Phone Booth (Blu-ray)

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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 a self-centered New York City publicist forced to match wits with a psychotic sniper in this groundbreaking suspense thriller directed by Joel Schumacher.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203406907
UPC 024543414520
UPC 14 00024543414520
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/2/2012
Rating Rating
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Joel Schumacher (8 MM, FALLING DOWN) directs this suspense drama set in New York City's Times Square. A wannabe hotshot entertainment publicist who's more intent on posturing for his unpaid assistant than he is in actually working, Stu Shepherd (Colin Farrell) ducks into a phone booth to make his regular afternoon call to his girlfriend (Katie Holmes). Stu stops in the same phone booth at the same time every day to flirt with the young girl, who does not know that Stu is happily married with no intention of dating her seriously. When Stu says goodbye to his girl and sets down the receiver, he picks up a call from a threateningly sarcastic man with a deep voice. This man seems to have been tracking Stu's visits to this booth every day, and suddenly Stu knows that his secrets are no longer his own. Soon, the caller identifies himself as a sniper and begins shooting. Police are called in, and Stu must use his PR skills in a final test to get out of the booth, alive. This compelling drama, expertly crafted for maximum tension, will keep audiences nervously awaiting its outcome, unable to look away from the screen for even a moment.
Entertainment Weekly "...Schumacher keeps his camera in a state of high agitation, bumping and swirling around the spectacle of Farrell's motor-mouth frenzy..." 04/11/2003 p.52-3
Rolling Stone "...Director Joel Schumacher, with the help of the gifted cinematographer Matthew Libatique makes a tight, tense job of it....Farrell is a dynamo..." 04/17/2003 p.111
Total Film "...[Farrell] makes lowlife media pimp Stu Shepard his own....A high velocity thriller..." 05/01/2003 p.100
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Farrell] shows energy and intensity?" 04/04/2003 p.29
Joel Schumacher
Colin Farrell
Forest Whitaker
Cast & Crew
Colin Farrell - Actor
David Zucker - Producer
Forest Whitaker - Actor
Harry Gregson-Williams - Original Music By
Joel Schumacher - Director
John Enos, III - Actor
Katie Holmes - Actor
Kiefer Sutherland - Actor
Larry Cohen - Writer
Mark Stevens - Editor
Martin Whist - Art Director
Matthew Libatique - Cinematographer
Paula Jai Parker - Actor
Radha Mitchell - Actor
Richard T. Jones - Actor
Ted Kurdyla - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Catalog ID 2241452
UPC 00024543414520
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Nominee (2004) Image Award, Forest Whitaker, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture,MTV Award, Kiefer Sutherland, Best Villain
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Phone Booth became one of a number of post-9/11 films to fall victim to an increasing reluctance on the part of motion picture studios to release movies where on-screen events echo real-world tragedies...The result makes for a pleasant early-year surprise...Obviously, with a phone booth, there is claustrophobia. In addition, for most of the film, the villain is faceless - a cold, menacing voice on the other end of a phone line, playing at being God. Give Kiefer Sutherland credit for doing as much as he does with limited opportunities. Like in Steven Spielberg's Duel or John Dahl's Joy Ride, we are confronted with an implacable enemy. As time wears on, Stuart finds his range of options increasingly limited. He's a pawn in a one-sided game that may only end with his death. Phone Booth makes us care whether or not this happens.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Phone Booth" is a religious fable, a show biz fable, or both. It involves a fast-talking, two-timing broadway press agent who is using the last phone booth in Manhattan (at 53rd and 8th) when he's pinned down by a sniper. The shooter seems to represent either God, demanding a confession of sins, or the filmmakers, having their revenge on publicists...The movie is essentially a morality play, and it's not a surprise to learn that Larry Cohen, the writer, came up with the idea 20 years ago--when there were still phone booths and morality plays...For the voice of his sniper, he calls on Kiefer Sutherland, who also starred in Schumacher's "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Flatliners" (1990) and "A Time to Kill" (1996) and here takes the mostly (but not quite entirely) invisible role as a very useful favor to Schumacher--because if the voice doesn't work, neither does the movie. It does.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Farrell,Colin
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Jeffrey Anderson, San Francisco Examiner ...Farrell keeps up a kind of frenzied panic for the entire film...I'm not certain of his future as a Great Movie Star, but...he's off to a tremendous start.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Farrell is a dynamo...Sutherland, whose sniper role is essentially a voice on the phone, matches Farrell subtle shift for subtle shift.
Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News A tense, thought-provoking drama.
Stephen Hunter, The Washington Post ...82 New York minutes long, all of them exciting.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe Short, suspenseful, funny, and profane, the film's a throwback to the neat little B-level thrillers the entertainment industry used to crank out...

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