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The Slender Thread (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama | 16 December 1965 (USA)
A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Shana Alexander (article), Stirling Silliphant
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... Alan Newell
Anne Bancroft ... Inga Dyson
Telly Savalas ... Dr. Joe Coburn
Steven Hill ... Mark Dyson
Edward Asner ... Det. Judd Ridley
Indus Arthur Indus Arthur ... Marian
Paul Newlan ... Sgt. Harry Ward
Dabney Coleman ... Charlie
H.M. Wynant ... Doctor Morris (as H.N. Wynant)
Bob Hoy ... Patrolman Steve Peters (as Robert Hoy)
Greg Jarvis Greg Jarvis ... Chris Dyson
Jason Wingreen ... Medical Technician
Marjorie Nelson Marjorie Nelson ... Mrs. Thomas
Steven Marlo ... Arthur Foss
Thomas Hill ... Liquor Salesman
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Storyline

Alan is a Seattle college student volunteering at a crisis center. One night when at the clinic alone, a woman calls up the number and tells Alan that she needs to talk to someone. She informs Alan she took a load of pills, and he secretly tries to get help. During this time, he learns more about the woman, her family life, and why she wants to die. Can Alan get the cavalry to save her in time before it's too late? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Two Academy Award Winners Giving the Performances of Their Lives See more »

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Trivia

During the opening sequence of the film, there's a view of a man piloting a boat, and the boat's name is "Silliphant", which is a reference to Screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. See more »

Goofs

The movie is evidently set in June, since Newell writes 6-12 (June 12) on the call sheet (visible around the 21 minute mark), and no one is dressed for cold weather. But Inga's boss is away on a ski trip, something that wouldn't happen that time of year in the Seattle area. See more »

Quotes

Mark Dyson: [to Inga] Do you think that not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth?
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Connections

Referenced in You're a Big Boy Now (1966) See more »

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Written and Produced by Quincy Jones
Performed by Quincy Jones
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More of the 1960's unique film style from a lost era.
10 January 2001 | by THX-1138-2See all my reviews

I enjoyed the film not only for its taught and gripping story line; but also for the director's imaginative filming technique. The Slender Thread is unique in it's actual "threading" of actors, particularly, who become much bigger in life as their careers flourish. I always enjoy the chance to see an actor/actress before they go on to fame. Stephen Hill is one of those.

Although not a true film noir; the black and white filming for me adds to the total involvement of the viewer and gives a heightened perspective to the whole cinema outing.

I suggest the film highly. The interactions between cast are worth the view.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Voice in the Wind See more »

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