The Slender Thread
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|The Slender Thread|
1965 Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||Sydney Pollack|
|Produced by||Stephen Alexander|
H. M. Wynant
|Music by||Quincy Jones|
|Edited by||Thomas Stanford|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$1.5 million (rentals)|
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 (Bancroft) 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 (Telly Savalas) and a detective (Ed Asner) to locate Inga and her husband (Steven Hill). 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. The film offers an opening tracking shot of aerial Seattle circa 1965.
This movie is noted for the physical tracing of the call to find Inga (Bancroft) 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 (originally the Hyatt House, now demolished) near the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.
Poitier portrays Alan, a Seattle 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 (Bancroft) – the wife of a fisherman (Steven Hill) who has put out to sea earlier that day—who says she has just taken a lethal dose of pills and wants to talk to someone before she dies, but refuses to reveal her location. As the circumstances that have led to her suicide attempt are revealed through flashbacks, the story line follows the efforts of Alan, a psychiatrist (Telly Savalas) and a detective (Ed Asner) to locate both the woman and her husband.
- Sidney Poitier – Alan Newell
- Anne Bancroft – Inga Dyson
- Telly Savalas – Dr. Joe Coburn
- Steven Hill – Mark Dyson
- Edward Asner – Det. Judd Ridley
- Indus Arthur – Marian
- Paul Newlan – Sgt. Harry Ward
- Dabney Coleman – Charlie
- H. M. Wynant – Doctor Morris (as H. N. Wynant)
- Robert F. Hoy – Patrolman Steve Peters (as Robert Hoy)
- Greg Jarvis – Christopher 'Chris' Dyson
- Jason Wingreen – Medical technician
- Marjorie Nelson – Mrs. Thomas
- Steven Marlo – Arthur Foss
- Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White (Hal Pereira, Jack Poplin, Robert R. Benton, Joseph Kish)
- Best Costume Design, Black-and White (Edith Head)
The film received indifferent reviews and did poor business at the box office upon release.
Musical score and soundtrack
|The Slender Thread|
|Soundtrack album by Quincy Jones|
MG 21070/SR 61070
|Quincy Jones chronology|
The Vinyl Factory said "at only 26 minutes this soundtrack may be short on time but not quality. All smooth jazz grooves and rollicking vibes and gorgeous orchestrations, it’s a nice summation of the talents Jones acquired as a jazz music student in Paris in the late 1950s".
All compositions by Quincy Jones
- "Preludium (Main Title Part II)" − 2:27
- "Main Theme (Main Title Part I)" − 2:02
- "Threadbare (Main Title Part III)" − 2:14
- "Aftermath" − 2:43
- "Fox's Sugar" − 3:27
- "Funny Farm" − 1:31
- "Theme for Inga" − 2:30
- "Psychosis" − 3:06
- "No Place to Go" − 3:08
- "Big Sir" − 2:15
- "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967, pg 8.
- "NY Times: The Slender Thread". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
- Harris, Mark (2008). Pictures at a Revolution: Five Films and the Birth of the New Hollywood. Penguin Group. p. 159.
- The Slender Thread – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
- Soundtrack Collector: album entry accessed January 17, 2018
- Mercury 20000 Series B (61000-61099) discography, accessed January 17, 2018
- 10 definitive Quincy Jones soundtracks from the ’60s and ’70s, The Vinyl Factory, accessed January 17, 2018