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The Slender Thread (1965)




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When psychology student Alan Newell (Sidney Poitier) takes a call at the crises center he volunteers at, he discovers that the woman on the other end, Inga Dyson (Anne Bancroft), has taken a lethal dose of sleeping pills in an attempt to escape the misery that her life has become. As Alan struggles to keep Inga on the phone long enough for help to reach her, she relates to him the incidents that drove her to her suicide attempt.

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Sidney Poitier
as Alan Newell
Anne Bancroft
as Inga Dyson
Telly Savalas
as Dr. Joe Coburn
Steven Hill
as Mark Dyson
Greg Jarvis
as Chris Dyson
Robert Hoy
as Patrolman Steve Peters
John Benson
as Patrolman Bert Enyard
Edward Asner
as Det. Judd Ridley
Jason Wingreen
as Medical Technician
Lane Bradford
as Al McCardle
John Napier
as Dr. Alden Van
Marjorie Nelson
as Mrs. Thomas
Thomas Hill
as Liquor Salesman
Steven Marlo
as Arthur Foss
Paul Newlan
as Sgt. Harry Ward
Stephen Pellegrini
as Police Cadet
Jerome R. Brand
as Police Cadet
Jo Helton
as Registration Nurse
Charlotte Stewart
as Telephone Operator
Viola Harris
as Telephone Supervisor
George Savalas
as Pool Player
Nicholas Prebezac
as Child at Beach
Drew Eskenazi
as Child at Beach
Erin Almond
as Child at Beach
Pam Bagby
as Child at Beach
William R. Rhodes
as Police Station Dispatcher
Charles C. Andrews
as Motel Manager
Melody Greer
as Zipper Girl
Sons of Adam
as Themselves
Walter Mazlow
as TV Newsman #1
Allen Emerson
as TV Newsman #2
Lou Clark
as Night Watchman
David Harris
as Night Watchman
Phillip Browne
as Office Boy
Archie Smith
as Janitor
Joseph R. Denini
as Fire Station Dispatcher
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Critic Reviews for The Slender Thread

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Supercharged with emotion and dramatic overtones.

December 20, 2007 | Full Review…

The performances of the principals and the film's naturalistic dialogue are more memorable than the story itself.

May 10, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I find the result quite moving because of the superb performances that Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft illustrate on the other end of the phone. When they talk, I feel like I hear something very relevant. [Full review in Spanish]

July 23, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Slender Thread is a carefully constructed study in suspense, its climaxes well sustained.

April 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Suffers from a slight soap opera story that fails to hold together for 98 minutes.

June 2, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Poitier and Bancroft contribute to the suspense through their poignant performances.

December 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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