The Slender Thread

The Slender Thread, suggested by a May 29, 1964, Life article by Shana Alexander (wife of producer) of an actual ocrurence, is supercharged with emotion and dramatic overtones. As a showy vehicle for talents of Sidney Poitier adn Anne Bancroft, the production offers mounting tension, but good as the picture is it could have been improved through more lucid writing. Story is of a distraught woman who has taken an overdose of barbiturates and phones a clinic. Film takes its title fromt he telephone line which suddenly becomes a slender thread by means of Poitier, a college student volunteer who answers femme's call, must try to save her life without breaking the connection.

With:
Sidney Poitier Anne Bancroft Telly Savalas Steven Hill Ed Asner Indus Arthur

The Slender Thread, suggested by a May 29, 1964, Life article by Shana Alexander (wife of producer) of an actual ocrurence, is supercharged with emotion and dramatic overtones. As a showy vehicle for talents of Sidney Poitier adn Anne Bancroft, the production offers mounting tension, but good as the picture is it could have been improved through more lucid writing. Story is of a distraught woman who has taken an overdose of barbiturates and phones a clinic. Film takes its title fromt he telephone line which suddenly becomes a slender thread by means of Poitier, a college student volunteer who answers femme’s call, must try to save her life without breaking the connection.

Poitier, who remains on the telephone almost the entire unreeling of the picture, delivers a compelling performance, matched by Bancroft as the tortured wife and mother who attempts suicide when she sees her marriage of 12 years going down the drain.

Film is kept on a realistic level. The two stars never meet, their sole contact strictly telephonic.

1965: Nominations: Best B&W Costume Design, B&W Art Direction

The Slender Thread

Production: Athene/Paramount. Director Sydney Pollack; Producer Stephen Alexander; Screenplay Stirling Silliphant; Camera Loyal Griggs; Editor Thomas Stanford; Music Quincy Jones; Art Director Hal Pereira, Jack Poplin

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: Sidney Poitier Anne Bancroft Telly Savalas Steven Hill Ed Asner Indus Arthur

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