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When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)

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A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead...

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Fred Walton

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Fred Walton, Steve Feke (based on characters created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Kane ... Jill Johnson
Charles Durning ... John Clifford
Jill Schoelen ... Julia Jenz
Gene Lythgow ... William Landis
Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Skid Row Woman (as Karen Austin)
Babs Chula ... Agent
John Destry John Destry ... Detective 1 (as John Blackwell Destry)
Duncan Fraser ... Club Owner
Jenn Griffin ... Club Girl 1 (as Jennifer Griffin)
Gary Jones ... X-Ray Technician
Terence Kelly ... Medical Examiner
Michèle Lonsdale Smith ... Center Woman 1 (as Michele Lonsdale-Smith)
Kevin McNulty ... Dr. Schifrin
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ... Center Woman 2 (as Sheelagh Megill)
Rebeccah Mullen Rebeccah Mullen ... Club Girl 2 (as Rebecca Mullen)
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Storyline

Julia is babysitting two young kids while a doctor and his wife are out. During the evening, a stranger knocks on the door asking Julia if she can call the auto club so he can get a tow. The phone line is dead though. This is all part of the act as he has made his way inside and abducted the two children. Years later, Julia has become an introvertive college student. She claims the stalker is back haunting her. Enter Jill Johnson and now retired cop John Clifford, who have reunited to help Julia find the stalker. Can they stop him before he strikes again? Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Before there was "Scream," there was... the stranger.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence, and for some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When a Stranger Calls 2 See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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When John and Jill go back to Julia's apartment after she had been shot, there is fingerprint powder on the door and door locks. But when they go into the apartment, there are no more signs of fingerprint powder on any surface. Standard procedure would dictate checking the entire apartment for fingerprints. See more »

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Jill: I'd be willing to bet that her apartment is pretty bare, not cluttered. You would know if a book had been moved.
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Pretty creepy thriller.
23 April 2005 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

College student Juli Jenz(Jill Schoelen)underwent a traumatic incident with a psychotic killer(who uses the phone to terrorize),five years ago and now years later at college she's been getting some suspicious calls which lead her to believe the killer is back.When she contacts the police,they inform her that her original stalker is dead therefore she must be having flashbacks and refer her to a psychiatrist,instead of checking for physical evidence.Anyway,"When a Stranger Calls Back" works as TV produced remake of Fred Walton's 1979 classic "When a Stranger Calls".It has enough twists,turns and suspense to keep horror fans on the edge of their seats.The beginning is especially tense and memorable.There is no gore or strong violence and the killer's identity is kept secret through the film until the climax.The acting is great and the characters are well-developed.So if even casually enjoyed the original "When a Stranger Calls",then this film is must-see.7 out of 10.Check it out.


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