius. However... SolarExcuse
Discuss The Telephone (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?