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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jordan Turner
... Casey Welson
... Officer Paul Phillips
... Michael Foster
... Officer Jake Devans
... Alan Denado
... Rachel
... Marco
... Maddy
... Leah Templeton (as Evie Louise Thompson)
... Flora
... Autumn
... Brooke
... Josh
... 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.

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Crime | Thriller

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

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15 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hive  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,118,745, 17 March 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,872,378

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,572,378
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Trivia

Screenwriter Richard D'Ovidio got the idea for the film when his wife saw an interview with a 911 operator on TV. Researching the subject, he visited the Los Angeles Metropolitan Communications Dispatch Center and was surprised to find that it had its own back-up generators, bulletproof windows and a moat. See more »

Goofs

Because this is set in Los Angeles, when the gas station attendant is dosed with gas via the pump, this could not happen. All California pumps (to include any registered "private" pumps) are fitted with SMOG reducing sleeves. When the sleeve becomes disengaged from vehicle, the pump automatically stops the flow of gas. The pump used for filming is obviously not fitted with this sleeve and continues to flow after being removed from vehicle. See more »

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Jordan Turner: Casey, what's happening?
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References Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012) See more »

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Devil's Dance
Composed and Performed by Richard Friedman
Courtesy of Emergency Films, LLC
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Good thriller with a couple of weak spots
14 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

I enjoyed this film quite a bit: it kept a good pace of tension which makes for a good thriller. The acting is good (no academy awards), and it did a good job of giving a glimpse into the operations of 911 call centers which is a fresh topic - and it did so without dragging the pace.

The main bad guy becomes ever more creepy as the plot progresses which helps build the tension. The ending takes an interesting twist which, in the moment, doesn't feel quite as out-of-character as others describe - mainly due to a good segue shot that probably took more than a few takes to get right.

The weak spots consist mainly of some CSI style technology leaps that only technology morons would buy into, and a single bit of clumsiness that just feels scripted. Unfortunately the CSI technology leaps are very popular in Hollywood (to my dismay) and the bit of clumsiness is key to the plot progression.

If one or two minor transgressions make you feel like you wasted your money, wait for it to show up on Netflix. If you enjoy a good edge of your seat thriller and can overlook the transgressions, go see it!


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