When Michael Calls

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When Michael Calls
Based onWhen Michael Calls
by John Farris
Written by James Bridges
Directed by Philip Leacock
Starring Ben Gazzara
Elizabeth Ashley
Michael Douglas
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producer Edgar J. Scherick
ProducerGil Shiva
CinematographyReg Morris
Donald Wilder
EditorP.A. James
Running time73 minutes
Production companies 20th Century Fox Television
Palomar Pictures
Original network ABC
Original releaseFebruary 5, 1972 (1972-02-05)

When Michael Calls is a 1972 American made-for-television mystery-horror-thriller film directed by Philip Leacock and starring Elizabeth Ashley, Ben Gazzara and Michael Douglas. [1] It was adapted from John Farris' 1967 novel of the same name.



Helen Connelly is a woman whose nephew Michael died 15 years earlier. She is separated from her husband, Doremus. She is close to Michael's brother, Craig. When mysterious happenings began taking place and she begins receiving phone calls from the supposedly dead Michael, Helen begins to wonder if Michael is really dead or if she is losing touch with reality. Filmed in October - November 1971.



The television film was first broadcast as an ABC Movie of the Week on February 5, 1972. [2]

Home media

The film has been released on VHS and DVD by various small labels. It also appears under the title Shattered Silence.

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