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When Michael Calls (1972)

A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from her nephew who died 15 years earlier. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

James Bridges (screenplay by), John Farris (based on a novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ben Gazzara ... Doremus Connelly
Elizabeth Ashley ... Helen Connelly
Michael Douglas ... Craig
Al Waxman ... Sheriff Hap Washbrook
Larry Reynolds ... Doc Britton
Marian Waldman ... Elsa Britton
Karen Pearson Karen Pearson ... Peggy Connelly
Chris Pellett Chris Pellett ... Peter
Alan McRae ... Harry Randall
Steve Weston Steve Weston ... Enoch Mills
Robert Warner Robert Warner ... Sam
Michèle Chicoine Michèle Chicoine ... Amy
John Bethune John Bethune ... Quinlan
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Storyline

Helen starts receiving calls from a child, who claims he's her nephew, Michael. But, Michael died 15 years ago. When Michael calls, he berates Helen's acquaintances, who then die under suspicious circumstances. Soon, Helen begins to fear she's the next victim. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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In "When Michael Calls," Elizabeth Ashley receives mysterious phone calls. Who's keeping her on the hook?

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Horror | Thriller

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shattered Silence See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Fox Movie Channel edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Opens with the Robert Drasnin theme from Daughter of the Mind (1969). See more »

Goofs

The sheriff goes into Doc's place while Doremus steals chloroform from the cop car. Doremus and Helen run off and a mic is seen on the left side over the cop car. See more »

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Suspenseful in a Funny Way
20 September 2002 | by jonpdSee all my reviews

This 1972 TV movie is one of those few TV films from those days that is still broadcast today. Well, I taped it back in 1991, but anyway, the film is so corny, with a very "Okay, sure" plot, but it still has good suspenseful moments (in a strange way, you never know where the caller is or if he's watching the answerers---spooky), and Douglas is quite unique in an early role. Well worth a watch, or a few watches.


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