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Call Me (1988)

A journalist agrees to meet an obscene caller at a bar, and ends up witnessing a murder.


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Complete credited cast:
Patricia Charbonneau ... Anna
Stephen McHattie ... Jellybean (as Steven McHattie)
Boyd Gaines ... Bill
Sam Freed ... Alex
Steve Buscemi ... Switchblade
Patti D'Arbanville ... Cori
John Seitz John Seitz ... Pressure
David Strathairn ... Sam
Ernest Abuba Ernest Abuba ... Boss
Olek Krupa ... Hennyk
Pi Douglass Pi Douglass ... Nikki (as Pi Douglas)
George Gerdes ... Fred
Kevin Harris Kevin Harris ... Dude
Gy Mirano Gy Mirano ... Waitress


A journalist agrees to meet an obscene caller at a bar, and ends up witnessing a murder. Written by Rob Hartill

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Release Date:

3 June 1989 (South Korea) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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[first lines]
[recording on answering machine]
Anna: You've reached 627-2363. After you hear the tone, leave your name and any message; I'll call you back.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 3 minutes 56 secs by the BBFC to heavily edit much of the profanity and sexual dialogue during the phone calls. See more »


Music by Michal Urbaniak
Performed by The Michal Urbaniak Group
Violin solo by Michal Urbaniak
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20 February 2004 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Somewhat disjointed but never really boring movie about a big city magazine journalist getting a phone call one afternoon and by thinking that the person on the other end of the line is her boyfriend Alex, Sam Freed. Thus, what seems to me, encourages the caller who may very well have not planned to at first to become more daring and bold then he should or would have been.

Asking Anne, Patricia Charbonneau,to meet him at a local watering hole "The Polish Bar" where instead of finding her boyfriend Alex Anne witnesses the murder of a transvestite Presser, John Seitz, by a corrupt police detective Henyk, Olek Krupa. It turns out that the transvestites partner and possibly lover Switchblade, Steve Buscemi, ripped off Det.Henyk as well as his boss, Ernest Abuba of their monthly take. Switchblade's other partner who was in the bar when all this happened Jellybean, Stephen McHattie, had no idea that Switchblade was involved in robbing his boss as well as Det. Henyk who was working for him. Determined to get their money back the hoods deduced that Anna was the one who took the cash since she was in the ladies room at the time when Presser, the transvestite, was murdered and left the bar right after that.

The rest of the movie is about Det. Henyk and Jellybean trying to find who the woman is that was with the transvestite at the time of his murder to retrieve their money that they thought that she had. Switchblade also tries to find her but not to get the money that he knew that she didn't have, he did, but to have her silenced so his partners would not suspect that he was involved in robbing them.

While all this is happening Anna keeps getting phone calls from her "secret admirer" who not only seems to know everything about her but also seems to be watching her from one of the nearby buildings. Instead of hanging up or calling the police Anna gets so heated up and turned on by the callers phone calls that when Alex catches her in one of those conversations he finds Anna more aroused with the caller on the phone then she ever was with Alex in bed. Alex hurt and humiliated at what he sees, and hears, there and then put and end to his relationship with Anna.

Later in the movie when Anna does find out just who this "fishy" admirer who's been calling her really is after she had a one-night stand with him in bed not on the phone. Angrily dumping the slippery eel Anna leaves him all wet for all the trouble that he caused her. Later the "fishy guy" quickly redeems himself by saving Anna's life from both Det. Henyk and Switchblade who found out who she was and where she lived but at the cost of his own life.

In the end it turned out that Jellybean the other hood who was completely left out in the cold about what was really going on around him by his cheating partner Switchblade ended up being the man that Anna liked most. As the closing credits started to roll Jellybean seemed to have started some kind of relationship with her which also looks like the start of a beautiful friendship.

Very creepy movie that tries to be Hitchcockien with it's characters and Film Noir with it's story but "Call Me" is just too unconvincing to be taken seriously either way.

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