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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  3 February 2006 (USA)
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During an otherwise routine babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.

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Storyline

Jill Johnson is being forced to babysit at a BIG house all by herself for exceeding her telephone minutes. Then all of a sudden a stranger calls making these weird remarks. Jill decides to call the police to trace the call. Jill is freaked out when she finds out that the call is coming from inside the house! Jill runs in a hurry trying to get the children and leave. Will Jill make it in the house in time? Will she live? Well you just have to watch the movie to find out! Written by Crmn_Stvns

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Whatever You Do, Don't Answer The Phone. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense terror, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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3 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando un extraño llama  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,566 (South Africa) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$174,153 (South Africa) (7 July 2006)
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Trivia

In preparation for her role as Jill, Camilla Belle had to do two months of weight training and learning how to run. See more »

Goofs

After tracing the call, Officer Burroughs tells Jill the calls are coming from inside the house. When Jill drops the phone, you can see the picture of the wallpaper and 'Handset 2' on the screen with Burroughs still talking in the close shot of the phone. This would not appear if the phone was still on the line. See more »

Quotes

Jill Johnson: Tiffany, I know it's you. I can see your name on Caller ID, genius.
Voice of the Stranger: This isn't Tiffany.
Jill Johnson: Who is this?
Voice of the Stranger: [pause] Who is this?
Jill Johnson: Cody?
Voice of the Stranger: Who's Cody?
Jill Johnson: You better cut this out!
[stranger hangs up]
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Lock It
Written by Joe Faraci
Performed by Faraci
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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i watched this film out of morbid curiosity....
26 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and i really wanted to hate it. i so adored the original and found it offensive that it was being remade, that whole 'you cant mess with perfection' idea in my head. i came away from it with the distinct impression that the director had only the highest regard for the original film and total respect for the filmmaker. the new version tries to update the story for the 21st century and actually has some interesting takes on how modern technology can be used for scary elements. the smart house motion sensored lights added a nice touch as did caller id when its not who it says it is! although they tried too hard to bulk up the story with unnecessary side nonense and the timing was off, i give the man high marks for effort and his obvious attention to the integrity of the original work.


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