The Slender Thread
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The Slender Thread
Sidney Pollack marked his feature film directing debut with this taut suspense drama, based upon an actual incident reported in Time Magazine. Sidney Poitier stars as Alan Nuell, a student volunteer at a medical clinic in Seattle who answers the phone to find Inge Dyson (Anne Bancroft) 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… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Supercharged with emotion and dramatic overtones."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Poitier and Bancroft contribute to the suspense through their poignant performances."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The performances of the principals and the film's naturalistic dialogue are more memorable than the story itself."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Suffers from a slight soap opera story that fails to hold together for 98 minutes."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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