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Encyclopedia > Phone Booth (film)
Phone Booth

Phone Booth film poster
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Gil Netter,
David Zucker
Written by Larry Cohen
Starring Colin Farrell
Kiefer Sutherland
Forest Whitaker
Radha Mitchell
Katie Holmes
James Stevenson
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) April 4, 2003
Running time 81 minutes
Language English
Budget US$ 10,000,000
IMDb profile

Phone Booth is a 2003 morality thriller about a man who is trapped in a telephone booth by a sniper. It stars Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell and Katie Holmes, and was directed by Joel Schumacher. The film was originally scheduled to be released in the fall of 2002, but was delayed until April 4, 2003 due to the Beltway sniper attacks. Download high resolution version (475x705, 55 KB)Phone Booth movie poster. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... David Zucker (born October 16, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American film director. ... The Larry Cohen Collection Larry Cohen (born 15 July 1941, Kingston, New York, USA) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. ... Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, in Castleknock, Dublin to Rita and Eamon Farrell. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian television and film actor, well known for his role of Jack Bauer on the series 24. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Radha Louise Mitchell (born November 12, 1973 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian actress. ... Kate Noelle Katie Holmes[1] (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB teen drama Dawsons Creek from 1998 to 2003. ... James Stevenson is a UK punk / rock guitarist currently with The Alarm, Gene Loves Jezebel and Chelsea. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... -1... Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... A classic UK red telephone box. ... Arkansas Army National Guard soldiers practice sniper marksmanship at their firing range near Baghdad, Iraq in 2005. ... Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, in Castleknock, Dublin to Rita and Eamon Farrell. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian television and film actor, well known for his role of Jack Bauer on the series 24. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Radha Louise Mitchell (born November 12, 1973 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian actress. ... Kate Noelle Katie Holmes[1] (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB teen drama Dawsons Creek from 1998 to 2003. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939 in New York, New York, USA) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Locations of the 15 sniper attacks numbered chronologically. ...

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Filming

The principal photography on the film was completed in 10 days, with an additional 2 days of establishing shots, pick-ups and re-shoots. The film is set in real-time, so the timespan in which the film takes place is as long as it takes to watch it, much like the television series 24, which also stars Kiefer Sutherland. Real-time is a term used to describe a motion picture, television or radio program, or computer game wherein the events depicted take place entirely within the span of time that lasts from the beginning of the depiction to the end, and at the same rate. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... 24 is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and produced by Imagine Television. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian television and film actor, well known for his role of Jack Bauer on the series 24. ...


Even though the film is set in New York City, it was filmed in downtown Los Angeles (at Fifth Street, between Broadway Street and Spring Street). This is made evident by the LACMTA buses periodically driving by. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (also known as Metro, MTA or LACMTA) is the state chartered regional transportation planning and public transportation operating agency for the county of Los Angeles. ...


Larry Cohen originally pitched the concept of a film that takes place entirely within a phone booth to Alfred Hitchcock in the 1960s. Hitchcock liked the idea, but he and Cohen were unable to figure out a plot reason for keeping the film confined to a booth and hence Hitchcock never made the idea into a film. Cohen picked the idea up again in the late 1990s when the idea of the sniper came to him. The Larry Cohen Collection Larry Cohen (born 15 July 1941, Kingston, New York, USA) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ...


Plot

The narrator begins by mentioning all the phone calls made every day. Enter Stu Shepard (Farrell), an arrogant, selfish, lying, foul-mouthed publicist, who contemplates cheating on his wife Kelly (Mitchell). Every day after work he calls his girlfriend, Pam (Holmes) from the phone booth between 53rd and 8th. When a pizza guy tries to deliver a pizza to the booth Stu rudely dismisses him. A publicist is a person whose job is to generate and manage publicity for a public figure, especially a celebrity, or for a work such as a book or movie. ... A pizza with tomatoes, field mushrooms, and onions as toppings. ...


Stu calls Pam, an actress who he only pretends to be making a star out of and says that he'd love to introduce her to some important people but is told she doesn't have time. After the phone call, the phone rings and Stu answers it.


The caller is a man (Sutherland) who says that he should've accepted the pizza, and also that he should not leave the booth. When Stu asks who it is, the man says "Someone who enjoys watching you". Stu soon realizes that the man he's talking to can see him and looks around the many windows surrounding him. The man says that he'll say hi to his wife Kelly from him, then hangs up. The man soon calls back to tell Stu that he must tell Kelly and Pam the truth; that he's cheating. The man calls Pam and puts Stu on speaker phone, and tells her that Stu is married, that he doesn't want anything with Pam except to sleep with her. He then tells Stu to call his wife and tell her the truth. An angry Stu does so.

Stuart Shepard trapped in a phone booth, while making a routine phone call.

