When a Stranger Calls

When a Stranger Calls

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Director: Fred Walton

Cast: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst

     
 

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In this thriller, a baby-sitter is terrorized by an anonymous telephone caller who turns out to be a particularly persistent serial killer. When a stranger calls to ask, "Have you checked the children lately?" teenaged sitter Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) is understandably spooked. After a series of increasingly creepy calls culminates in a request for "your blood...all… See more details below

Overview

In this thriller, a baby-sitter is terrorized by an anonymous telephone caller who turns out to be a particularly persistent serial killer. When a stranger calls to ask, "Have you checked the children lately?" teenaged sitter Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) is understandably spooked. After a series of increasingly creepy calls culminates in a request for "your blood...all over me," Jill learns from the police operator that the man is calling from inside the house. One narrow escape and two dead children later, the police capture British maniac Curt Duncan (Tony Beckley). Several years later, the killer escapes from a mental institution and plagues Tracy (Colleen Dewhurst), a hard-drinking New Yorker. Foiled by John Clifford (Charles Durning), the same cop who investigated the original case, Duncan sets his sights back on his original victim, Jill Johnson, who, now married and out to dinner with her husband, has left her own young children at home -- with a baby-sitter. When a Stranger Calls helped inspire Drew Barrymore's famous opening scene in Wes Craven's Scream. Kane, Durning, and director Fred Walton would return for 1993's TV-movie sequel, When a Stranger Calls Back. Beckley died a year after the original film's release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
UPC:
0043396143609
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Kane Jill Johnson
Charles Durning John Clifford
Colleen Dewhurst Tracy
Tony Beckley Curt Duncan
Rachel Roberts Dr. Monk
Rutanya Alda Mrs. Mandrakis
Carmen Argenziano Dr. Mandrakis
Steven Anderson Stephen Lockart
Charles Boswell Policeman
Bill Boyett Sgt. Sacker
Joe Reale Bartender
Kirsten Larkin Nancy
Michael Champion Bill
Ed Wright Retired Man
Louise Wright Retired Woman
Carol O'Neal Mrs. Garber
Dennis McMullen Maintenance Man
Wally Taylor Cheater
Lenora May Sharon
Randy Holland Maitre D'
Trent Dolan Policeman #1
Frank di Elsi Policeman #2
Arell Blanton Policeman #3
DeForest Covan Officer #1
Cheryl Wilson Mrs. Shifrin

Technical Credits
Fred Walton Director,Screenwriter
Marty Bolger Sound/Sound Designer
Elayne Barbara Ceder Production Designer
Doug Chapin Producer
Steve Feke Producer,Screenwriter
Dana Kaproff Score Composer
Larry Kostroff Associate Producer
Barry Krost Executive Producer
Billy Preston Songwriter
Melvin Simon Executive Producer
Sam Vitale Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- When a Stranger Calls - Full Screen Version
1. Start [1:48]
2. Jill the Sitter [2:32]
3. A Stranger Calls [6:07]
4. Calling the Police [1:29]
5. Watching [2:28]
6. Sgt. Sacker's Advice [2:44]
7. Stalling for a Minute [3:23]
8. Internal Call [1:09]
9. In Cold Blood [1:18]
10. Seven Years Later [3:23]
11. Dr. Monk [3:22]
12. Curt Duncan [5:24]
13. Lt. Charlie Garber [5:20]
14. Duncan Apologizes [7:50]
15. Questioning Tracy [3:38]
16. "I'm Gonna Kill Him." [3:55]
17. Baiting a Killer [1:50]
18. "Be My Friend, Please?" [3:13]
19. Past Reflection [5:29]
20. Search... [1:53]
21. ...and Destroy [3:25]
22. "Hi, Mommy!" [5:18]
23. Her Picture in the Paper [2:32]
24. "Curt Duncan. He's Back!" [2:07]
25. False Alarm [2:17]
26. A Damn Good Shot [1:09]
27. Candy From a Stranger [3:56]
28. "I Had to Come Back." [2:21]
Disc #2 -- When a Stranger Calls - Widescreen Version
1. Start [1:48]
2. Jill the Sitter [2:32]
3. A Stranger Calls [6:07]
4. Calling the Police [1:29]
5. Watching [2:28]
6. Sgt. Sacker's Advice [2:44]
7. Stalling for a Minute [3:23]
8. Internal Call [1:09]
9. In Cold Blood [1:18]
10. Seven Years Later [3:23]
11. Dr. Monk [3:22]
12. Curt Duncan [5:24]
13. Lt. Charlie Garber [5:20]
14. Duncan Apologizes [7:50]
15. Questioning Tracy [3:38]
16. "I'm Gonna Kill Him." [3:55]
17. Baiting a Killer [1:50]
18. "Be My Friend, Please?" [3:13]
19. Past Reflection [5:29]
20. Search... [1:53]
21. and Destroy [3:25]
22. "Hi, Mommy!" [5:18]
23. Her Picture in the Paper [2:32]
24. "Curt Duncan. He's Back!" [2:07]
25. False Alarm [2:17]
26. A Damn Good Shot [1:09]
27. Candy From a Stranger [3:56]
28. "I Had to Come Back." [2:21]

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