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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 ... 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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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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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally titled "Cross My Heart And Hope To Die" and slated to star Elizabeth Ashley (who was forced to drop out over a contract dispute). 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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Featured in The Directors: The Films of Sydney Pollack (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme For Inga
Written and Produced by Quincy Jones
Performed by Quincy Jones
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A True Classic
4 March 2002 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

I saw it years ago (because they don't show it anymore) and I loved it. This is one of the best films I have ever seen. I am not such a big fan of drama, but this mixture of drama and suspense, coupled with a touching homage to the selflessness and compassion of the suicide prevention workers, is simply breathtaking. I also liked the fact that race is never an issue, yet it does loom between the lines (she can't see his color, so, in what sense does it even exist?). Bancroft and Poitier are among my favorite stars because so many of their films are so good. I always want to know: what role does an actor have in selecting his movie roles? Actors are - I hope - not only actors, but selectors of roles. That is a critical role, because there is no good acting in a bad movie.


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