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Slender Thread [Blu-ray] (1965)

Sidney Poitier , Anne Bancroft , Sydney Pollack  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NNSD0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bancroft & Poitier at their best - a Classic! June 14, 2005
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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT MOVIE 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
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it March 4, 2014
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I had never heard of this movie B-4 and it ran on TCM a while back and I really enjoyed watching it. I have not seen it from the beginning but what I saw was so riveting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally on DVD and HIGHLY recommended! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 'save' from oblivion 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Late b/w film that hits the bullseye.... 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Route 66" and "Naked City" fans will love this film February 2, 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Acting July 12, 2014
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Very good movie, likely to be a classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Film - Anne Bancroft Sidney Poitier
5 Star film! So glad to find it on DVD. A great add to my collection.
Published 25 days ago by Evelyn H. Ryan
3.0 out of 5 stars Outdated Movie
Sidney Poitier was excellent. I thought that the movie seemed more like an hour television show than a movie. It also seemed pretty outdated due to the technology in the movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna Clair
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast service!
Awesome classic! Arrived just in time to surprise my Mom! Happy customer!
Published 2 months ago by Jasmine Sugar
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful movie!! Helping to show how every life is precious, and...
This movie shows what is really important , not our past mistakes, but learning how to forgive the person you love. I give it five stairs!!
Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline A. Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is a movie that I was looking for, for a very long time. The movie is in excellent condition and the movie was great.
Published 6 months ago by Christopher A. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Movie !!!!!
It's About Time This Movie Is On DVD.......Great Performances By All............Fun " Go Go" Dance Scene.......Wish Times Were Like That Now !
Published 6 months ago by Barbie
4.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful film
I love Sidney Poitier. This film has Sidney desperately trying to help a depressed woman. This film is for die hard fans as well as anyone who has actually tried to harm themselves... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brooklyn Phantom
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of his movies ever done
Of all his movies I think this one might just of been one of his best and hardest to do.
Published 17 months ago by Raymond
4.0 out of 5 stars lesser known Poitier classic
i always enjoyed Poitier films. he seemed to give his greatest effort in anything he did. this is a rare classic requires some patience to really appreciate. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Alan W. Armes
5.0 out of 5 stars Been Waiting
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. Read more
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