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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson
Dr. Mandrakis
Will Mandrakis
Allison Mandrakis
Detective Hines
Officer Lewis
Boom Boom
Track Coach


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 out of 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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando un extraño llama  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,607,203, 5 February 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,860,214, 19 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tessa Thompson and Clark Gregg both have roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Gregg appearing as Phil Coulson in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) while Thompson appears in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) as Valkyrie. See more »


In the shot where Tiffany is talking to Jill in the kitchen, her hair is slightly tucked on her right side. When the shot returns back to her seconds later, her hair is perfect and not tucked at all. See more »


Jill Johnson: [phone rings] Hello?
[no answer]
Jill Johnson: [sighs] Mandrakis Residence.
Voice of the Stranger: Have you checked the children?
Jill Johnson: What
[stranger hangs up. Jill runs and checks on the children. Comes Back downstairs]
Jill Johnson: [phone rings] Hello?
Voice of the Stranger: [pauses] How were the children?
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Written by Joe Faraci
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Beautiful girl, nice house but that's about it really
8 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

When A Stranger Calls is a remake of a 1979 film of the same name, a movie that i have not yet seen. The plot is quite simple. A high school chick has racked up a large phone bill and to pay it off has to do some babysitting. She babysits in a real nice house packed full of gadgets in a remote location.

Camilla Belle is alone for the most part, she's a good-looking girl and acts pretty well. This isn't really a horror film, it's just about making you scared and it does that well for much of the time but at times it can be frustrating. It's constantly building up tension but to be honest, will little action and that's where it can get slightly boring.

I have a few issues with this movie, but that's not to say I'm slagging it off because it wasn't a bad movie, with suspense and manages to entertain somewhat. But why the did the Mandrakis' need a babysitter in the first place? They had a maid. Why didn't she just look out for the kids? Secondly, if she was there, then why not any conversation between the two. They could have at least said a few words and not just the maid saying hello.

Thirdly, why did Tiffany come along only for a few minutes?. What was the point? and drove all the way up to that remote location. That must have really meant at least 30 minutes or even more she wouldn't be spending at the bonfire party.

And, why didn't Jill go check the kids more?. OK, she did after the stranger's call. But she's the frigging babysitter. Surely, she would have had the decency to check the children are fine more often.

Plus, there was a lot of noise. Phone ringing quite a few times. Jill making noise from being scared, answering the phone, turning on the TV, music, Tiffany talking and stuff like that. Might have woken the kids.

And finally, seems that Jill will be spending more time babysitting after another phone bill she seems to have racked up in the process.

But anyway, who cares, half-decent entertainment, nice looking girl and house.

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