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Phone Booth (2002)

Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle.

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Stu Shepard is a fast talking and wise cracking New York City publicist who gets out of trouble and lies with his clever charm, connections, and charisma. Stu's greatest lie is to his wife Kelly, who he is cheating on with his girlfriend, Pam. Upon answering a call in a phone booth in belief it is Pam, Stu is on the line with a dangerous yet intelligent psychopath with a sniper rifle. When realizing it is not a joke, Stu is placed in a powerful mind game of wits and corruption. The New York City Police eventually arrive thereafter and demand Stu comes out of the phone booth- but how can he when if he hangs up or leaves the booth he will die? Written by commanderblue

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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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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$46,563,158 (USA) (25 July 2003)
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Trivia

Ray Liotta turned down the role Capt. Ed Ramey. See more »

Goofs

In one shot when Captain Ramey is talking to Stu, the other negotiator is behind him as he is telling him about his "lawyer". The negotiator's badge chain tangles and untangles between shots. See more »

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Stu: You shoot a gun here, there'll be pandemonium, cops will be swarming all over the block.
The Caller: Think so? Let's see. One...
[Stu ducks]
The Caller: Two. That won't help you. Three!
[fires gun and shoots a toy robot next to the phone booth - no one notices]
The Caller: Oh Stu, look at everybody. Look at all the people yelling, Stu. Here come the cops, sniper on the roof. Gunfire. Hit the deck.
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The 20th Century Fox logo blends into the white clouds that open the film. See more »

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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »

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Produced by Nathan Larson
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When a phone rings...
28 February 2004 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Director Joel Schumacher preserves his reputation with a script by Larry Cohen about personal morals and hopefully the truth providing some kind of redemption. This is a white knuckle nerve wrecker about a self-serving publicist(Colin Farrell)making the mistake of his life by answering a public telephone. On the other end of the phone is a self empowered mad man(Kiefer Sutherland) inflicting demands on the fast talking, fast thinking publicity dealer who just happened to be walking by the phone booth he passes every day. The mystery voice on the phone demands the publicist to stay in the phone booth until he tells his wife(Radha Mitchell)and the TV watching public of his cheating, lying and making use of others. Of course behind the demanding voice is a sharpshooter that is not afraid to pull the trigger. The senior officer on the scene(Forest Whitaker)tries to make sense of the situation while fighting back thoughts of his own past personal problems. At least 90% of this thriller is made up of witty, threatening and revealing banter between Farrell and Sutherland. And talk about a clever twist to end this flick. Also of note in the cast are: Katie Holmes, Richard T. Jones and Paula Jai Parker. Think twice about answering that ringing phone.


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