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When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)

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A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead...

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Fred Walton

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Fred Walton, Steve Feke (based on characters created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Kane ... Jill Johnson
Charles Durning ... John Clifford
Jill Schoelen ... Julia Jenz
Gene Lythgow ... William Landis
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Skid Row Woman (as Karen Austin)
Babs Chula ... Agent
John Destry John Destry ... Detective 1 (as John Blackwell Destry)
Duncan Fraser ... Club Owner
Jenn Griffin ... Club Girl 1 (as Jennifer Griffin)
Gary Jones ... X-Ray Technician
Terence Kelly ... Medical Examiner
Michèle Lonsdale Smith ... Center Woman 1 (as Michele Lonsdale-Smith)
Kevin McNulty ... Dr. Schifrin
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ... Center Woman 2 (as Sheelagh Megill)
Rebeccah Mullen Rebeccah Mullen ... Club Girl 2 (as Rebecca Mullen)
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Storyline

Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. During the evening, a stranger knocks on the door asking Julia if she can call the auto club so he can get a tow. The phone line is dead though. This is all part of the act as he has made his way inside and abducted the two children. Years later, Julia has become an introvertive college student. She claims the stalker is back haunting her. Enter Jill Johnson and now retired cop John Clifford, who have reunited to help Julia find the stalker. Can they stop him before he strikes again? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Before there was "Scream," there was... the stranger.


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Rated R for terror/violence, and for some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When a Stranger Calls 2 See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Durning and Carol Kane previously played together in Dog Day Afternoon (1975). See more »

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Its stated that Julia was asked at the last minute to babysit. If so, why did Landis have the whole scenario planned for that night? He would not know she was going to be there. See more »

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Julia: Someone has been in my apartment and they've done things, little things, to let me know that he's there.
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"No one can see me now. No one hears me. I am invisible." For Tony Beckley See more »

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"Before there was 'Scream,' there was... the stranger. "
29 November 2001 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

Fred Walton did it again. Along with the original, When a Stranger Calls Back has one of the most frightening openings of all time. Unnerving, alarming, and damn scary. Once again my girlfriend could not watch this one. It's too bad that Walton made the same mistake that he did in the first one: failure to live up to the beginning. The rest of the movie isn't that good. Actually, it's not good at all. Although it's not as lacking in the middle as the original and this psychopath is more interesting than the last, it's still not good. I kinda wish that they would have delved more into his character. Watch it for the beginning alone and you will not be disappointed.


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