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Sydney Pollack's feature-film debut deals with a woman, played by Anne Bancroft (The Graduate), who takes an overdose of prescription pills and calls a crisis clinic for help. Sidney Poitier (In the Heat of the Night), plays a college volunteer who tries to keep the suicidal woman on the line while asking the police to trace the call. Stirling Silliphant (The Towering Inferno) wrote the screenplay based upon an actual incident reported in Time Magazine. The Slender Thread boasts a strong supporting cast featuring Telly Savalas, Steven Hill, Ed Asner and Dabney Coleman, with a rousing score by Quincy Jones (The Getaway) and great black-and-white cinematography by Loyal Griggs (Shane).

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  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas, Edward Asner, Dabney Coleman
  • Directors: Sydney Pollack
  • Writers: Stirling Silliphant
  • Format: Widescreen, Anamorphic, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNSD0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Kille Jenkins on June 14, 2005
Format: DVD
Was fortunate enough to come across The Slender Thread on a cable movie channel several years ago. This film is Anne Brancroft & Sidney Poitier are at their best - extrodinary performances! Poitier plays a Seattle college student volunteering at a crisis center. One night when he's at the clinic alone, a woman (Bancroft) calls needing to talk saying she's taken pills. While Poitier tries to get help for her, he keeps her ton the line while he learns about her life, family, and why she wants to die. With a brillant script by legendary writer Stirling Silliphant, direction by Sydney Pollack, and original music by Quincy Jones; The Slender Thread engrosses the viewer from the start. We're drawn into the building suspense, caring about the people, concerned for the outcome. This dramatic character study is enhanced all the more by being in black & white. Plus, it features a fine supporting cast including Telly Savalas, Ed Asner, and Dabney Coleman. The Slender Thread is a great example of perfect film making. Why hasn't Paramount Pictures released this classic on DVD? Please, letterbox & release ASAP so it can be re-discovered by movie connoisseurs everywhere! A must own for Poitier/Bancroft fans.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
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A SLENDER THREAD is a super movie to watch alone. Not a lot of action - just intense drama. Have watched it many times.911 operators would like this movie. It shows a crisis line in action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin B. on December 31, 2013
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The Slender Thread is a movie that I only became aware of fairly recently when a dear friend informed me that it was going to be on one of the cable movie channels. I watched it and was riveted from the opening scenes. Why this Poitier/Bancroft film does not get more notice is beyond me. It is one of their best pictures. If you like high drama and suspense, you will love this movie. For those who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, you will love the vintage Seattle locations. Who can even remember when the Seattle skyline was so small? Finally this terrific movie has been reissued on DVD. I recommend picking it up before it goes out of print again, possibly forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Máximo Batista on February 4, 2013
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Great movie - thanks for saving this old jewel from oblivion. Great acting by all involved. So appropriate that it was made in B/W. Color would have cut its impact by 50%. When watching it in 2013 or later, any connoisseur will put up with the anachronisms (the call tracing, ancient technology). The movie keeps your interest regardless of such anachronisms, due to the fine acting and directing. It's more a study in rising to a challenge, demonstrating what real human interest is, and the selflessness needed to succeed in spite of great odds (including possible racial connotations!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Morbius on October 19, 2012
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Black and white was rare for a big budget film in 1965....sometimes done for effect (Psycho, The Hustler) or just a lack of funds (I believe color film at that time added about 25% to the budget).... This is a pretty good film either way.... Definitely talky, but it never seemed to get boring....pure drama....flashbacks fill in the blanks.... Poitier is fantastic as usual....very interesting all around....just watching them try to trace a phone call draws you in to the story....good stuff....different to be sure....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2013
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I've been waiting for YEARS for this movie to become available on DVD. I'm a happy chick. :) This is one of the most well written and directed movies around. Both Sidney Poitier and Ann Bancroft are superb. I HIGHLY recommend this movie to anyone.
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Format: DVD
I saw this film on TMC a few months ago and was astonished that I'd never heard of it and, after I watched it, that it hasn't ranked upon one of the greatest films ever made. Sydney Pollack's first feature, a script by the inimitable Sterling Silliphant, Poitier and Bancroft - two of the screen's most enduring and talented stars, a Quincy Jones soundtrack, minor or supporting roles by Ed Asner, Dabney Coleman and (one of my personal favorite actors ever) Telly Savalas. I remember how touched I was by this film and how a movie experience like this gives me such pleasure and thankfulness for Art. This was a very honest, difficult film because its topic is so relevant even today. When people talk about great this and great that, they often spout off titles that everyone knows because it is much easier to do so, but for me this film, along with A Thousand Clowns, Harold & Maude, The Third Man and a few others are at the very top of my film list. Check this film out. It is a rose.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris D. VINE VOICE on February 2, 2007
Format: DVD
Stirling Silliphant wrote the script for this movie, being the primary writer for the "Route 66" TV series in the 60's it has a very similar feeling to one of those shows. All of the drama, the monologues, the glitz and glamour (when appropriate)is there. The movie even opens with Sidney Potier driving by the Space Needle, how cool and kitch is that? An excellent film that needs to come out on DVD very soon - as does the Route 66 TV series!

Stirling Silliphant was definitely one of the best TV writers of the 60's, he passed away in April of 2006. He will be missed. He also wrote the original Poseidon Adventure (1972) (screenplay), and the Towering Inferno! Two classic disaster movies of the 70's!

This film came out two years before "The Graduate" and shows Anne Bancroft and Sidney Poitier at their best!
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