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The Call (2013)

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When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

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Brad Anderson

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Richard D'Ovidio (screenplay), Richard D'Ovidio (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Halle Berry ... Jordan Turner
Abigail Breslin ... Casey Welson
Morris Chestnut ... Officer Paul Phillips
Michael Eklund ... Michael Foster
David Otunga ... Officer Jake Devans
Michael Imperioli ... Alan Denado
Justina Machado ... Rachel
José Zúñiga ... Marco
Roma Maffia ... Maddy
Evie Thompson ... Leah Templeton (as Evie Louise Thompson)
Denise Dowse ... Flora
Ella Rae Peck ... Autumn
Jenna Lamia ... Brooke
Ross Gallo ... Josh
Tara Platt ... Female Trainee
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Storyline

Jordan Turner (Halle Berry) is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue, but then teenager Casey Welson (Abigail Breslin) is abducted and calls 911. Jordan is the one called upon to use all of her experience, insights and quick thinking to try to help Casey escape and also to make sure the man is brought to justice. Written by napierslogs

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There are 188 million 911 calls a year. This one made it personal.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing content and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hive See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,118,745, 17 March 2013

Gross USA:

$51,872,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,572,378
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, it is revealed that Casey is 5ft3. In real life Abigail Breslin, who plays as Casey, is 5ft1. See more »

Goofs

Casey's arm (that was waving through the brake light hole) is already inside when the car exits the highway but in the immediately following scene, she is purposely shown pulling her arm back inside to allow her to look outside. See more »

Quotes

Jordan Turner: And don't make promises... cause you know you can't keep'em.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.106 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Cumbia Dinamita (Dynamite Cumbia)
Composed and Performed by Rene Byron Brizuela and Enrique Carbajal
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Even the few predictable turns of events are delivered with suspense
13 March 2013 | by wolfgang-a-koch-857See all my reviews

There is the main character who is good but not perfect, and there is the one mistake she makes that almost destroys her. And there is her nemesis, engaging her at a challenge greater than any she has had to confront before.

The Call models just about all the techniques of good storytelling. Character, plot, action, and suspense—all the ingredients of a good thriller are there, and blended well. Halle Berry gives a superb performance heading a cast that is capable overall. We can sense and feel the story as it happens.

The bad guy is always a step ahead. Except when he is two steps ahead. Except when the protagonist undertakes a bold new move and, if it works…. A big "if," that is.

On a couple of occasions, this movie gives stinging reminders of human fallibility, specifically lapses of good judgment that can cause a situation to deteriorate. We want to beckon the characters in front of us to do certain things, and fast. But they are either too daring or too guileless to anticipate the curveballs that are about to hit them.

Frustrating as that may be, the ending holds a twist gratifying enough to compensate for those frustrations. That even glosses over a certain lack of dénouement—perhaps the one part of storytelling this movie could have used more of. Or was it part of the plan to leave a few things to our imagination?


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