- The Slender Thread
"The Slender Thread" is a 1965 film staring
Anne Bancroftand Sidney Poitier. It was the first feature length film directed by Academy Award-winning director, producer & actor Sydney Pollack. It was nominated for two Oscars- Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White & Best Costume Design, Black-and White.
Poitier's character is Alan, a Seattle college student who is volunteering at a crisis call center. Shortly after beginning his night shift, Alan receives a call from a woman named Inga (Bancroft's character) 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 (played by
Telly Savalas) and a detective (played by Ed Asner) to locate the woman and her husband (played by Steven Hillof Law & Orderfame ).
The film was inspired by a "
Life Magazine" article by Shana Alexanderabout actual events and partially shot on location in Seattle, Washington.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059729/ The Slender Thread at The International Movie Database]
* [http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E0CE0D9143EE03ABC4C51DFB467838E679EDE 1965 New York Times Review by A.H. WEILER]
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