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Phone Booth (2002)

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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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Joel Schumacher

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

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 Yorgo Constantine ... ESU Commander
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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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Today someone has his number See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Swahili

Release Date:

4 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enlace mortal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,021,088, 6 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,566,212, 31 July 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,837,138
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Having worked with Colin Farrell on Tigerland (2000), Joel Schumacher was keen to give the lead to Farrell. Studio executives had yet to see Tigerland (2000) and so objected to this casting choice, instead campaigning for Jim Carrey to take the lead. However, they soon changed their minds when they saw Farrell's work in Schumacher's previous film. See more »

Goofs

The caller tells Stu that channels 2 and 5 were coming to see him; this would be correct since channel 2 is the CBS affiliate for New York city, and channel 5 is the FOX affiliate But the news vans that show up indicate that channels 5 and 8 are covering the story. The nearest broadcast channel 8 is in Connecticut. The only channel 8 in the New York City area is used by a cable station for a premium channel or local programming. See more »

Quotes

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 Saturday Night Live: Bernie Mac/Good Charlotte (2003) See more »

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Written by William Spivery
Produced by Nathan Larson
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Gosh! And 10 days was all it took to be filmed!!
19 April 2005 | by what3v3rSee all my reviews

Colin Farrell is a self-professed star publicist with an attitude to boot. Watch 81 minutes of gut-wrenching nerve-wracking dialog reduce a pretentious "kiss my ass" punk into an enervated and regretful reprobate. Farrell is simply awesome in portraying the gravity of the situation. "The Caller"'s voice is absolutely worth a mention. Calm, creepy and authoritative! Something different and the movie would have fallen flat on its 'flab less' anterior. Sutherland plays 'The Caller', manning a high profile sniper rifle, while he thrusts honesty upon Stu Shephard (Colin Farrell). Frankly, I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen for a second.

Ebert himself was marvelled by the creativity of "Phone Booth". Why! It wasn't without good reason! A gaudy character stuck inside a phone booth in a busy locale, some good camera work, bunch of apartment windows, a psycho sniper and 10 days of excellent filming supported by a 'worth a mention' cast easily will manage to get into a good bundle of "top ten" lists. Fabulous entertainment and a good display of creativity. Graham Bell is still aiding marvels, I guess!


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