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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

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During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.

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Simon West

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Jake Wade Wall (screenplay), Steve Feke | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Camilla Belle ... Jill Johnson
Tommy Flanagan ... Stranger
Katie Cassidy ... Tiffany
Tessa Thompson ... Scarlet
Brian Geraghty ... Bobby
Clark Gregg ... Ben Johnson
Derek de Lint ... Dr. Mandrakis
Kate Jennings Grant ... Kelly Mandrakis
David Denman ... Officer Burroughs
Arthur Young ... Will Mandrakis
Madeline Carroll ... Allison Mandrakis
Steve Eastin ... Detective Hines
John Bobek ... Officer Lewis
Brad Surosky ... Boom Boom
Karina Logue ... Track Coach
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Storyline

Jill Johnson is being forced to babysit at a BIG house all by herself for exceeding her telephone minutes. Then all of a sudden a stranger calls making these weird remarks. Jill decides to call the police to trace the call. Jill is freaked out when she finds out that the call is coming from inside the house! Jill runs in a hurry trying to get the children and leave. Will Jill make it out of the house in time? Will she live? Well you just have to watch the movie to find out! Written by Crmn_Stvns

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Whatever You Do, Don't Answer The Phone. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense terror, violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando un extraño llama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,607,203, 5 February 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,860,214, 19 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,106,773
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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When Tiffany (Katie Cassidy) first appears in the movie, she's stirring a jar of red paint while standing next to Scarlet - behind them are several jars of red tinted paints. The name for a woman who is promiscuous or loose is is often referred to as "a scarlet woman", a subtle reference to what Tiffany has done to betray Jill. See more »

Goofs

After tracing the call, Officer Burroughs tells Jill the calls are coming from inside the house. When Jill drops the phone, you can see the picture of the wallpaper and 'Handset 2' on the screen with Burroughs still talking in the close shot of the phone. This would not appear if the phone was still on the line. See more »

Quotes

Jill Johnson: He can see me!
Officer Burroughs: Sorry?
Jill Johnson: It's Jill, the girl who called before about the man who keeps on calling.
Officer Burroughs: What's going on?
Jill Johnson: He called me again.
Officer Burroughs: What did he say?
Jill Johnson: He's out there, he's outside, he's watching me through the windows.
Officer Burroughs: Did you see him?
Jill Johnson: No, but I know he can see me, because I went upstairs...
Officer Burroughs: Okay, take a deep breath, where's the house keeper?
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This stranger shouldn't have called again.
4 March 2009 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

While babysitting at an isolated Colorado house, a teen girl is terrorized by an elusive murderer on the telephone.

Remake of the 1979 semi-classic horror film basically takes the opening 20 minutes of the original film and stretches it out to fit an 87 minute time span! So it's pretty needless to say that the plot of this remake is pretty thin. There's little in the way of originality or interest in this movie. There's a lot of Camilla Belle wondering around a dark house wondering who's calling her and encountering all kinds of false scares. It all gets repetitious and routine after the first 30 minutes and never manages to muster up much in the way of suspense or chills. It certainly never reaches the intensity of the original film, especially since it wimps-out and changes one important plot point from the original. I guess we have the PG-13 rating to thank for that.

On the plus side there's an impressive set design and some dark atmosphere, unfortunately there's not much going on around it to save this remake from being sub-par. Belle's performance is pretty mediocre too.

It's just another unimpressive remake.

* 1/2 out of ****


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