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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>

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No options. No lies. No fear. No deals. Just keep talking. See more »

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

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4 April 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$379,269 (Japan) (21 November 2003)

Gross:

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

The phone booth is supposedly on the north side of West 53rd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The filming began there but it was already November 2000 and much too cold for the cast and crew. After one day, the shoot took over in a historic section of downtown LA on 5th Street. It looks like NY, save for the well-known Studio 54 and Ed Sullivan Theatre which are on the original location's block. See more »

Goofs

When Stu's wife is with the police trying to talk Stu out of the phone both she tries to say "Do what they tell you to do, Stu!". Instead what she actually said was "Stu what they tell you do!". (When putting on the subtitles for the movie it confirms she was supposed to say "Do what they tell you to do, Stu!".) See more »

Quotes

The Caller: Look at these guys. You can smell the fear.
Stu: 10 cops.
The Caller: This reminds me of 'nam.
Stu: Vietnam?
The Caller: Yes, Vietnam.
Stu: I was too young to go, but I've seen pictures.
The Caller: Well, pictures can't do it, Stu. You can't imagine the fear, the stench, pigs eating napalm-charred bodies. Children leaving grenades in your boots.
Stu: [sputtering] A-and then you got blamed for the war.
The Caller: I came home and people spat on me.
Stu: This countr - this country owes you an apology. Look, I just had this vision of you coming back from the war, you ...
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The 20th Century Fox logo blends into the white clouds that open the film. See more »

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References Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »

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Six Days (Remix Featuring Mos Def)
Written by Josh Davis and Brian Farrell
Performed by DJ Shadow
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Taught, Original, Daring, very entertaining
20 September 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw the premiere of "Phone Booth" at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, and I LOVED IT! It's unusual for a feature like this to even show at the TIFF, which should say something about it. I know it sounds like a hard sell. The whole thing takes place outside a phone booth in Manhattan, and it was shot in 10 days for less than 2 million dollars. But this movie is electric. It BLEW ME AWAY! Stuart `Stu' Shepard (Colin Farrell), a sleazy publicist, uses this phone booth to call his girlfriend, because his wife checks his cell phone bills. The phone rings, and when he picks it up, all hell breaks loose. The voice on the other end (Kiefer Sutherland is just terrifying) warns him that if he leaves the booth he will be killed. At first Stu doesn't believe him, but we find out pretty quick that his life is in real danger, and the stranger on the other end of the line knows EVERYTHING about Stu and his life. Then the police show up, (Forest Whitaker is wonderful as always as the cop in charge) and order Stu out of the booth. I spent the next hour on the edge of my seat. I don't want to give anything more away, but it is one of the most suspenseful movies I've seen in a very long time! You should go see this movie! I don't think it's going to get a very big release, even though it's directed by Joel Schumacher (St. Elmo's Fire, Flatliners, Batman and Robin, 8mm, Tigerland). Schumacher was at the screening, and he talked about how a number of different actors (including Mel Gibson) and directors had been attached to the script, and it had taken years to get it to the screen. He was able to do it with Colin Farrell after 20th Century Fox exec's saw him in `Tigerland' and decided to take a chance. But he's still not considered a `big' star. And Kiefer only came to the project at the end (though Schumacher said he was the only guy for the role, and I agree), and you don't see him much. So the movie may not get much of a push when it comes out. Don't let that dissuade you. If you like a good ride, you should go see this movie.


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