The Telephone (film)

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The Telephone
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Directed by Rip Torn
Produced by Robert Katz
Moctesuma Esparza
Written by Terry Southern
Harry Nilsson
Starring Whoopi Goldberg
Severn Darden
Elliott Gould
John Heard
Robin Menken
Herve Villechaize
Amy Wright
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography David Claessen
Edited by Sandra Adair
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release date(s) January 22, 1988
Running time 78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $99,978

The Telephone is a 1988 independent film comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg as an out-of-work actress who starts doing some prank phone calls which created a chain of events. Actor Rip Torn makes his directorial debut with this film, with Elliott Gould and John Heard in supporting roles. It was released on January 22, 1988 and was distributed by New World Pictures.


Whoopi plays an out-of-work actress who we watch make a series of prank calls throughout the night, that causes a chain of events. She is eventually revealed as being medically unstable, as the a telephone contractor turns up to her home to confiscate the handset due to arrears with her phone bill. It is revealed that her telephone line was disconnected some time ago, much to her denial. As he struggles to take the handset, she strikes him in the head and stabs him with a knife.



The Telephone was not a box office success.[1] The movie was poorly received by critics, as well.[2][3] For her role in the film, Goldberg was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress.[4]


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