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Phone Booth (film) – Wikipedia

2002 thriller film

Phone Booth is a 2002 American psychological thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by David Zucker and Gil Netter, written by Larry Cohen and starring Colin Farrell, Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell, and Kiefer Sutherland. In the film, a malevolent hidden sniper calls a phone booth, and when a young publicist inside answers the phone, he quickly finds his life is at risk. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and was a box office hit, grossing $97 million worldwide against a production budget of $13 million.

The film was premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, & was phối mập be theatrically released in November 2002, but the D.C. xạ thủ attacks in October 2002 prompted đôi mươi th Century Fox phệ delay the release of the film, và it opened in the United States on April bốn, 2003 .


Stuart Shepard is an arrogant & dishonest New York City publicist who has been having an affair with Pamela McFadden behind the back of his wife Kelly. While in Times Square, Stuart uses a public Daphne From Bridgerton
booth Khủng tương tác Pam, allowing him lớn avoid detection by Kelly. During the Call, he is interrupted by a pizza delivery man who attempts phệ deliver a không lấy phí pizza mập him, but Stuart aggressively turns him away. As soon as Stuart completes his gọi, the phone rings. Stuart answers ; a man on the other kết thúc, who knows his name, warns him not Khủng leave the booth, threatening phệ tell Kelly about Pam .The caller tells Stuart that he has tested two previous individuals who have done wrong deeds in a similar manner, giving each a chance mập reveal the truth béo those they wronged, but in both cases they refused & were killed. Stuart must confess his feelings lớn both Kelly và Pam phệ avoid the same fate. To demonstrate the threat, the caller fires a suppressed xạ thủ rifle with pinpoint accuracy. The caller then contacts Pam và connects her mập Stuart, who admits that he is married .The booth is approached by three sex workers demanding lớn use the phone, but Stuart refuses mập leave, without revealing his dilemma. Leon, a pimp, breaks the glass side of the booth, grabs Stuart & pummels him while the sex workers cheer. The caller offers mập ” make him stop ” và in Stuart’s confusion, he inadvertently asks for this ; the caller shoots Leon chết. The sex workers immediately blame Stuart, accusing him of having a gun, as the police & news crews converge on the location .NYPD Captain Ed Ramey seals off the area và negotiates lớn make Stuart leave the booth, but he refuses. Stuart tells the caller that there is no way they can incriminate him, but the caller draws his attention Khủng a handgun planted in the roof of the phone booth. As Kelly and Pam both arrive on the scene, the caller demands that Stuart tell Kelly the truth, which he does. The caller then orders Stuart Khủng choose between Kelly & Pam, và the woman he does not choose will be shot .Stuart secretly uses his cell phone Khủng Call Kelly, allowing her Khủng overhear his conversation with the caller ; she quietly informs Ramey of this. Meanwhile, Stuart continues Khủng confess lớn everyone that his whole life is a lie, mập make himself look better than he really is. Stuart’s confession provides sufficient distraction lớn allow the police Khủng trace the payphone gọi Khủng a nearby building. Stuart warns the caller that the police are on the way, & the caller replies that if he is caught, he will kill Kelly. Desperate, Stuart grabs the handgun & leaves the booth, begging for the xạ thủ bự kill him instead. The police fire upon Stuart, while an armed tactical đội breaks into the room that the caller was tracked lớn, only bự find a rifle và a man’s corpse .Stuart regains consciousness ; the police fired only rubber bullets, stunning but not harming him. Stuart và Kelly happily reconcile. As the police bring xuống dốc the body toàn thân, Stuart identifies it as the pizza delivery man from earlier. Stuart gets medical treatment at a local ambulance ; as he does, the real caller passes by, warning Stuart that if his newfound honesty does not last, he will return, before disappearing into the crowd. Later, the pay phone rings & another man answers .




In the 1960 s, Larry Cohen pitched Alfred Hitchcock an idea for a film which took place in real phút giây, entirely within the confines of a telephone booth. Hitchcock liked the idea, but the project did not move forward, because the two men were unable lớn devise a plot which explained why the action had béo be restricted béo the one location. [ 2 ] Cohen recalled that Hitchcock would ask him if he had a solution phệ the problem when they periodically met kết thúc the following years, but was not until the late 1990 s, some two decades after Hitchcock’s death, when he came up with the answer of a xạ thủ forcing the protagonist béo remain within the phone booth, & was able béo write a script. [ 2 ]Creative Artists Agency signed a contract with Cohen và the script appealed béo several A-list actors, such as Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Mel Gibson, Robin Williams, Anthony Hopkins, và Nicolas Cage ; directors placed in contention included Gibson, Steven Spielberg, the Hughes brothers, & Michael Bay. According lớn Cohen, Bay was removed from consideration after the first question he asked about the script was, ” OK, how bởi vì we get this thing out of the damn telephone booth ? ” [ 2 ] Eventually, Joel Schumacher, who had been considered early in development, was brought back on béo direct the film. Jim Carrey was originally cast as Stu Shepard, but he dropped out. Schumacher said : ” We were going Khủng shoot it that summer & he was fitted for the suit. But I got a Điện thoại tư vấn from Jim one night và told me he had cold feet. He really didn’t feel comfortable with it. Actors chưa bao giờ give up their role. If an actor gives up a part then it’s not right for them. ” [ ba ]


The principal photography on the film was completed in ten days, with an additional two days of establishing shots, pickups, & re-shoots. This accelerated filming schedule was aided by the adoption of French hours, a work schedule that skips the typical one-hour production shutdown for lunch break, in exchange for making food available all throughout the shooting day. [ bốn ]

This was costume designer Daniel Orlandi’s second feature with Joel Schumacher, having previously worked together on Flawless. According to him, Dolce & Gabbana created the suit and shirt worn by Colin Farrell. Though the fashion house was tasked with making additional suit copies for filming, they unfortunately would not arrive until the last day of shooting. Thankfully, the film was shot chronologically and thus the costume could sustain damage without slowing down production. Orlandi was able to keep one of the suit copies for himself as he and Farrell were the same size.[5]

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. Like 24, it also uses split screens. Although the film is set in New York City, it was filmed in front of what is now the CB1 Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, in November 2000. This is made evident by the LACMTA buses periodically driving by.[original research?] The exact location of the phone booth in the film is the corner of West 5th Street and Frank Court, given away by the black gate in the background.



The film premiered on September 10, 2002, at the Toronto International Film Festival. [ 6 ] It was originally due bự be released in the United States on November 15 of that year. However, in October 2002, the Beltway xạ thủ attacks occurred in the Washington, D.C., area, prompting trăng tròn th Century Fox béo delay the release of the film mập April 5, 2003. [ 7 ]

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It was released on VHS and DVD on July 8, 2003.[citation needed]


Box office[edit]

The film grossed $ 46.5 million in the United States và $ 51.3 million internationally for a total gross of $ 97.8 million, from a $ 13 million production budget. [ một ]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 72% based on 188 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website’s critical consensus reads: “Quick pacing and Farrell’s performance help make Phone Booth a tense nail-biter.”[8] At Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[9] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “C+” on scale of A+ to F.[10]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars, and said of Sutherland’s performance, “if the voice doesn’t work, neither does the movie. It does.”[11] Todd McCarthy of Variety magazine criticized the film for not having enough material even for its relatively short length, and wrote: “Gussied up with a host of filmmaking tricks in an attempt to keep things lively, this intensely acted little exercise just doesn’t have enough going for it, with the exception of gradually growing interest in lead Colin Farrell.”[12]


A stage adaptation of the film was performed June 7 – 22, 2019, at PULP Black Box theatre in Atlanta. [ 13 ]

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