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SLENDER THREAD

1966

NR CC
4.7 out of 5 stars (36) IMDb 7.1/10

A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller.

Starring:
Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Sydney Pollack
Starring Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft
Supporting actors Telly Savalas, Steven Hill, Edward Asner, Indus Arthur, Paul Newlan, Dabney Coleman, H.M. Wynant, Robert F. Hoy, Greg Jarvis, Jason Wingreen, Marjorie Nelson, Steven Marlo, Thomas Hill, Lane Bradford, Janet Dudley, John Napier, Stephen Pellegrini, Jerome R. Brand
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

Customer Reviews

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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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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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By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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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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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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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By N. Evans on June 10, 2015
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I saw this film some years ago and was completely blown away by the performances by Sidney Poitier and Anne Bancroft. And although Ms. Bancroft is only shown in flashbacks, her voice carries a tour de force effect of a woman that feels her life is over. The subject matter was before its time because back then it was a very hush-hush matter but the dialogue is riveting. Great perfomances with a noir appeal.
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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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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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