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Phone Booth
     

Phone Booth

3.6 16
Director: Joel Schumacher, Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker

Cast: Joel Schumacher, Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker

 

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This deliberately claustrophobic thriller from director Joel Schumacher has been brought to DVD in a simple but well-polished package. Phone Booth has been given two transfers to disc for this DVD edition -- a letterboxed version at the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a pan-and-scan full-frame transfer at 1.33:1. The letterboxed version has also been

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This deliberately claustrophobic thriller from director Joel Schumacher has been brought to DVD in a simple but well-polished package. Phone Booth has been given two transfers to disc for this DVD edition -- a letterboxed version at the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a pan-and-scan full-frame transfer at 1.33:1. The letterboxed version has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The English-language audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1, as is a dubbed French-language track; a Spanish-language track appears in Dolby Digital Surround. Optional subtitles in English and Spanish have also been included. Bonus materials with this edition include an alternate commentary track from director Schumacher and trailers for the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If nothing else, the tautly directed Phone Booth proves that filmmakers don't need hundred-million-dollar budgets, interminable car chases, or repetitive shootouts to produce a genuinely riveting thriller. Working from a script by veteran B-movie scribe Larry Cohen and shooting at lightning speed with a small cast and crew, the normally excessive Joel Schumacher turned out a real sleeper with this briskly paced story. A brash New York publicist (Colin Farrell) is held captive in a Times Square phone booth by an unseen sniper (Kiefer Sutherland), who speaks to him from a nearby building. As the rifleman watches his every move, the publicist is forced to humiliate himself in front of puzzled spectators and the wary police who soon surround him. Schumacher rises to the task of maintaining suspense without resorting to nail-biting action sequences or poorly contrived diversions. He does so by lavishing attention on the carefully calibrated performances of a well-chosen cast. Forest Whitaker is especially fine as the police detective who believes Farrell's character is likely (though not certainly) responsible for the death of an innocent bystander actually slain by the sniper. In just a few brief scenes, Katie Holmes registers strongly as the press agent's mistress, and one wishes she had been more prominently featured. A tense, protracted climax presages the surprise denouement, which brings Phone Booth to an eminently satisfying conclusion.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Joel Schumacher's minor, but tightly constructed high-concept thriller Phone Booth clocks in at a brisk and efficient 80 minutes that transpires onscreen in real time. At heart a highly charged B-movie, the film would be easy to dismiss if not for the flashes of smart dialogue and the solid lead performance of Colin Farrell. Given only a few minutes to establish his character before being plunged into a life-threatening situation, Farrell communicates Stu Shepard's remarkable facility for sleaze in both his personal and professional life. His unlikability brings the film its enjoyable buzz. As the disembodied voice of the caller (expertly performed by Kiefer Sutherland) terrorizes him, Stu's questionable morality allows the audience to side with both the cat and the mouse throughout the ordeal. That Farrell actually succeeds entirely in winning the viewer's sympathy is a testament to both his skill and the unrelenting tension of the direction and screenplay. An enjoyable popcorn film, Phone Booth delivers the goods in a neat and tidy package.
San Francisco Chronicle
A movie that combines a seriousness of purpose with an impish delight in craft, in a way Hitchcock would have appreciated. Mick LaSalle
New York Post
Farrell delivers a tour de force in this clever cross between Sweet Smell of Success and Dog Day Afternoon. Lou Lumenick
New York Observer
A first-tier thriller, Phone Booth will make you think twice before you ever enter a public phone facility again, but while it curls your hair, it makes you think. Rex Reed

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
UPC:
0024543080480
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
30,724

Special Features

Full-length audio commentary by director Joel Schumacher Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Farrell Stuart Shepard
Kiefer Sutherland The Caller
Forest Whitaker Captain Ramey
Radha Mitchell Kelly Shepard
Katie Holmes Pamela McFadden
Richard T. Jones Sergeant Cole
John Enos Leon
James MacDonald Negotiator
Josh Pais Mario
Paula Jai Parker Felicia
Tia Texada Asia
Mia Cottet Lu Ann
Svetlana Efremova Erica
Arian Waring Ash Corky
Keith Nobbs Adam
Dell Yount Pizza Guy
Yorgo Constantine ESU Commander
Colin Patrick Lynch ESU Technician
Troy M. Gilbert ESU Sniper
Richard Paradise ESU Guy
Seth Meier Officer McDuff
Billy Erb Lars
Domenick Lombardozzi Wyatt
Maile Flanagan Lana
Tom Reynolds Richard
Julio Oscar Mechoso Hispanic Medic
Karara Muhoro Nigerian Vendor
Zidu Chen Korean Husband
Tuan Shu Lan Korean Wife
Dean Cochran Reporter
Amy Kowallis Reporter
Tory Kittles Reporter
Bruce Roberts Reporter
Tyree Simpson Doorman
Dean Tarrolly Newscaster I
Mary Jo Randle Dispatcher
Paul Fontana Dispatcher

