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When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)

A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead...

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Julia Jenz
Gene Lythgow ...
William Landis
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...
Skid Row Woman (as Karen Austin)
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Agent
John Destry ...
Detective 1 (as John Blackwell Destry)
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Club Owner
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Club Girl 1 (as Jennifer Griffin)
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Terence Kelly ...
Medical Examiner
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Center Woman 1 (as Michele Lonsdale-Smith)
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Sheelah Megill ...
Center Woman 2 (as Sheelagh Megill)
Rebecca Mullen ...
Club Girl 2
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Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. During the evening, a stranger knocks on the door asking Julia if she can call the auto club so he can get a tow. The phone line is dead though. This is all part of the act as he has made his way inside and abducted the two children. Years later, Julia has become an introvertive college student. She claims the stalker is back haunting her. Enter Jill Johnson and now retired cop John Clifford, who have reunited to help Julia find the stalker. Can they stop him before he strikes again? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Before there was "Scream," there was... the stranger.


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Rated R for terror/violence, and for some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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The film was dedicated to actor Tony Beckley who played the villain in the original When a Stranger Calls (1979). See more »

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Its stated that Julia was asked at the last minute to babysit. If so, why did Landis have the whole scenario planned for that night? He would not know she was going to be there. See more »

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William Landis: I am not the reflection of anything. I am not an illusion. I am the truth. I'm invisible. Unknowable. You people are the real illusionists. You people are the real illusionists!
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"No one can see me now. No one hears me. I am invisible." For Tony Beckley See more »

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TV sequel is surprisingly good!
26 December 2005 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Made for television sequel of Walton's 1979 thriller ,When a Stranger Calls, surprisingly lives up to the original film in almost every way.

Jill is now a PI herself, and with the help of her old friend hopes to save a young woman who believes she has been terrorized by a maniac for years.

When a Stranger Calls Back mirrors the original film very much, but it's in a good way. It packs much of the same kinds of suspense and atmosphere of the original film, all the while telling a new and interesting mystery. Of course much of this is owed to director Walton, who returns to do another bravo job of molding this film.

Charles Durning and Carol Kane reprise their original roles well.

Intriguing and well-done all the way, When a Stranger Calls Back is a good sequel that isn't hampered by its television limitations. Those who enjoyed the original film will undoubtedly find it a worthy sequel.

*** out of ****


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