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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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Her life is on the line. 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

Final film written by Terry Southern. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Fantastic Four (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

March of the Swiss Soldiers
(uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Whoopi Goldberg
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5 August 2010 | by kiwioz-810-706786See all my reviews

Every time I see or hear of Whoopi I think of this movie I saw many many moons ago. I remember being hooked in my seat trying to figure out what was happening and waiting for someone else to appear in it. To no avail but I was stuck on my couch till the end. I think this movie demonstrates Whoopi Goldbergs unique talent I mean who else could make this kind of movie actually work as she did. Whoopi is indeed a wonderful actress and I think very few would be able to carry off a movie like this, like it or not, shes just fantastic and what a wonderful ending as she carried it off well. Like it or not, sad or not I just love this great actress in all her movies. I hope its on tele again one day as I cant find it on DVD anywhere and think its worth watching again and a keepsake.


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