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The Telephone (1988)

A crazy out of work actress, Vashti Blue, spends all her time in her small apartment with her pet owl and her telephone, which she uses to try and solve all her problems with life.

Director:

Rip Torn

Writers:

Harry Nilsson (screenplay), Terry Southern (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Vashti Blue
Severn Darden ... Max
Elliott Gould ... Rodney
John Heard ... Telephone Man
Ronald J. Stallings Ronald J. Stallings ... Saxophone Player
John Hattan John Hattan ... Sidewalk Vendor
Lina Chu Lina Chu ... Sidewalk Vendor
James Victor ... Big Ray on Answering Machine (voice)
Robin Menken Robin Menken ... Voice on the Freeway (voice)
Danae Torn Danae Torn ... Midge on Answering Machine (voice)
Hervé Villechaize ... Voice on the Freeway (voice)
Don Blakely ... Larry on Answering Machine / Voice on the Freeway (voice)
Amy Wright ... Honey Boxe / Irate Neighbor / Jennifer on Answering Machine
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A crazy out of work actress, Vashti Blue, spends all her time in her small apartment with her pet owl and her telephone, which she uses to try and solve all her problems with life.

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She's on the line...and off the wall. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Telefon Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,811, 24 January 1988

Gross USA:

$99,978
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

First (and as of 2014 only) theatrical film directed by Rip Torn. See more »

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Happy Endings
Written by Terry Melcher and Bruce Johnston
© Daywin Music, Inc., administered by Careers Music Inc.
Bruce Johnston Publishing, administered by Careers Music Inc. and Daywin Music Inc.
Performed by The Beach Boys and Little Richard
Produced by Terry Melcher
(The Beach Boys appear courtesy of Brother Records, Inc.)
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Great movie. Hope to see it on DVD someday
11 April 2006 | by Filmfreak2002See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV the first time, but got in about 15 min. into it so naturally I started hunting for it on video. I finally found it and have been watching it many times. Whoopie Goldberg gives a heartwarming/-breaking performance as VashiBlue, whose main contact with the surrounding world is her telephone and her answering machine. She is obviously a lonely person, living with an owl and a goldfish, but does get company once in a while and loves to argue with the neighbour, who constantly complains about her and threatens to contact immigrations to have her kicked out. The ending comes as a total surprise and I couldn't help crying after I saw it in full the first time. I still do, if it's been a while since I saw it last. Definitely a movie to see and I hope it will be released on DVD soon, region 2, since I live in Denmark.


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