The Call (2013)
The Call (2013) poster
Directed by Brad Anderson
Produced by Bradley Gallo
Jeffrey Graup
Michael A. Helfant
Michael Luisi
Robert Stein
Screenplay by Richard D'Ovidio
Starring Halle Berry
Abigail Breslin
Morris Chestnut
Michael Eklund
Michael Imperioli
David Otunga
Music by John Debney
Cinematography Tom Yatsko
Editing by Avi Youabian
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release March 15, 2013
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Gross revenue $68,572,378

The Call is a 2013 American crime thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Richard D'Ovidio. The film stars Abigail Breslin as Casey Welson, a teenage girl kidnapped by a serial killer and Halle Berry as Jordan Turner, the 9-1-1 operator who receives her call. Morris Chestnut, Michael Eklund, Michael Imperioli, and David Otunga also star. The story was originally envisioned as a television series, but D'Ovidio later rewrote it as a 94-minute feature film. Filming began in July 2012 and spanned a period of 25 days, with all scenes being shot in Los Angeles, mainly Burbank and Santa Clarita.

The plot of the film focuses on the role of 9-1-1 operators in law enforcement. Specifically, it follows Turner, an operator who is still suffering emotionally from a botched procedure and who is thrown back into fielding calls following the abduction of a girl. For most of the film, Turner performs as a typical 9-1-1 operator before becoming active in the field investigation in the final act.

A screening of The Call was held at the Women's International Film Festival hosted at the Regal South Beach theater on February 26, 2013. TriStar Pictures released it to theatres a few weeks later on March 15, 2013. Considered to be high-concept by many reviewers, the film proved a commercial success, grossing over $68 million despite receiving mixed reviews. Halle Berry was nominated for Choice Movie Actress in a Drama at the Teen Choice Awards and Best Actress at the BET Awards.


  • Halle Berry as Jordan Turner
  • Abigail Breslin as Casey Welson
  • Morris Chestnut as Officer Paul Phillips
  • Michael Eklund as Michael Foster
  • Michael Imperioli as Alan Denado
  • David Otunga as Officer Jake Devans
  • Justina Machado as Rachel
  • José Zúñiga as Marco
  • Roma Maffia as Maddy
  • Evie Thompson as Leah Templeton
  • Denise Dowse as Flora
  • Ella Rae Peck as Autumn
  • Jenna Lamia as Brooke
  • Ross Gallo as Josh
  • Shawnee Badger as Melinda Foster
  • Tara Platt as Female Trainee


External links

  • The Call at the Internet Movie Database
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