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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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Captain Ramey
Negotiator (as James Macdonald)
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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 »



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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2.35 : 1
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An Indian remake was made of this movie named 'Knock Out' starring Irrfan Khan. See more »


During the first couple of scenes inside the booth, the sticker on the receiver is worn out and barely readable. After the first close-up the worn out section of the sticker is replaced with a new part, boasting clearly the name of the phone company. See more »


Stu: [to Ramey] Look, I got issues I can't talk about!
The Caller: Yeah, lethal issues. Tell him to stay back.
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Crazy Credits

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


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Farrell is great
10 November 2003 | by (The Hague, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) uses a pay phone to call his mistress (Katie Holmes) and after he hung up the phone rings. He picks it up, of course, and learns that there is a sniper on the other side of the line. When he hangs up the sniper will shoot him, so he is told. Before he entered the booth we saw Stu talking on his cell phone as a PR-man, constantly lying to people. The sniper has observed Stu and thinks he deserves to die.

When the sniper demonstrates he is real by shooting a pimp near the booth the police arrives and thinks Stu is the shooter. Capt. Ramey (Forest Whitaker) slowly understands things are not as they seem.

Colin Farrell who is in almost every scene is great. First he looks so confident and slowly he becomes more and more desperate. The voice of the sniper (Kiefer Sutherland) is also perfect for the movie. It sounds calm but creepy, like a dangerous man who knows what he is doing.

The movie is not very long and here that is a very good thing. Scenes are not dragged to make the movie as long as most movies and therefor it doesn't get boring. It kept me on the edge of my seat. A very good thriller.

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