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[[Performer~P106775~Sidney Pollack~sydneypollack]] marked his feature film directing debut with this taut suspense drama, based upon an actual incident reported in Time Magazine. [[Performer~P106725~Sidney Poitier~sidneypoitier]] stars as Alan Nuell, a student volunteer at a medical clinic in Seattle who answers the phone to find Inge Dyson ([[Performer~P80576~Anne Bancroft~annebancroft]]) 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph Kish Best Black and White Art Direction 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edith Head Best Black and White Costume Design 1965 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Stirling Silliphant Best Screenplay 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Pereira Best Black and White Art Direction 1965 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert R. Benton Best Black and White Art Direction 1965 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Sydney Pollack
Director
Stephen Alexander
Producer
Stirling Silliphant
Screenwriter
Loyal Griggs
Cinematographer
Quincy Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Poplin
Production Designer
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Robert R. Benton
Set Designer
Joseph Kish
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Wally Westmore
Makeup
Shana Alexander
Short Story Author
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