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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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Storyline

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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Crime | Thriller

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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:

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

Gross:

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

When Stu is being told to "hang up the ****ing phone" by the prostitute played by Paula Jai Parker, she calls him the 'N' word. This was ad-libbed, so the who-do-you-think-you're-talking-to look that Colin Farrell gives her after she says it is genuine. See more »

Goofs

The caller's intent to frame Stu for the murder of the pimp is flawed in several ways. Firstly, Stu would have had no gunshot residue on his hand. Second, hollow-point bullets do not fragment on impact, but flatten out to achieve a larger wound, so there would've been a bullet left behind. Third, when investigating deaths by gunshots, the investigator fires comparison bullets to help match the bullet found in the victim or the wound caused by the bullet. Fourth, the entrance wound would show that the pimp was shot from behind, but when he was struggling with Stu they were face to face, meaning Stu couldn't have possibly shot him in the back from that position. See more »

Quotes

Stu: You can see me right now?
The Caller: Uh-huh.
Stu: What am I doing?
[Stu scratches himself]
The Caller: You're scratching your ear. Now you're brushing your hair back.
[Stu gives the finger to the windows in the buildings around him]
The Caller: That isn't very nice, Stu.
Stu: Did you call me Stu? Who's Stu? I don't know any Stu.
The Caller: Why, do you prefer Stuart?
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The 20th Century Fox logo blends into the white clouds that open the film. See more »

Connections

References Bette (2000) See more »

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Written by William Spivery
Produced by Nathan Larson
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Entertaining and full of suspense!
7 July 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is the kind of movie that is rare these days. It didn't cost an arm and a leg to make, it stars some good actors and the story line was plausible.

The Hitchcock influence is obvious and the pacing of the film was just right. This is the best work of director Schumacher. The lead could have been played by any yuppie looking actor but Colin Farrell does a good job anyway in a role that puts you in his character's place.

It's hard to make a movie work when it takes place in a confined space with few characters, but when those movies succeed, it shows. And that's how it is with "Phone Booth."


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