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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
Severn Darden ...
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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Comedy | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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22 January 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Telefon Terror  »

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Trivia

The film was meant to have a summer release. It was released at Christmas, following Whoopi Goldberg's lawsuit. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Fantastic Four (2015) 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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Brilliant early Whoopi

The film has all the humor, wit and charm of Whoopi Goldberg's, multi-character, one-person shows with a more cohesive aspect defined by a single, central character. Notice the "hats-off" to Richard Pryor and a final plot twist that shocks and tugs heart strings simultaneously. This one might cruise right over your head. Watch it more than once.


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