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PG-13 | | Comedy | 29 March 1996 (USA)
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A group of friends in New York, working away at their PCs and laptops, keep in touch exclusively by phone and fax. They are all too busy to meet face to face. Gale plays matchmaker, by ... See full summary »

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Hal Salwen

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Hal Salwen
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Daly ... Frank
Caroleen Feeney ... Barbara
Dan Gunther ... Martin
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Gale
Liev Schreiber ... Jerry
Aida Turturro ... Linda
Alanna Ubach ... Denise
Sylvia Miles ... Gail's Aunt Sharon
Mark Blum ... Obstretrician
Jean-Claude La Marre Jean-Claude La Marre ... Cab Driver (as Jean LaMarre)
Hal Salwen ... Jerry as a Little Boy
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A group of friends in New York, working away at their PCs and laptops, keep in touch exclusively by phone and fax. They are all too busy to meet face to face. Gale plays matchmaker, by phone, to Jerry and Barbara who, in turn, hit it off beautifully...via phone and fax. Martin gets a telephone call from someone he's never met. It's Denise, with some extraordinary news. Tapping away at his computer all the while, he develops a sort of friendship with Denise...via phone. And so it goes as the friends, tap, tap, tapping away, share news, hopes, and dreams...via phone and fax. Finally Gale has an unfortunate encounter with a phone, Denise has some more news for Martin, and Frank plans a gala New Year's Eve party, but will he answer the door? Written by Helen Stavrou <h.stavrou@agora.stm.it>

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Rated PG-13 for sexual references and nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sony Classics

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anameinate sto akoustiko sas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,006, 31 March 1996

Gross USA:

$148,121

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$148,121
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Jerry: She was so young. I think.
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Long Distance Call
Written and Performed by Muddy Waters
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Reach out, touch and enjoy this unusual and funny film about agoraphobics in NYC
27 June 2007 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Frank (Tim Daly) and his girlfriend, Gail, broke up five years ago but still stay in touch on the phone. It is Gail's idea to fix up her friend, Barbara with Frank's friend (Liev Schreiber). Yet, when Gail gives Barbara the man's telephone number, they get disconnected quite a few times. Once they start talking, however, their conversations definitely "heat up". Meanwhile, another friend gives a party for everyone but no one shows up. That's because everyone in this small circle of friends is agoraphobic! They work at their apartments, mostly, and they stay in touch via Ma Bell everyday. Another friend, Martin, gets a mysterious call one day from a lady named Denny. It seems she's pregnant with Martin's child, from a "donation" he gave to the local sperm bank. She calls quite often to give Martin an update. Meanwhile, one of the friends suffers a life-changing event because of a mobile phone. Will anyone of these folks ever see each other in real life? This is a highly unusual but very entertaining film. It is told almost exclusively in telephone conversations between the parties. If this sounds boring, I assure you, it is not! All of the actors are terrific and give their characters a nice depth, despite the film's premise. The usual amenities, the costumes, the sets, and the production values, are fine, also. But, most of all, the script is a winner, with great lines and originality. If you are a film fan who never plays it safe, you will thoroughly enjoy this movie. So, even if you are an agoraphobic yourself, don't miss out on this one! Send someone to the video store, if you have to, to get this film into your hands. You will be darn glad you did.


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