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The Phone Call (1977)

Unrated | | Short, Comedy, Romance
Scott starts work at a drive-in burger and ice cream restaurant when his paper route proves inadequate to raise the money he needs for a mail order karate course. He has determined that ... See full summary »


Douglas G. Johnson


Jack Weyland (story)




Cast overview:
Marc McClure ... Scott
Michelle Patrick Michelle Patrick ... Becky
David Sterago David Sterago ... Joe
R. Irwin Goodman R. Irwin Goodman ... Mr. Beamer
Ann MacMillan Ann MacMillan ... California Girl
Lisa Kingston ... California Girl (as Lisa Jarstad)
Jim Jensen Jim Jensen ... Boy at Dance
Robert Thurston Robert Thurston ... Boy at Dance


Scott starts work at a drive-in burger and ice cream restaurant when his paper route proves inadequate to raise the money he needs for a mail order karate course. He has determined that this course will help him gain the self-confidence he needs to get up the courage to call and ask Pam out to see a movie. Although at first just commenting on his mistakes, Becky, a co-worker, offers to help him make the crucial phone call. In the process Scott offers insights about how Joe is abusive in his relationship with Becky. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Short | Comedy | Romance



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Filming Locations:

Palisade Drive, Orem, Utah, USA See more »

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This is considered one of the most popular 1970s BYU comedy film among both the Mormons and Non-Mormons in Utah, including the well known famous theme song by Merrill Jenson. It's now available to watch on DVD and on Youtube. See more »


Scott: I should all in fairness warn you, although I may appear to be harmless, I've been trained in the ancient martial arts Orient.
Joe: You have a choice, you can break your date with Becky or I'm gonna break your arm.
Scott: If you do that, there will be a lawsuit of assault and battery.
Joe: Break the date!
Scott: Why? So you can yell at her and make her feel like two cents! She's worth more than that!
Joe: I'm not gonna break your arm. I'm gonna break your head.
[Joe attempts to grab Scott but he pulls away]
Scott: Okay wait! I'm ...
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Referenced in The Field Is White (2002) See more »

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Napoleon who?
5 August 2007 | by whe98005See all my reviews

I too was fortunate enough to see this growing up, and look forward to the blessed day of it's inevitable blu-ray/hd-DVD premiere. I'm going to go ahead and go out on a limb here and state that without the phone call, there would be no Napoleon Dynamite. The whole visual look and feel of the film, the awkwardness of the characters etc. is all comedy gold, the same concept in both.

Watch the two of them back to back if you can, and tell me otherwise. Great short. Anyone who can find this in an old church or seminary library should really throw it up on youtube for the world to see and enjoy.

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