With Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Steven Marlo, Robert Hoy, Ed Asner, Dabney Coleman, Jason Wingreen, Lane Bradford, H.M. Wynant, Indus Arthur, Greg Jarvis, Thomas Hill, Steven Hill, Marjorie Nelson, Telly Savalas, Paul Newlan
The Slender Thread is a 1965 film starring Anne Bancroft and Sidney Poitier. It was the first feature length film directed by Academy Award-winning director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack.
Poitier portrays Alan, a college student who is volunteering at Seattle's then-new Crisis Clinic, a crisis call center. Shortly after beginning his night shift, Alan receives a call from a woman named Inga who says she has just taken a lethal dose of pills and wants to talk to someone before she dies. The story line follows the efforts of Alan, a psychiatrist and a detective to locate Inga and her husband. Various flashback scenes depict the events that led Inga to make the attempt on her life.
The film was inspired by a Life magazine article by Shana Alexander about actual events and partially shot on location in Seattle, Washington.
This movie is noted for the physical tracing of the call to find Inga before she dies. Throughout the movie, the call is traced by hand through several electro-mechanical telephone central office switches which leads to the hotel where Inga was staying near the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.