The Slender Thread (1965)





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When a woman who has taken an overdose of sleeping pills calls a crisis help-line, an inexperienced student volunteer attempts to keep her talking whilst police try to trace her whereabouts. This drama was suggested by an article that appeared in Time magazine in 1964.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Sterling Silliphant, Stirling Silliphant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 1992
Paramount Pictures


as Alan Newell

as Inga Dyson

as Dr. Joe Coburn

as Mark Dyson

as Chris Dyson

as Patrolman Steve Pete...

as Patrolman Bert Enyar...

as Det. Judd Ridley

as Medical Technician

as Charlie

as Al McCardle

as Dr. Alden Van

as Mrs. Thomas

as Liquor Salesman

as Arthur Foss

as Sgt. Harry Ward

as Police Cadet

as Police Cadet

as Registration Nurse

as Telephone Operator

as Telephone Supervisor

as Pool Player

as Child at Beach

as Child at Beach

as Child at Beach

as Child at Beach

as Police Station Dispa...

as Motel Manager

as Zipper Girl

as Themselves

as TV Newsman #1

as TV Newsman #2

as Night Watchman

as Night Watchman

as Office Boy

as Janitor

as Fire Station Dispatc...
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Critic Reviews for The Slender Thread

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Supercharged with emotion and dramatic overtones.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Slender Thread

It is amazing what Anne Bancroft can act so passionately with just her voice, it?s a sign of a really great actress. Sidney Poitier does a fine job, but this would have made a better short film, the subject matter gets mighty tiring after awhile. It's a little too melodramatic for my taste. The cinematography is quite good, and the score is really well done.

James Higgins

"The Slender Thread" is very thriller. Sidney Poitier & Anne Bancroft do very good in this movie even though they are not tograther. The movie keeps you on your edge. I like the clothes that Edith Head design for the movie especially for Anne Bancroft. The directer, Sydney Pollack, does good job making you wonder if the desperate woman is save right to the end of the movie. Break the thead and enjoyed the movie.

Julie Buse

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