Kelly says that a guy just called to say Stu would call her from a booth to tell her something important and Stu is distracted by two prostitutes who want to use the phone. He becomes so confused that he finally hangs up on his wife and yells to the hookers. He then tells the man he's had enough—and is told that if he hangs up, the man will shoot him. Stu doesn't believe him, but is convinced when the man cocks his gun. Stu gets scared, warning him that if he shoots the cops will arrive. However, the sniper proves him to be wrong by shooting a toy robot next to the booth without anyone noticing. Image File history File links Stu_Shepard_(Colin_Farrell). ... Image File history File links Stu_Shepard_(Colin_Farrell). ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ...


The situation escalates when the hookers' pimp approaches the booth and tries to ask Stu nicely to leave, but the terrified Stu refuses. The pimp attacks the booth—and is shot in the back by the sniper and shortly after dying the police arrive and Stu is instantly the suspect. Captain Ed Ramey (Whitaker) tries to negotiate with Stu but he replies 'It's an important call'. Ramey then asks him who he's talking to, and Stu answers "My psychiatrist". The press arrives and the sniper says that Stu should be glad for all the attention he's getting. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats mental and emotional disorders (see mental illness). ...


Kelly arrives and the sniper makes him confess to her about his infidelity. Pam then shows up and the sniper says that one of them can take Stu's place but Stu pleads with the sniper and manages to secretly inform Captain Ramey of his situation using his cellphone. Soon the sniper makes Stu confess his sins in front of the crowd.

Forrest Whitaker outside the booth
Forrest Whitaker outside the booth

The police finally track down the sniper by tracing the call and Ramey tells Stu through a cryptic message that they have done so. Stu triumphantly informs the sniper that the cops are coming to kill him and the sniper chooses to take Kelly with him, but Stu takes a gun planted in the ceiling by the sniper, runs out of the booth and yells "it's me you want!". A cop shoots him with a rubber bullet at the same time as the police officers reach the hotel room where the sniper is. There they find the corpse of the pizza guy. The audience is led to believe that this was the sniper all along and has committed suicide when he heard the cops coming. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Non-lethal round. ... Mayor of Leipzig, Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ...


When Stu is falling asleep in an ambulance minutes later due to a morphine dose, however, a man in a coat walks up to him, says that he's sorry for the pizza guy, and warns Stu that if his new-found honesty does not last, he'll be hearing from him. Then the real sniper walks away from the scene as a voice over repeats his first words to Say: "Isn't it funny - you hear a phone ringing and it could be anybody. But a ringing phone has to be answered, doesn't it?" An ambulance in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico A Helicopter used as an Ambulance. ... Morphine (INN) (IPA: ) is a highly potent opiate analgesic drug and is the principal active agent in opium and the prototypical opiate. ...


The film ends with the sound of another phone ringing, followed by a man answering, "Hello?".


Cast

Colin James Farrell (born May 31, 1976) is an Irish actor who has appeared in several high-profile Hollywood films including Daredevil, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth and S.W.A.T.. // Farrell was born prematurely, weighing 1 pound 6 ounces, in Castleknock, Dublin to Rita and Eamon Farrell. ... Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland (born December 21, 1966) is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Canadian television and film actor, well known for his role of Jack Bauer on the series 24. ... Forest Steven Whitaker (born July 15, 1961) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Radha Louise Mitchell (born November 12, 1973 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian actress. ... Kate Noelle Katie Holmes[1] (born December 18, 1978) is an American actress who first achieved fame for her role as Joey Potter on The WB teen drama Dawsons Creek from 1998 to 2003. ... Paula Jai Parker (born August 19, 1969) is an African-American actress and comedian. ... Tia Nicole Tucker, most commonly known as Tia Texada, (born December 14, 1971 in Louisiana) is an American film and television actress and singer. ... John Enos III (born June 12th, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor, best known for the role of Bobby Marsino in the soap opera The Young And The Restless from 2003 to 2005. ... Richard T. Jones (born January 16, 1972 in Kobe, Japan) is an American actor. ... Keith Nobbs (born April 9, 1979) is an American stage, television, and film actor. ... This article is about the religious leader; for the ice hockey player see James Kilby Macdonald James MacDonald (b. ...

Trivia

  • Three OBEY Giant posters can be seen on the wall behind and to the left of the phone booth.
  • During the movie, the sniper warns Stu not to move, he says that "You can be shot forty-one times just for pulling out your wallet". This is a reference to the killing of Amadou Diallo who supposedly matched the description of a serial rapist. The police approached him and he reached for his wallet. They mistakenly thought it was a gun and Diallo was shot 41 times between four officers, hitting him 19 times and killing him.
  • During the later half of the movie, the sniper cocks his weapon three times without firing.
  • Ron Eldard, Jim Carrey and Will Smith were all considered for roles while Michael Bay decided not to direct after creative differences with Cohen.
  • The phone booth was a Bell Atlantic phone booth. Bell Atlantic is now Verizon.

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Box office

  • Budget - US$ 10,000,000
  • Total Domestic Grosses - US$ 46,566,212.00
  • Total Overseas - US$ 51,270,926.00
  • Total Worldwide Grosses - US$ 97,837,138.00

External links

Preceded by
"Head of State"
List of Box Office #1 Movies
April 6, 2003
Succeeded by
"Anger Management"

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