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Hotline (1982)

A beautiful telephone operator is stalked by a murderous madman.


Jerry Jameson


Stancil E.D. Johnson (story), David E. Peckinpah (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lynda Carter ... Brianne O'Neill
Steve Forrest ... Tom Hunter
Granville Van Dusen ... Justin Price
Monte Markham ... Kyle Durham
Joy Garrett Joy Garrett ... Judy
James Reynolds ... Ron Chandler (as James V. Reynolds)
Harry Waters Jr. ... Rick Hernandez
James Booth ... Charlie Jackson
Arthur Malet ... Hooten
Nick Angotti Nick Angotti ... Larsen
Julian Fellowes ... Leo
James Ingersoll James Ingersoll ... Policeman
Blane Savage Blane Savage ... Tim Tracy
Scott Durnavich Scott Durnavich ... Andy
Linda Fernandez Linda Fernandez ... Hostess


Horrific tale abounds, a beautiful crisis center employee, Brianne O'Neill (Lynda Carter "Wonder Woman") being stalked by a crazed killer via telephone and, has a large penchant on hacking his victims locks before killing them. Can Brianne, stop this psychopath before she falls to his deadly grip? Written by Anonymous

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Hang Up! Before HE comes to cut you off...DEAD!


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Release Date:

16 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forró drót See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Ron Samuels Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Who Is Stalking Wonder Woman?
25 January 2015 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Chesty California art student Brianne O'Neill (Lynda Carter) accumulates multiple admirers from her night-time job tending bar. They range from creeps to charming eccentrics. Dr.Justin Price (Granville Van Dusen), a psychiatrist who runs a distress centre falls somewhat in to the latter category. He hires her to answer distress calls at his centre during the day.

In to this attractive young widow's life a stalker enters and aggressively pursues her invading her home. Possibly the same depraved individual is behind multiple murders of young women in the area. Probably the same sicko is continually calling Brianne at the distress centre speaking in riddles and taunting her.

Price downplays the seriousness of the phone calls as do co-workers. A lot of cranks call in to the centre and they are used to it. But the raspy-voiced creep continues to call the centre and asks for her. Brianne continues to accept the calls and play along trying to guess the riddles he keeps leaving her with even as he calls her at home and then the bar.

Brianne doesn't scare easily. That is one of the first things we find out about her. Because of this aspect of her character she can indulge her curiosity sorting through the variety of weirdos she meets with seemingly lesser regard to her own life and limb than most might have. But given that a number of the same weirdos are within her social circle that might be another reason.

The surprise resolution to the mystery is mildly jarring to the viewer but considerably more so to the heroine/potential next victim.

Though less than brilliant this goofy but fun CBS TV movie has real appeal not merely for its distinguished cast but also for the fact that it tells us a story rather than giving us a lecture. Far too many made-for-TV movies produced at that time and since featured a serious social issue plot and 'Based on a true story' pedigrees. An old-fashioned movie with a fictionalized narrative was becoming rare in made-for-TV cinema.

The script for this production could have been made into a low-budget feature. Because it was on television it offered the viewer a movie night without leaving the comfort of home or incurring the expense and hassle of going to the cinema.

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