The phone booth is a confessional, the sniper is very god-like, and the story is about judgment confession and redemption.


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Directed by Joel Schumacher
Screenplay by Larry Cohen

Colin Farrell .... Stu Shepard
Kiefer Sutherland .... The Caller
Forest Whitaker .... Capt. Ramey
Radha Mitchell .... Kelly Shepard
Katie Holmes .... Pamela McFadden
Paula Jai Parker .... Felicia
Arian Waring Ash .... Corky (as Arian Ash)
Tia Texada .... Asia
John Enos ..... Leon
Richard T. Jones .... Sergeant Cole
Keith Nobbs .... Adam
Dell Yount .... Pizza Guy
James MacDonald .... Negotiator
Josh Pais .... Mario

Produced by
Ted Kurdyla .... executive producer
Gil Netter .... producer
Eli Richbourg .... associate producer
David Zucker .... producer

Original Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography by Matthew Libatique
Film Editing by Mark Stevens

MPAA: Rated R for pervasive language and some violence.
Runtime: 81 min / Canada:80 min (Toronto Film Festival) / USA:118 min / USA:90 min

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1. First Call ListenMusic ListenMusic 2. Trapped ListenMusic ListenMusic 3. Nypd ListenMusic ListenMusic 4. Rifle, The ListenMusic ListenMusic 5. Confession ListenMusic ListenMusic 6. Times Square 7. Stu's Secret 8. Publicist Talk 9. Last Booth in NYC 10. It's Me You Want 11. Center of Attention 12. Telephone Users 13. Is He Coming Out? 14. Phone vs. Gun 15. Just Say the Word 16. It Could Be Anyone

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Click to enlargeA phone call can change your life, but for one man it can also end it. Set entirely within and around the confines of a New York City phone booth, PHONE BOOTH follows Stu Sheperd (Colin Farrell), a low-rent media consultant who is trapped after being told by a caller – a serial killer with a sniper rifle – that he'll be shot dead if he hangs up.

What do you do when you hear a ringing public phone? You know it’s a wrong number, but instinct forces you to pick it up. A ringing phone demands to be answered, but when Stu Shepard takes the call, he finds himself hurtled into a tortuous game. Hang up, says the caller (Kiefer Sutherland), and Stu’s a dead man.

A sudden and shocking act of violence near the booth draws the attention of the police, who arrive backed with a small army of sharpshooters. They believe that Stu, not the unseen caller of whom they remain unaware, is the dangerous man with a gun.

The senior officer on the scene, Captain Ramey (Forest Whitaker), tries to talk Stu out of the booth. But unbeknownst to Ramey, his team, the media circus that has flocked to the site – and Stu’s wife, Kelly, and his client /prospective girlfriend, Pamela – the caller has them all in his high-powered rifle sights.

As afternoon turns into evening, Stu, the embodiment of an unethical, self-serving existence, must now undertake a sudden and unexpected moral evolution. He is emotionally stripped naked by the caller. Stu’s lies, half-truths, and obfuscation no longer matter. Instead, he must dig deep into his soul, find his strength and attempt to outwit the caller, taking the game to an even more dangerous level.

Fox 2000 Pictures presents a Zucker/Netter production, a Joel Schumacher film, starring Colin Farrell in PHONE BOOTH, also starring Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Radha Mitchell and Kiefer Sutherland. The film is directed by Joel Schumacher, written by Larry Cohen, and produced by Gil Netter and David Zucker. The executive producer is Ted Kurdyla. The director of photography is Matthew Libatique, ASC, the production designer is Andrew Laws, the film editor is Mark Stevens, and the costume designer is Daniel Orlandi. Music is composed by Harry Gregson-Williams.

Not since Daredevil has there been a film with so much spiritual symbolism in it. We are introduced to Stu Shepard, a fast talking hustler, who is cheating in his wife. In the midst of the inner-city of New York across the street from a topless joint (symbol of the fallen world) the telephone rings. Stu answers thinking that it is his girlfriend. It is his judgment call. On the other side of the line is a sniper who tells Stu his number is up, and if he values his life he better not hang up.
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The phone booth now serves as a confessional. The sniper being perched high up in a skyscraper is very godlike. This is a story about judgment, confession and redemption.
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One very interesting item is the sign in back of the telephone booth with huge words reading, "Who do you think you are?" For the remainder of the film Stu enters a course of self discovery. Also, note the God point of view in the above picture.
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And if the first sign isn't enough, there is an ad for "penance" perfume plastered on a wall to the side of the phone booth. Penance is "making payment" for past sins. The sniper wants Stu to call his wife and confess his unfaithfulness --doing penance. Reaping and sowing.
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In the Bible the Last Judgment is public, in front of all creation. The news media makes Stu's confession a public event. Note the many television broadcasts of the event in the above picture.
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SPOILER: In the ending scenes Stu comes out of the phone booth and takes a crucified position. He is shot "dead" by the police. And, as you might guess, has a resurrection to new life in his wife's arms. Heart felt confession brings new life --could any film be more dead-on with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

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