When Michael Calls

When Michael Calls is a 1972 American made-for-television 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.

When Michael Calls
Based onWhen Michael Calls
by John Farris
Written byJames Bridges
Directed byPhilip Leacock
StarringBen Gazzara
Elizabeth Ashley
Michael Douglas
Music byLionel Newman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Edgar J. Scherick
Producer(s)Gil Shiva
CinematographyReg Morris
Don Wilder
Editor(s)P.A. James
Running time73 minutes
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television
Palomar Pictures
Original networkABC
Original releaseFebruary 5, 1972 (1972-02-05)


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.


  • Ben Gazzara as Doremus Connelly
  • Elizabeth Ashley as Helen Connelly
  • Michael Douglas as Craig
  • Marian Waldman as Elsa Britton
  • Karen Pearson as Peggy Connelly
  • Larry Reynoldsa as Dr. Britton
  • Al Waxman as Sheriff Hap Washbrook
  • Alan McRae as Harry Randall
  • Chris Pellett as Peter
  • Steve Weston as Enoch Mills
  • Robert Warner as Sam
  • John Bethune as Quinlan
  • William Osler as Prof. Swen
  • Michèle Chicoine as Amy


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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