|The Slender Thread|
|Directed by||Sydney Pollack|
|Produced by||Stephen Alexander|
|Written by||Shana Alexander
|Editing by||Thomas Stanford|
|Release date(s)||23 December, 1965|
|Running time||98 minutes|
Poitier's character is Alan, a Seattle college student who is volunteering at a crisis call center. Shortly after beginning his night shift, Alan receives a call from a woman named Inga (Bancroft's character) 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 (played by Telly Savalas) and a detective (played by Ed Asner) to locate the woman and her husband (played by Steven Hill of Law & Order fame).
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 (Red Lion) near the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.