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Phone Booth (2003)

Colin Farrell , Kiefer Sutherland , Joel Schumacher  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell, Katie Holmes
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Larry Cohen
  • Producers: David Zucker, Eli Richbourg, Gil Netter, Ted Kurdyla
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLQN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phone Booth" on IMDb

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A single phone call can change a man's life…or possibly end it. Colin Farrell delivers a captivating, off-the-hook performance as Stu Shepard, a self-centered New York City publicist who suddenly finds himself on the deadly end of a high-powered rifle scope. Now it's a real-time race against the clock as Stu must outwit a psychotic sniper in a frantic scramble from phone booth to freedom. Directed by Joel Schumacher, this groundbreaking "tightly-made thriller" (Sidekick Magazine) co-stars Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, and Kiefer Sutherland as the crazed gunman calling the shots, literally.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very suspenseful! April 1, 2003
In what seems like the most unlikely premise of all, we are treated to one of the most suspenseful movies so far this year. Not many people could take a film that has 90% of it taking place in a phone booth and still make it good, but Schumaker pulls it off here. Colin Farrell really shines in this movie, and as the suspense mounts toward the film's resolution, you really feel sorry for him. The sense of hopelessness he's feeling becomes your own as you realize there's no easy way out of the situation. The only thing I have against this film is that it could have easily been made into a PG-13 film for a wider audience range with just the loss of profanity. The violence is not as full as Lord of the Rings, but every third word is profanity and that's what earned it the R rating. I understand that you're trying to show Farrell's character's mounting desperation, but it could have been toned down a bit. Still, Keifer Sutherland's calm and even-tempered tone of voice is just psychotic enough to make you cringe when your own phone rings. He's definitely on a roll with his series "24" and now this great movie.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best film of 2003, so far... April 6, 2003
...Well, I guess that isn't saying too much. Phone Booth is a suspense genre movie that is actually suspenseful! In only 88 minutes, Phone Booth managed to get me to the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Colin Farrel really displayed his ability to act. His character may not have been the perfect guy, but he still managed to make the viewer feel for him. With this movie, Kiefer Sutherland also managed to regain the top position as the scariest actor in Hollywood...with his voice alone! Joel Schumacher's directing was great. One might think having the whole movie take place in mostly a phone booth would be boring, but Joel managed to make the movie compelling and visually stimulating. The other actors were also great; although if you're a fan of Katie Holmes, she's in about two minutes of it. I would defintely recommend anyone to see, especially if the person has been hesitant about seeing thrillers due to the blatantly bad ones that have already come out, because Phone Booth delivers.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The art of listening. September 26, 2003
By Vlad
Before I watched this film, I read several reviews on it. Most of them was negative. Than I checked out the director: Joel Schumacher. I found few mediocre films by him but at the same time I found few of my favorites: The Lost Boys (1987), Flatliners (1990), Falling Down (1993), The Client (1994). Based on this research I had no choice but to watch this film.
Main character Stu (Colin Farrell at his best performance) is one of this fake New Yorkers: some publicist, dressed in a fake coat of bogus fame and unexciting BIG contacts. He stops by at the phone booth to make his regular call to another women, the one which doesn't know that he is married... As soon as he hangs up? A phone call... A phone call for him... A phone call by a sniper. He has to play by the sniper's rules, or someone will die.
A thriller? An action? A psychological drama? I would say all of it at the same time... but much more. Did I want to know what will happen next? Yes! Did this film make me think? Yes!
From my point of view, this film mostly about art of listening. We often prejudge situations and people. But we forget to listen, to understand and hear the meaning of simple clues which might save our own life. And Forest Whitaker as Captain Ramey did this part very well.
On the other hand it gives us a slight idea how one second can change our life forever. And it does every single day.
The ending made me disappointed but I can't give this film less than A- grade. I've seen better, but not as many as you might think.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Life Changing Call . . . September 1, 2003
Many found that Phone Booth was boring, badly scripted, and so on. I myself (agreeing with many critics) found it to be EXTREMELY tenseful and engrossing. Once that phone call started, my heart was pounding like a beast. Joel Schumacher, the director of many films (St. Elmo's Fire, Batman & Robin), definately had a hard task of making a movie all around one phone booth. But he suceeded in bringing tons of intense moments and so forth. Colin Ferrell does a fine job of bringing the greedy Stu Shepard to life. Forest Whitaker, the cop who is dealing with the situation, did a great job in the realism of his character. He was fun to watch. Kiefer Sutherland, the sniper on the phone, was also great even though you just hear his voice.
Phone Booth is the story of a man, Stu Shepard, who's a tricky PR guy and a cheating husband. When he stops in a Manhattan phone booth to call his second love (girl he's cheating with), he gets a call from an odd man. He then realizes, thanks to a red dot, that he's being pinned in the booth my a sniper. After a little inconvenice with hookers and their manager, the cops are all around, while Stu is stuck on the phone with a maniac.
Phone Booth was a great film and finely crafted. Rent this movie. I dont really think the DVD is worth the money (only a commentary). This was one tense film. Enjoy
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I do remember the previews of this film and I did not think it looked that great. I could not imagine that a movie that centered on a single location such as a guy trapped in a phone booth could create so many interesting plot points but I was wrong! This movie plays out kind of like the psychology of a revenge type guy who is snooping around people's dirty laundry. When he finds this one guy Stuart he really gets him to the wall. Stuart answers a random ringing phone at a phone booth one afternoon and suddenly he is blackmailed by a sniper! Really good acting but you cannot go wrong because a main police officer in this movie is played by Forest Whitaker. A good thriller that is worth of multiple viewings because of its simplicity and exciting scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It kept my attention the while time. Colin Farrell was great and Keifer was amazing. His voice is perfect for the part of the creep.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret L. Van Ness
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up!
This has been my favorite movie for years and years. A lot of people find it boring but I love the intensity of it. So glad to finally get it on blu ray :)
Published 1 month ago by Tommy Sotuyo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
Who would have thought a movie about a guy in a phone booth would be as interesting as it was? I suppose when Joel Shumacher is directing an all-star cast, anything, even an entire... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Todd Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it.
Phone Booth was a really good movie. Although most of the movie, obviously, takes place in a phone booth, there are a lot of awesome dialogue scenes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ethan
5.0 out of 5 stars I just enjoy Keifer
I watch this movie when I work out at home,, gives me a kick every time I watch it, I think the plot is terrific,, who thought this up? Scary for sure.
Published 3 months ago by J. Mang
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not an Academy Award Winner, BUT ....
So, as I said, no Academy Award Winner, BUT "Phone Booth" is, in the opinion of a middle-aged man, worth watching! Read more
Published 3 months ago by IMA DOC AND A DAD
3.0 out of 5 stars Colin Farrell
The only reason why I picked this movie was because of Colin Farrell. He's a phenomenal actor and I was curious how a movie basically filmed entirely in a phone booth would be at... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tatiana Vicente
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't even think about leaving that phone booth.
I rate this cause I like this movie with a man in a phone booth talking to someone he don't know. A man targets him while he is speaking with him in a phone booth. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Edwin Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie ever for me after Terminator 2
This movie that I saw a decade ago still keep my attention the same way it did years ago. This is the best movie for me since Terminator2. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maxime Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars More than action is suspense, but GOOD!
Someone is watching, who is it, what's the purpose..why him? Those are answers that minute by minute will be answered and will make you sit in the corner of your sofa. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joel Ramirez
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