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Phone Booth (2002)

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Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.


Joel Schumacher


Larry Cohen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Farrell ... Stu Shepard
Kiefer Sutherland ... The Caller
Forest Whitaker ... Captain Ramey
Radha Mitchell ... Kelly Shepard
Katie Holmes ... Pamela McFadden
Paula Jai Parker ... Felicia
Arian Ash ... Corky
Tia Texada ... Asia
John Enos III ... Leon
Richard T. Jones ... Sergeant Cole
Keith Nobbs ... Adam
Dell Yount ... Pizza Guy
James MacDonald ... Negotiator (as James Macdonald)
Josh Pais ... Mario
Yorgo Constantine ... ESU Commander


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Just Keep Talking! See more »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


During the movie, when the Caller warns Stu not to move, he says "You can get shot 41 times just for pulling out your wallet." This is a reference to the killing of Amadou Diallo. The police approached him and he pulled out his wallet (presumably to show them his ID), they mistakenly thought it was a gun and the four officers on scene fired 41 rounds at him. He was shot 19 times and died as a result of his injuries. See more »


At the end of the film when Stu is giving his speech the position of Kelly's hair changes between shots to reveal and hide her (right) earring. See more »


Stu: [to Caller] Stay the fuck out of this!
Capt. Ramey: Who do you keep talking to on the phone?
Stu: Nobody.
Capt. Ramey: Your ah... your friend, your parent, your lover? Who?
The Caller: Careful, Stuart. Careful.
Stu: My psychiatrist.
The Caller: [laughs] Excellent! I should have thought of that.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The Indian video release received a U (universal) rating after some profanity and visuals of a lady showing her breast were deleted. See more »


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An absolutely terrific thriller
8 February 2004 | by openeyesSee all my reviews

Stu Shepard is a press agent. By definition that means he is a liar. One day Stu tells one lie too many, and, as he stands in a phone booth, he finds himself at the mercy of a vicious but sardonic sniper who demands the truth from him.

"Phone Booth" is an absolutely terrific thriller. I was intrigued by the concept when I first heard about it: a film set almost entirely within the confines of a phone booth! Frankly, having little respect for director Joel Schumacher after his bloated Batman sequels and mindless Grisham adaptations, I didn't expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised. With every plot twist, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how the film makers were going to resolve the escalating situation without violating the internal perspective of the film. Schumacher and company always did so with great panache, but this film is more than a esoteric experiment in film making technique. It is a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller.

While much of the success of the film rests firmly on the shoulders of Colin Farrell, who plays wonderfully against the disembodied voice of Kiefer Sutherland, the real star of the movie is screenwriter Larry Cohen. Cohen, a crafty old veteran from the B-movie world, deserved an Oscar nomination for this inventive script which was so old that it was actually offered to Alfred Hitchcock. (I wish he would have tackled it!) Bravo, Mr. Cohen. Maybe it's time for me to start checking out your "Maniac Cop" films.

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English | Swahili

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,021,088, 6 April 2003

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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