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The Caller (1987)

One night, an unusual stranger in need asks a woman living alone in a house in the woods if he can use her phone. It soon becomes clear that they're playing a strange mind game and that there's something very wrong about the woods.

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Michael Sloan (as Michael Sloane)
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Malcolm McDowell ... The Caller
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... The Girl (as Madolyn Smith)
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A mysterious man (Malcolm McDowell) comes to meet a woman living in a house in the woods. Who are they and why are their lives meant to cross? What kind of fate is in store for them? Written by choir boy <choirboy@jupiter.execulink.com> and shadow hunter__<shadowhunter@bbs.multiboard.com>>

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A strange visitor. A mysterious woman. A surprise ending...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Alguém Está Chamando See more »

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Empire Pictures See more »
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Dolby

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Color
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Brilliant script cheapened by ending
9 October 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

Strange, gripping drama for the first 90% of the movie. McDowell plays his character with a weird calm intensity that keeps your eyes glued to him. Madolyn Smith-Osborne, a terrific actress here and someone who I never heard of, plays a woman who looks like she's about to come unhinged at any moment.

Part of the problem with this very dialogue-intense movie is that it builds up to such a dramatic climax that it's impossible to keep it going through any explanation of what's really going on. And the explanation really cheapens things.

What's really great about this movie is the interplay between the two (and only two) characters. In some parts it's brilliant. I wish I had stopped watching some time before Smith-Osborne got all her points, however.


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