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When a Stranger Calls is a 1979 thriller starring Carol Kane and Charles Durning, directed by Fred Walton. The film derives its story from the classic folk legend of "the babysitter and the man upstairs". The original music score is composed by television composer Dana Kaproff.
The film ranked #28 on Bravo's "The 100 Scariest Movie Moments"[1]. It is followed by the 1993 made-for-television sequel When a Stranger Calls Back and a theatrical remake in 2006.
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CastCarol Kane, Carmen Argenziano, Rutanya Alda, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst, Ron O'Neal, Tony Beckley
DirectorFred Walton
Genre:  Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Release Date:  1979.10.12
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterFred Walton, Steve Feke
Runtime:  97 minutes
Studio:  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Melvin Simon Productions
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review by . September 23, 2011
Terror By Telephone
Seven years after a homicidal lunatic terrorizes a babysitter (Carol Kane) via telephone in the home of her wealthy hosts, that same psychopath (Tony Beckley) finds himself fixated on a lonely lush (Colleen Dewhurst) while sought by a former detective turned P.I. (Charles Durning).      This might have been another unexceptional thriller if not for its perfectly apt cast. Fragile and elfin, Kane's nervous and ultimately hysterical delivery are as effective as the movie's …
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