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director
Michael Buster Consultant/advisor
Larry Cohen Screenwriter
Don Diers Set Decoration/Design
Timothy Donohue Asst. Director
Christopher Duskin Camera Operator
Brian Emrich Consultant/advisor
Sandi Figueroa Costumes/Costume Designer
Mali Finn Casting
Dean Garvin Asst. Director
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
Barbara Harris Casting
William Hayes Camera Operator
Mark Hubatsek Camera Operator
Stephen Johnson Asst. Director
Dan Kneece Camera Operator
Ted Kurdyla Executive Producer
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Matthew J. Libatique Cinematographer
Jay Meagher Sound Mixer
Michael A. Morongell Sound Mixer
Gil Netter Producer
Jeffrey Norvert Camera Operator
Jeffrey Norvet Camera Operator
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Andy Peach Sound Mixer
Eli Richbourg Associate Producer
James J. Sabat Sound Mixer
Justin Scoppa Set Decoration/Design
Mark Stevens Editor
Glen Trotiner Asst. Director
Richard S. Walden Camera Operator
Martin Whist Art Director
David Zucker Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Last Phone Booth
2. The Publicist
3. A Free Pizza
4. Pam
5. The Caller
6. Exposed
7. Kelly
8. Don't Hang Up
9. The Others
10. Leon's Girls
11. Guilty
12. The Cops
13. Captain Ramey
14. The Center of Attention
15. The Cell Phone
16. She's Not My Wife
17. The Perfect Violation
18. Hung Up
19. The Odds Are Even
20. Kelly or Pam?
21. A Sniper Situation
22. Trust Is the Key
23. A Chance for Redemption
24. The Man in 604
25. A Familiar Face
26. You'll Be Hearing From Me.
27. A Ringing Phone
28. End Titles

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Phone Booth 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Phone Booth was not what I expected when I first saw it. It had too much bad language.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Phone Booth was a great movie.There was a lesson in this movie from what I can remember.I can't wait to see it again one day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film starring Colin Farrell was doomed from the start with a rather fixed plot. The entire plot is fixed around the phone booth where Farrell's character is held hostage by a psychotic sniper. Sub-plots are therefore brought to the location of the phone booth to keep the story interesting. Although Farrell's acting is great, the story has many holes and many of the characters are less than believable. Altogether dissapointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All this time watching a guy in a phone booth. I'd like my hour and 21 minutes and rental fee back. Pass this one up, it ain't worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so tedious and painful that I spent the entire time hoping the guy would get shot soon--or that I would get shot to end the pain and suffering. The entire plot really only takes about 30 minutes, with a bunch of boring junk filling the remaining time. This one goes on my list of 10 worst movies I've seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Taught and tense, it really kept my attention. You could not predict what was going to happen next. The concept was intriguing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE AND INTERESTING MOVIES I HAVE EVER WATCHED, ITS NOT TOO PREDICTABLE OR BORING, DESPITE THAT %80 OF THE MOVIE IS SET IN A PHONE BOOTH. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE IT, I'M SURE YOU WON'T BE DISAPOINTED.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Man. I'm still shaking from watching Phone Booth. This film is gripping, intense, and at times, scary. I'm not kidding. This is without a doubt Colin Farrell's best performance yet, and Kiefer Sutherland was a perfect choice for the sniper. You want suspense??!! Go see Phone Booth now! By the way, I love thrillers in which the villain toys with the main character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Colin Farrell is once again featured in a top box-office hit. This movie about a pushy publicist named Stu whose life is changed around with one phone call delivers plenty of suspense but only focuses on dialog and close up camera shots of Farrell's face. An overall good movie with a splendidly surprising ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really really liked this movie.It kept my eyes on the screen the whole time!I liked the whole idea of the movie and I think Colin Farrell is a gr8 actor.It was cool to see Stu(colin's character)act all cool and swift one minute and begging for his life the next minute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Phone Booth was a great movie! It was nothing like I expected, but that's part of what made it so great! I saw this movie after seeing the show 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland, so I was used to him being a certain way, but in this movie he was the psycho serial killer guy, and he was still really great!!! He is a really great actor, and Collin Farrell did a pretty good job, too! I HIGHLY recommend this movie!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's excellent! Keeps you glued to your site! Colin Farrell delivers a spectacular performance!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
greatly acted by colin and well thought out its nice to see a panicly overacted screenplay toned down by the realness of his emotions
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