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The Phone Call (1989)

A married man calls the wrong number for phone-sex and winds up being stalked by a psychotic man.


Allan A. Goldstein


Donald Martin


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sarrazin ... Michael Henderson
Linda Smith Linda Smith ... Joanna Henderson
Ron Lea ... Carey Parker
Lisa Jakub ... Holly Henderson
Vlasta Vrana ... Ben
Howard Ryshpan ... Harold
Joel Miller Joel Miller ... Joe
Danette Mackay Danette Mackay ... Miriam (as Dannette McKay)
Raymond Bélisle Raymond Bélisle ... Burly Man
Rebecca Dewey Rebecca Dewey ... Main Line Woman
Harry Hill ... Main Line Receptionist
Dorian Joe Clark Dorian Joe Clark ... Main Line Man
Lois Dellar Lois Dellar ... Mrs. Jacks
Pierre Lenoir ... Police Officer #1
Tyrone Benskin ... Police Officer #2


A married man calls the wrong number for phone-sex and winds up being stalked by a psychotic man.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for menacing violence






Release Date:

30 December 1989 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Linea segreta See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Evil queen goes "Fatal Attraction" on upstanding hetero
24 April 2011 | by ofumalowSee all my reviews

What? This movie has NO user or external reviews?! It was moderately notorious if little-seen at the time for being a late entry into the thriller subgenre in which gay people are painted as being inherently unbalanced and thus easily given to murder--in the tradition of "Windows," "Cruising," and (later on) "Basic Instinct."

Michael Sarrazin--who played such sensitive guys in the 60s and 70s that it's embarrassing he accepted this wildly insensitive job--plays a married businessman on a trip who succumbs to an urge and calls a paid sex-talk line. When he realizes the voice on the other end isn't a husky-toned female but a man, he freaks out and calls the phone sex worker various names. Oops! Latter is a psychotic queen who then sets about stalking and terrorizing our hero and his loved ones.

Crafted with routine B-movie professionalism, "The Phone Call" is formulaic nonsense that was obviously pitched as "'Fatal Attraction' meets homosexual panic!," if not in so many words. It's deservedly obscure, I suppose, although if you're looking to howl at an instantly- dated movie's ridiculous exploitation of "gay" as "twisted," this is worth seeking out. Another is "Mercy" (made in 2000!), with Ellen Barkin as a cop enticed into "edgy" sexuality while investigating a series of kinky S&M lesbian murders. Gee, my lesbian friends' lives are exactly like that! All murdering and bondage--plus kids and mortgages. It's a somewhat better- crafted movie than "Phone Call" but still a jaw-dropper.

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