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A man gets trapped inside a telephone box and nobody is able to free him.

Director:

Antonio Mercero

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Antonio Mercero (story), José Luis Garci (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
José Luis López Vázquez ... Hombre de la cabina
Agustín González ... Hombre segunda cabina
Goyo Lebrero Goyo Lebrero ... Jefe de bomberos
Tito García ... Señor corpulento
Carmen Martínez Sierra Carmen Martínez Sierra ... Señora 1ª
Carmen Luján Carmen Luján ... Señora 2º
María Vico María Vico
Felipe Martín Puertas Felipe Martín Puertas ... Trabajador 1 (as Felipe Martín Puerta)
José Montijano José Montijano ... Trabajador 2
Blaki Blaki ... Guardia
Mariano Bardera Mariano Bardera ... (as Mariano Barderas)
Antonio Moreno Antonio Moreno ... Cristalero
José Miguel Aguado José Miguel Aguado ... Kid
José Manuel Hoyos José Manuel Hoyos ... Kid
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A man gets trapped inside a telephone box. Onlookers unsuccessfully try to free him. Then the men from the telephone company arrive, but relief turns into puzzlement, then horror, as it transpires what they have in store for him. Written by Donald Fisk <donald@info.bt.co.uk>

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Short | Drama | Horror

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 December 1972 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A telefonfülke See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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La Cabina - a film not easily forgotten
28 August 2005 | by matt-akersSee all my reviews

Like so many of the other reviewers, I saw this film in the early eighties on BBC2 and have never managed to see it since. It's one of those films you see in your childhood and then later in life, wonder if you'd dreamt it. I'm glad to find I hadn't and that I'm one of a select band who remember that BBC2 showing!

It's a film you'd never forget once seen. Particularly the ending, which would disturb anyone, but especially an impressionable youngster. It's in that "surreal reality" style that Spanish filmmakers seem to do best and has continued since(eg 'Abre los ojos').

Although the first 45 minutes of the film portray what - to a degree - could be seen as "normality" (ie a man getting stuck in a phone box and the attempts to release him), I remember as a child a strange feel of unease throughout, even though I didn't know the ending. Maybe it's just my claustrophobia, but I think Antonio Mercero managed to maintain the ideal mix of "normality" and "strangeness" to keep you transfixed.

Quite why it's not been shown again on terrestrial in the UK is a mystery. Yes, it's disturbing, but so are a lot of films shown today. It's also a film of quality and one that I'd recommend to anyone who wants something different and something that will leave a lasting impression. Clearly from the points made by others this film does!


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