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The Landline Detective (2020)

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A man discovers a photo from 1982 that confirms his brother-in-law was not where he said he was when his wife (the man's sister-in-law) was murdered, prompting the man to call people in an attempt to solve a 35-year-old murder mystery.


Eric Nemoto


Eric Nemoto





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dann Seki ... Jimmy
Jim Aina Jim Aina ... Stan (voice)
Kristen Nemoto Kristen Nemoto ... Lisa (voice)
Nyla Fujii-Babb Nyla Fujii-Babb ... Blanche (voice)
Mike Mazzola Mike Mazzola ... Tom (voice)
Valerie Falle Valerie Falle ... Myra (voice)
Lance Motogawa Lance Motogawa ... Randy (voice)
Michael E. Carter ... Billy (voice)
Lisa Katagiri Bright Lisa Katagiri Bright ... Belle (voice)
Iwi Jay Iwi Jay ... Newton (voice)
Howard Noh Howard Noh ... Harry (voice)
Eric Mita Eric Mita ... John (voice)
Denise Aiko Chinen Denise Aiko Chinen ... Janice (voice)
Carol Chong Carol Chong ... Donna (voice)
Kaila Arakaki Kaila Arakaki ... Shayna (voice)


The only thing special on this particular Monday for retiree, James "Jimmy" Furuta, is that he intends to organize the family photos of the past 30 years into neatly categorized albums. But when he uncovers a dated Polaroid shot back in 1982 of a car he once owned, his world is turned upside down. For he had sold that care to his brother-in-law and it proves he was not where he said he had been on the night before he found his wife, Jimmy's sister-in-law, murdered when he returned from a fishing trip. To get to the bottom of this mystery he begins to make phone calls to people associated with that tragedy and by day's end he will find the killer of a cold case that had been unsolved for 35 years. A story driven primarily by the phone call conversations of our hero to other characters appearing only in voiceover dialogue, "The Landline Detective" is an action packed murder mystery featuring only one on-screen character.

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This movie was shot in a meteoric five days and relied on lead actor Dann Seki acting literally by himself, as all voice recordings of 15 other characters were recorded separately. See more »


Blanche: No cell phone. No email, I don't know if you're an American original or a caveman.
Jimmy: Oh. Probably both.
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Clever little mystery!
27 February 2021 | by minlinSee all my reviews

Considering the entire movie consists of one single man in the same room; most of the time sitting in the same chair, talking on the phone you'd think it would be boring. Not at all! Jimmy is sorting through old family photos so they can finally be put into albums. Something which he and wife have meant to do for years. He's decided while his wife is on vacation with friends, he'll do it. While he's going through the pictures to put them in chronological order, he comes across a Polaroid that puzzles him. After calling his daughter, who'd taken the picture as a child 35 years ago, he begins to realize that the seemingly innocuous photo holds a clue to the still unsolved murder of his sister-in-law. He starts calling people to try to put the pieces together and figure out what happened.

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13 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Yellow Brick Studio See more »
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