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Phone Booth (2003)

Phone Booth

Overview


Genre

Thriller

Release Date

April 04, 2003

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

81 min.

Production Budget

$13 millions

Studio

The 20th Century Fox

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Joel Schumacher

Producer

Gil Netter, David Zucker

Screenwriter

Larry Cohen

Starring

Story


Red-hot superstar Colin Farrell ("Daredevil," "The Recruit") toplines the thriller PHONE BOOTH, from director Joel Schumacher. A phone call can change your life, but for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, PHONE BOOTH follows Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), a low-rent media consultant who is trapped after being told by a caller - a serial killer with a sniper rifle - that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up.

What do you do when you hear a ringing public phone? You know it's a wrong number, but instinct forces you to pick it up. A ringing phone demands to be answered, but when Stu Shepard takes the call, he finds himself hurtled into a tortuous game. Hang up, says the caller (Kiefer Sutherland), and Stu's a dead man.

A sudden and shocking act of violence near the booth draws the attention of the police, who arrive backed with a small army of sharpshooters. They believe that Stu, not the unseen caller of whom they remain unaware, is the dangerous man with a gun.

The senior officer on the scene, Captain Ramey (Forest Whitaker), tries to talk Stu out of the booth. But unbeknownst to Ramey, his team, the media circus that has flocked to the site - and Stu's wife, Kelly, and his client /prospective girlfriend, Pamela - the caller has them all in his high-powered rifle sights.

As afternoon turns into evening, Stu, the embodiment of an unethical, self-serving existence, must now undertake a sudden and unexpected moral evolution. He is emotionally stripped naked by the caller. Stu's lies, half-truths, and obfuscation no longer matter. Instead, he must dig deep into his soul, find his strength and attempt to outwit the caller, taking the game to an even more dangerous level.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..The conception of The Caller is central to the film's problems..”
by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
“..Phone Booth is preposterous but entertaining..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..slick and relatively efficient, but not remotely as good as it thinks it is..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]