The Slender Thread

The Slender Thread

DVD - 2012
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A woman, played by Anne Bancroft, who takes an overdose of prescription pills and calls a crisis clinic for help. Sidney Poitier, plays a college volunteer who tries to keep the suicidal woman on the line while asking the police to trace the call. Stirling Silliphant wrote the screenplay based upon an actual incident reported in Time Magazine.
Publisher: [United States] : Olive Films, 2012
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Slen

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mswrite
May 26, 2016

Random trivia question: When Sidney Poitier, having just accepted the 1963 Oscar for Best Actor (for The Lillies of the Field), was answering questions from the Hollywood press at the 1964 Academy Awards, why was a grinning Anne Bancroft hanging on to his sleeve like a proud mom?
Answer: No idea. But that year the two were making this film so that might it.
And they are wonderful together in this movie. Poitier brings great warmth and intensity to his role as Alan Newell, a Seattle university student who has just begun his shift as a crisis hotline volunteer when he encounters the despairing and guilt-stricken Inga Dyson (Bancroft) who has come to the end of her endurance trying to hold together a failing marriage. The brunt of the film follows Alan's desperate attempt to keep the ever-fragile Inga on the line--that slender thread--as Detective Ridley (a pre-"Lou Grant" Ed Asner) launches a frantic search for her before the pills she has swallowed end her life. Alan/Poitier gets strong support from compassionate psychiatrist Dr. Coburn (a pre-"Kojak" Telly Savalas). Steven Hill, whom some sharp-eyed viewers may remember as the original "Mission Impossible" team leader Daniel Briggs and others the crusty "Law & Order" District Attorney Adam Schiff, plays Inga's estranged husband Mark. A compelling film; recommended.

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roosevelt
Apr 11, 2015

This film is set in Seattle and opens with an aerial view of the city in 1965. Ann is on display in the Seattle Center and Sidney is a student at the UW which we see and also a nice view of Lake Union from Capital Hill with an old Van de Kamps sign at the south end of Lake Union. Just a neat tidbit for any Seattle folks who might like to see what the city looked like 50 years ago. Average film, not one of Poitier's or Bancroft's best tho.

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akirakato
Jun 09, 2014

This is a 1965 film starring Anne Bancroft and Sidney Poitier.
It was the first feature length film directed by Academy Award-winning director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack.
Sidney Poitier portrays Alan, a Seattle college student who is volunteering at Seattle's then-new Crisis Clinic, a crisis call center.
Shortly after beginning his night shift, Alan receives a call from a woman named Inga (Anne Bancroft) who says she has just taken a lethal dose of pills and wants to talk to someone before she dies.
The story line follows the efforts of Alan, a psychiatrist (Telly Savalas) and a detective (Ed Asner) to locate the woman and her husband (Steven Hill).
Anne Brancroft & Sidney Poitier are at their best---extrodinary performances!
I bet it would engross you from the start.
You're drawn into suspense and thrill.
You're certainly concerned for the outcome.
This dramatic character study is enhanced all the more by the fine supporting cast.
It is one of the best psychological dramas.

voisjoe1 Jul 07, 2013

“Slender Thread,” the directing debut for Sydney Pollack, stars Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft just a few years after each won an Oscar. When Bancroft calls a crisis hotline, Poitier answers and spends 98 minutes trying to talk Bancroft out of committing suicide. Through flashbacks we learn Bancroft’s horrendous secret that has led her to the idea of committing suicide. Steven Hill who studied acting along with Marlon Brando, played the role of an unforgiving husband. Hill would quit acting for ten years, but the last 10 years of his career he would play the role of the senior DA on Law and Order. Look for Telly Savalas and his brother George (George gets about 5 words of dialog answering the pool hall phone). They were soon to pair up playing on Kojak.

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mz_2000
Jun 29, 2013

Great black-n-white movie filmed in Seattle 1964/65.

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joseph
Nov 27, 2012

Fair - Slender Thread (1965) 98 min. Not particularly engaging despite the plot. Sidney Poitier plays a social worker trying to prevent a woman (played by Anne Bancroft) from committing suicide. The film was nominated for an Oscar back in 1966 for Art Direction and Costume.

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