The Slender Thread

The Slender Thread

Director: Sydney Pollack Cast: Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas


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Sidney Pollack marked his feature film directing debut with this taut suspense drama, based upon an actual incident reported in Time Magazine. Sidney Poitier stars as Alan Nuell, a student volunteer at a medical clinic in Seattle who answers the phone to find Inge Dyson (Anne Bancroft) on the other end. Inge, depressed about her life, has just taken an overdose of sleeping pills. With Inge slowly dying, Alan tries to keep her talking on the phone while the police try to trace the call and save her life. Inge tells Alan that she has decided to end it all because her husband has discovered that he is not the father of her son.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1998
UPC: 0097360651737
Original Release: 1965
Source: Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sidney Poitier Alan Newell
Anne Bancroft Inga Dyson
Telly Savalas Dr. Coburn
Steven Hill Mark Dyson
Ed Asner Det. Judd Ridley
Indus Arthur Marion
Dabney Coleman Charlie
Robert Hoy Patrolman Steve Peters
Greg Jarvis Chris Dyson
Jason Wingreen Medical Technician
Steven Marlo Arthur Foss
Thomas Hill Liquor Salesman
Lane Bradford Al McCardle
Janet Dudley Edna
John Napier Dr. Alden Van
John Benson Patrolman Bert Enyard
Paul Newlan Sgt. Harry Ward
H.M. Wynant Doctor
Kay Doubleday Jinny
Jo Helton Registration Nurse
Charlotte Stewart Telephone Operator
Viola Harris Telephone Supervisor
George Savalas Pool Player
Allen Emerson 2nd TV Newsman
David Harris Nightwatchman
Archie Smith Actor

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director
Stephen Alexander Producer
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Joseph Kish Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
John S. Poplin Art Director
Jack Poplin Production Designer
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter
Thomas G. Stanford Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup

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