March 21, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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The Slender Thread (1965)
Sidney Poitier is Alan Nuell, a psychology student volunteering for college credit at a Seattle crisis clinic. Nuell answers the call of a lonely and desperate Inge Dyson (Anne Bancorft), who informs him that she has just taken a fist full of barbiturates and intends to kill herself. She needs someone to talk to as her life slips away, but refuses to disclose her identity or location.
Nuell keeps Inge on the phone, and calls in his supervising psychiatrist (Telly Savalas), who initiates a frantic attempt to locate the dying woman through an old-fashioned telephone trace and street-level police work. Throughout the search for Inge, and Nuell's conversations with her, we learn the story of what drove her to suicide.
This film was Sydney Pollack's feature film directorial debut, and was based on a true story that had appeared in Time Magazine. Quincy Jones created the film's jazz score. Also featuring performances by Steven Hill, Ed Asner and Dabney Coleman.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/158032/Slender-Thread-The-Original-Trailer-.html