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Telefoon om 7 uur 56 (1965)

The Slender Thread (original title)
A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Shana Alexander (article), Stirling Silliphant
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney Poitier ... Alan Newell
Anne Bancroft ... Inga Dyson
Telly Savalas ... Dr. Joe Coburn
Steven Hill ... Mark Dyson
Edward Asner ... Det. Judd Ridley
Indus Arthur Indus Arthur ... Marian
Paul Newlan Paul Newlan ... Sgt. Harry Ward
Dabney Coleman ... Charlie
H.M. Wynant ... Doctor Morris (as H.N. Wynant)
Bob Hoy ... Patrolman Steve Peters (as Robert Hoy)
Greg Jarvis Greg Jarvis ... Chris Dyson
Jason Wingreen ... Medical Technician
Marjorie Nelson Marjorie Nelson ... Mrs. Thomas
Steven Marlo ... Arthur Foss
Thomas Hill Thomas Hill ... Liquor Salesman
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Storyline

Alan is a Seattle college student volunteering at a crisis center. One night when at the clinic alone, a woman calls up the number and tells Alan that she needs to talk to someone. She informs Alan she took a load of pills, and he secretly tries to get help. During this time, he learns more about the woman, her family life, and why she wants to die. Can Alan get the cavalry to save her in time before it's too late? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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When a woman's emotions sway on a slender thread, expect anything ...

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1966 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Telefoon om 7 uur 56 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sydney Pollack's feature film directorial debut. Pollack had worked for years in television before getting his break with this film. See more »

Goofs

After Inga attempts suicide by drowning herself in the bay, she arrives at hospital with perfectly styled hair. See more »

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Mark Dyson: [to Inga] Do you think that not getting caught in a lie is the same as telling the truth?
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No Place To Go
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Performed by Quincy Jones
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mid-60s time capsule of Seattle
28 February 2005 | by DAW-8See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film a few years ago and it stuck with me for some reason. looking at it again, i know why. The whole thing has a mid-1960s melancholy to it, almost with a tinge of the horror films that would emerge in the late 1960s, like rosemary's baby, or, roman polanski's first horror film 'repulsion' which was made in the same year as slender thread. one of the most amazing things about this film is the opening sequence which uses all kinds of staples of film shooting styles and techniques of the mid-late 60s, which themselves add a melancholic tone to the film. There is the space needle, which looks positively cold-war futuristic with the car going up the side of it; the world's fair architecture with its modernist water fountains--which foreground the first shot a desperate-looking Anne Bancroft, and of course, the locks, dams and highways of the Seattle waterfront. You can't help but get nostalgic seeing the Seattle of this time. Not to mention that Anne Bancroft's husband is a fisherman. I've never been to Seattle but i'm pretty sure most of this stuff is gone. (wasn't there some attempt to save the old docks in a big standoff in 1964?). If you want to see another view of Seattle in the early 70s, I recommend seeing "Cinderella Liberty" with James Caan. Then there are even more visual and aural elements which help create the mood: the shots of the 'backroom' of the telephone company--with its immense network of phone lines--actual physical lines!--and the women operators unplugging and plugging cables to connect one line to another. These are bygone days! You wonder if Sydney Pollack wasn't subtly, or not so subtly, making a comment on the postwar bureaucratized society itself. Another treat is the 'Hyatt hotel' sign towards the end of the film. Total 1960s visual. And of course, Quincy Jones' soundtrack with some great Sam and Dave-style jazzy organ music.

Visuals aside, this is a great film. Again, dealing with some rather dark issues. The scene where Anne Bancroft comes home and sees her husband in the living room looking depressed...you don't know if he's having a psychotic episode, has lost his job or is on LSD. Anne Bancroft, overall, is a disturbing character. Perhaps more disturbing is that she would play another tragic character two years later - Mrs. Robinson, in The Graduate. Sidney Poitier is in usual form - the studious, morally-superior black in a predominantly white setting. I like what someone else here said - that the film very subtly has a subtext on race (how could a 1960s film showing blacks and whites in the same frame not? How could we as Americans not read race into the film?) while never dealing with race explicitly. This is actually one reason I think Sidney Poitier's characters and films are an important, and yet lost, representation of race relations. For all the flack that he got in the racially charged mood of the 1960s as an assimilationist good black who whites could accept, especially as he was the first black protagonist in films (it didn't help that he was West Indian, having grown up in the Bahamas). to me I still see some kind of Caribbean AND Black persona in his characters which I think he 'sneaks in' in subtle ways. His classic move is some breaking point at which he can't take any more -- whether its racial bigotry, disrespect for authority, or something else -- and he delivers some great speech of moral indignation. He does it in 'pressure point', in 'to sir with love', 'in the heat of the night', and maybe a few others. It may be pretentious at times, but this 'style' disappeared after the late 60s as blaxploitation with its overly masculinized and violent characters became the dominant representation in film.

Anyway, all the political and social analysis aside, this is really a great film.


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