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The Telephone (1987)

Whoopi Goldberg , Elliot Gould , Rip Torn  |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Elliot Gould
  • Directors: Rip Torn
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Top Ten New Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 1987
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00027H6IK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting!!!!!!!!!!!! March 4, 2005
Format:DVD
I vividly remember the very first time I saw this about 15 years ago. I was NOT well!

This is a chilling expose' on the potential pitfalls of excessive denial. It follows the exploits of a down-trodden actress who is obviously behind on just about everything but most importantly, her telephone bill. There are only about 4 people in the whole film, Whoopi, Elliott Gould, his blond companion, and the telephone man.

This would be an eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeexcellent Twilight Zone episode because the first time I watched it, I was completely taken aback by the ending.

This is a wooooooooooooooooonderful showcase for that sorely underappreciated talent that is Whoopi. It is intense, surprising, poignant, heartbreaking, and laugh-out-loud funny.

A tour-de-force!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic film November 20, 2005
Format:DVD
THE TELEPHONE features the one and only Whoopi Goldberg front and center, essentially delivering a one-woman show (with some assistance from an owl and a goldfish) and has a genuine twist ending that you will never see coming.

Vashti Blue (Goldberg) is an eccentric, out-of-work actress who depends on her phone for everything she needs. We follow her story for one crazy night of mixed personalities and hijinks, learning along the way that this woman is in fact teetering on the very edge of her sanity. Solid support is provided by Amy Wright, Elliott Gould, Severn Darden and John Heard.

Goldberg herself regards this film as the worst in her career (though I'd personally put MADE IN AMERICA in that spot). She sued the filmmakers and tried her darndest to have the film pulled but to no avail. It's not as bad as she'd have you believe. This film features her in fine form and I enjoy revisiting it often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHOOOOOOOOPPPPPPI March 6, 2011
By kip
Format:DVD
Ok.. i dont care what anybody thinks about this movie( including Whoopi) i love this movie from begining to end its soooooo funny, complete whoopi, surprising ending that give the movie a complete twist that u dont see coming.the road to struggling and making it in a tough city is al wrapped up in the movie... very funny, crazy, wacky...and just plain crazy in the full picture that really makes u think....... i seen this movie when it came out ad i was hook from the first 15 mins,,....it worth viewing of whoopi's early work...and if yur a fan u can not have this in your collection...... u have to have it!!!! get over it Whoopi...yur great in this movie!!!!Whoopi - Back to Broadway (The 20th Anniversary Show)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense April 13, 2011
Format:DVD
I loved this movie and its unexpected ending, kind of like 'The Sixth Sense', you never see it coming. It could happen to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting dark comedy August 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Although, no one may have like this film, I still enjoyed Whoopi's performance. It's a very dark comedy. I've heard that Whoopi didn't like the script for this film and tried to back out, but couldn't because she was under contract. That may be why Whoopi's performance wasn't as well received by the critics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This movie is not for everyone, particularly not for those looking for Whoopi Goldberg's trademark "speak up to authority" personality and humor. The play focuses on Goldberg's character, is very serious and pretty unusal. Has the quirk of a Twilight Zone episode but with a much narrower appeal. I liked it, but I don't expect too many to. I liked it as a "character study" and for the excellent acting and the ways the play (it's a play, in my view) take you by surprise. I've been trying to get a copy since I saw it when it was first released.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, it's not for everyone June 12, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you liked "Jumping Jack Flash" or "Fatal Beauty," don't see this. If you enjoy film that will stretch and challenge your psyche (not TV-style, teen mentality comic drivel), you may find this worthwhile. This is Whoopi in the style of her old stand-up routines -- her in-your-face, don't-be-so-stupid style that she, sadly, has long since abandoned in favor of commercial success. The classification of this work as "comedy" does it and viewers a true injustice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hello May 16, 2014
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
It was not as I remembered. All and all it was OK. Will I watch it again? Maybe one more time before I die.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars bad dvd
this was not new. it was a home made DVD. sound was awful. easy to tell the cd cover was printed at home. should be illegal on amazon. never bothered to send it back. just learn.
Published 4 months ago by AmethystWoman
4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Laugh
Messed up premise starring Whoopie.
The whole move is basically a one-woman show.
Get your friends to watch it and they will want to hurt you.
Published 18 months ago by John M davis
1.0 out of 5 stars They actually put this on DVD?
You've GOT to be kidding? Somebody actually went to the effort of putting this on DVD? I rented this movie on VHS sometime back in the late 80's. Read more
Published on September 22, 2009 by Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars What are you people on?
RUN! Run while you still can!!! I actually watched this movie in the theater. It was the dollar cinema. there were maybe 30 people in the theater at the start. Read more
Published on August 12, 2009 by Emerson P. Huebinger
1.0 out of 5 stars I want my 90 minutes back!!!!!
I actually saw this in the theater!!!!! It was the dollar cinema. When it began there were 20 or so in the theater. They all got up and walked out during the movie. Read more
Published on January 21, 2009 by Emerson P. Huebinger
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST see...
Anyone who appreciates one-person shows needs to see this...

Anyone who appreciates psychological thrillers needs to see this... Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by WebWiseWomen
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoopi Goldberg shows her genius
This 1987 film was evidently adapted from a stage play; only one set and virtually only one actess (Goldberg), who nonetheless shows her talent as a standup comic and keeps the... Read more
Published on August 8, 2004 by Julie Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars STAND UP AT ITS BEST
This title portrays Mrs. Goldberg as the truly finest actress she is, plastic, witty, ultra talented multi facetic role performer, able to keep the entire play running counting... Read more
Published on March 31, 2004 by JC
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