Phone Booth (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Quick pacing and Farrell's performance help make Phone Booth a tense nail-biter.

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One man's life is thrown into turmoil by picking up a telephone in this claustrophobic thriller. Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) is a brash, cynical, and self-centered public relations man who juggles a busy career with both a wife, Kelly (Radha Mitchell), and a mistress, Pamela (Katie Holmes). Stu steps into a phone booth on a busy New York street to make a call to Pamela without Kelly being the wiser, but as soon as Stu hangs up, the phone begins to ring. Curious, Stu picks it up -- and a stranger on the other end (voice of Kiefer Sutherland) informs him that if he hangs up the phone, he'll be shot. The red dot of an infrared rifle scope convinces Stu that the caller means business, and when another man tries to make his way into the booth, he's shot mere inches from Stu, calling the attention of the police. Captain Ramey (Forest Whitaker) naturally assumes that Stu was the killer, as Stu struggles to find a way to convince the police of what's happening before more lives are lost, without leaving the booth and putting his own life on the line. At one time proposed as a vehicle for Jim Carrey, Phone Booth was directed by Joel Schumacher, from a screenplay by exploitation icon Larry Cohen. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Joel Schumacher
Written By: Larry Cohen
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Colin Farrell
as Stu Shepard
Forest Whitaker
as Capt. Ed Ramey
Radha Mitchell
as Kelly Shepard
Dell Yount
as Pizza Guy
James MacDonald
as Negotiator
Mia Cottet
as Lu Ann
Katie Holmes
as Pamela McFadden
Josh Pais
as Mario
Yorgo Constantine
as ESU Commander
Colin Patrick Lynch
as ESU Technician
Troy M. Gilbert
as ESU Sniper
Seth William Meier
as Officer McDuff
Troy M. Gilbert
as ESU Sniper
Tom Reynolds
as Richard
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Hispanic Medic
Karara Muhoro
as Nigerian Vendor
Zidu Chen
as Korean Husband
Dean Cochran
as Reporter No. 1
Amy Kowallis
as Reporter No. 2
Tuan Shu Lan
as Korean Wife
Tory Kittles
as Reporter No. 3
Bruce Roberts
as Reporter No. 4
Dean Tarrolly
as Newscaster No. 1
Paul Fontana
as Dispatcher
Mary Jo Randle
as Dispatcher
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Full Review… | June 1, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 19, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Raises more questions than it answers as it attempts to convince us that a moralistic sniper would torture a sleazy publicist into tears of guilt and remorse over what amounts to a few paltry, venial sins.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
New York Observer
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The premise is admittedly a killer -- fun to think about, fun to see realized, not so fun to see screwed up in the last half-hour.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
Slate
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If this sounds like a Kafkaesque spoof thrown together for the annual Publicists Guild of America luncheon, Larry Cohen's script is only occasionally that clever.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
New York Daily News
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