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Phone Booth (2002)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  4 April 2003 (USA)
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Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle.



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A slick New York publicist who picks up a ringing receiver in a phone booth is told that if he hangs up, he'll be killed... and the little red light from a laser rifle sight is proof that the caller isn't kidding. Written by Ryan McIntosh <Ryanmcintosh01@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A ringing phone has to be answered. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enlace mortal  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,021,088 (USA) (4 April 2003)


$1,787,367 (Japan) (12 December 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roger Jackson (who voiced Ghostface in the Scream films) was the original choice for the Caller. See more »


When the caller/sniper gets a bit twitchy, threatening to shoot Stu's wife and the police officers, we hear him cocking the rifle five separate times. At no point do we hear him un-cocking the rifle between those moments, but he would have to physically cock and load the rifle every time he needs to fire a round. But since there are two rifles in play (one left with the dead pizza guy, and one the Caller carries in the final scene), the Caller could easily have had an empty rifle that he cocked, seeing how he uses the sound to intimidate Stu. See more »


The Caller: Everybody does harm.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo blends into the white clouds that open the film. See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.1 (2003) See more »


Written by William Spivery
Produced by Nathan Larson
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One Way To Get Your Message Across!
19 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I only looked at this because a friend loaned it to me so, at zero cost, what could I lose? Well, it was a lot better than I anticipated. Oddly, even though it's only 80 minutes long, I think this could have been better with about 10 minutes chopped off. It starts to repeat itself too much near the end. You have to remember, almost the whole film takes place within a phone booth!

Colin Farrell does a super job playing a sleazy guy held captive in the phone booth by a threatening sniper-caller. The story, although simple, holds your attention because there is great suspense, innovative camera-work, an involving story that hooks you in pretty fast and some great sound. I hope you have a surround sound system because the caller's (Keifer Sutherland) voice on the other end of the line is something to hear!

There is a big moral message in this film, too, about doing the right thing and paying for your sins, which Farrell sure did. It was really refreshing to hear that message, effectively told. Maybe some of us need a sniper to get the message across, but I hope not!

Are there holes in this story? Sure, but it's still good and has a cool ending. The only warning I would give readers here is the language: this is a very profane film with Farrell going overboard on the f-word. If that offends you, then stay out of this phone booth; otherwise, it's pretty entertaining

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