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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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Canada | USA

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

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of many B-movies from the 80s/90s riffed by Rifftrax--the guys from MST3K; Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett and Mike Nelson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jill: I'd be willing to bet that her apartment is pretty bare, not cluttered. You would know if a book had been moved.
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Crazy Credits

"No one can see me now. No one hears me. I am invisible." For Tony Beckley See more »

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9 out of 10
10 August 1999 | by tampSee all my reviews

J Campolongo more or less says it all. Tension is kept tight throughout, Walton really knows how to squeeze every once of suspense out of these kind of films. There's a few great twists (one of the main characters is knocked out of the action half way through). Nice to see the original stars once again especially Carol Kane who gives it her best & wont take any of this "Shes just a mixed up kid" crap from the cops. Wipes the floor with the first one which people really only remember when you quote the line "The calls are coming from inside the house!" 9 out of 10


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