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I saw this film in the 1970s and even as a late teenager it gave me the creeps. For many years afterwards I kept my foot between the telephone box and the door. Silly I know but.. There are only a handful of films that have left their mark on me and this is one of them. Have been searching high and low to buy a copy for many years and often wonder how dated it would seem now. I know of only 2 other friends who have seen it and it has left a similar impact on them. The story is a simple one and you know that it seems silly and he will eventually get out and have the mickey taken out of him. I was certainly not prepared for the ending.
I used to think i was crazy.. whenever i mentioned this short film to anybody, nobody had ever heard of it so naturally they couldn't appreciate my enthusiasm for it. You know how it is - some jokes you just can't share, you really both had to have been there. And a very very black joke it is too!! (beleive me you will understand when you watch the film, if you can get hold of a copy. try ebay). Now i see there is a select band of us who saw it on one single broadcast sometime in the early 80s on BBC2, and remembered it vividly ever since. It's hard to see how such a simple but powerful plot could be handled any better: direction, cinematography, acting (low key but excellent cast), music (quirky, magnificent), locations (frighteningly ordinary), balance of drama and humour. You will never look at telephone boxes in the same way again.