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The Slender Thread (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 March 1966 (Sweden)
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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Cast

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 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 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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When a woman's emotions sway on a slender thread, expect anything ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1966 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Voice in the Wind See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sydney Pollack's feature film directorial debut. Pollack had worked for years in television before getting his break with this film. See more »

Goofs

After Inga attempts suicide by drowning herself in the bay, she arrives at hospital with perfectly styled hair. 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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Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) See more »

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Theme For Inga
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Anne Bancroft, RIP
2 December 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I believe that this was Sydney Pollack's directorial debut. If so, then he certainly gave an interesting insight into his future work. Seattle college student Alan Newell (Sidney Poitier) is working at a crisis hotline center when he gets a call from housewife Inge Dyson (Anne Bancroft), who is reaching the breaking point. Because they can't see each other, it gives the movie a real sense of tension, as implied by the title - even if it drags a little bit at times.

A previous reviewer said that Poitier plays his usual role: a morally superior black man in a white-dominated society. That's partly true, but here, he has a job that anyone could have, and his race doesn't really matter (although as the reviewer noted, they could have been subtly talking about race). As for Anne Bancroft, her death six months ago brings her filmography to mind. This may have not been her most famous role, but I would recommend it.


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