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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, John Farris (novel)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shattered Silence See more »

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Runtime:

| (Fox Movie Channel edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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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Creepy 1970's Made for T.V. Movie
22 September 2010 | by babeth_jrSee all my reviews

"When Michael Calls" was made in 1972 and stars Elizabeth Ashely as Helen Connelly, a woman going through a divorce from her high powered attorney husband (Ben Gazzara) and has moved to a small New England town with her young daughter Peggy (Karen Pearson). Her nephew Craig (portrayed by a young Michael Douglas)is a psychiatrist at the Greenleaf School for Boys, an institution in the same town for troubled young men.

Things begin to get scary when Helen starts receiving eerie calls from a young boy who claims to be Michael, her nephew (and Craig's brother) who died 15 years earlier after he ran away from home in a snowstorm. You have to remember this movie was made long before there were cell phones or caller id, and the calls are genuinely creepy.

My only complaint about this movie is that I wish that the makers of this film would have spent more time answering some basic questions such as why would the calls start suddenly after 15 years? Who is the voice of the young boy on the other end of the line? These questions are never explained and I think it would have been nice to have the answers to these basic questions. There are a couple of not real scary murders until the killer is revealed at the end. Despite some minor flaws, I love this movie and remember watching it when I was a kid when it came out in 1972. I recently got to see it again when it aired on the Fox Movie Channel. It was also fun to see Michael Douglas in the picture as he is very young and basically at the beginning of his long and storied career. Fans of 1970's Movie of the Week will definitely have to see this one!


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