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Sorry, Wrong Number (1989)

Based on a famous play, follows a bedridden wife who overhears a murder plan on her phone. She tries to piece the puzzle together and prevent it.


Tony Wharmby


Lucille Fletcher (earlier screenplay from radio play), Ann Louise Bardach (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loni Anderson ... Madeleine Stevenson
Carl Weintraub ... Charlie Stevenson
Patrick Macnee ... Nigel Evans
Diane D'Aquila Diane D'Aquila ... Sally Dutch
Miguel Fernandes ... Carlos Diaz
Hal Holbrook ... Jim Coltrane
Helen Hughes ... Ms. Jennings
Harvey Atkin ... Det. Kiley
Alan Jordan Alan Jordan ... Jerry Luntschild
Barry Flatman ... Dr. Levine
Bernard Behrens ... Dr. Fisher
Geoffrey Bowes Geoffrey Bowes ... Rob
Ted Simonett Ted Simonett ... Dave
Keri Lyn Keri Lyn ... Levine's Girl
Marilyn Peppiatt Marilyn Peppiatt ... Helen


Based on a famous play, follows a bedridden wife who overhears a murder plan on her phone. She tries to piece the puzzle together and prevent it.

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Death is only a phone call away


Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

11 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida por um Fio See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A TV movie made for the USA network. See more »


Version of Sorry, Wrong Number (1958) See more »

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The worst acting imaginable!
1 February 2007 | by postjasonSee all my reviews

Honestly, I would have seen a better standard of acting if I had watched a school Nativity play. The plot is extremely good, and this film would have been a hit if the cast included some good character actors. Alas it is not to be. The standard of the two main performers (Loni Anderson and Carl Weintraub) is absolutely laughable - abominable all round acting, and neither of them can fake a cry whatsoever. In one scene Loni Anderson is acting out a faint - I have never laughed so much in my life while watching a film. She cannot make a convincing frightened expression at all. Patrick McNee is on his usual fine form, a pity he has a small part and not a principle role because I think he would have been able to drag this film up to be a very big hit, which alas with the current performance, it is quite rightly not so.

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