Phone Booth details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Forest Whitaker, Katie Holmes, Richard T. Jones, John Enos, Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Radha Mitchell|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collection:||100 Top Thrillers, Date with Destiny, Edge of Your Seat, Haven't Seen That in Ages!, Holiday Treats, Holiday Viewing, Just Arrived, March Picks|
|1hr 17 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 17 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Good execution doesn't rescue Phone Booth from narrow grooveBy a customer from Thames , 09 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]A one-concept movie, executed pretty well. Farrell plays the smug-git-turns-pants-wetter PR professional, and does it with style. Kiefer Sutherland's presence is peripheral but high impact. Neither woman is memorable.
Phone Booth manages various plot twists & turns, and attempts a classic sting at the end, but doesn't quite manage it. If you're curious, rent it. If you're looking for a real classic with an unforgettable ending, go for Sixth Sense or Fight Club instead.
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Phone BoothBy Greenfingersjake (131 reviews) from Milton Keynes , 31 Jul 2011Joel 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
Something missing.....By vanilla_quiff (284 reviews) from Gatwick, England , 21 Jun 2011Was a good film.
Not a hell of a lot to shout about - something missing, but what WAS it?.............
did you order a pizzaBy mcduff (4 reviews) from Wisbech , 12 May 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideits all about tension. have the cops the brains to understand why he won't leave the phonebooth. being cornered by a psyco with a rifle would make anyone wish they had been kinder to people,thankfully there's not to many of them about,(phonebooths as well).can't understand how so many people can walk through a crimescene at the end,but hey,thats hollywood!
Nonsense, but funBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 26 Mar 2011Trivia says producer Cohen suggested a movie made in a phone box to Hitchcock in the 1960's but they couldn't come up with a suitable story. Perhaps the idea should have stayed dropped because this movie does not really hang together. That said, we have a showy piece of acting from Colin Farrell and compelling real time direction from Mr Schumacher which keeps you watching. What the moralist sniper is about goodness knows. Never mind, it makes for short, sharp entertainment.
Remarkable Thriller..By Jibbet10 (52 reviews) from Chippenham , 14 Mar 2011So I saw this film on Channel 5 last night called 'Phone Booth'. I've seen this film many a time and, despite it literally being set in one single location, I never find myself getting bored of it. Colin Farrelll's performance is exceedingly arrogant and shovenistic towards the beginning but becomes hugel emotional as the film progresses, showing the diversity that Farrell can bring to any film. It's astonishing that Joel Schumacher managed to bring us such a captivating movie when the events unfolded in one single setting. In this way the film was a breath of fresh air to the 'hostage' genre of film. With previous films in this sub-type such as 'The Negotiator' and 'Speed' we feel a great tension building during the hostage scenes but when it breaks away to show some fairly pointless footage of the hostage taker or the police doing their work you lose the sense of empathy to those who have bee taken prisoner. By sticking solely to Farrell's character in this film, Schumacher enabled us to empathise during every second. This made Farrell's tearful scenes that much more emotional. I think the single location however was the reason for the short length on this film (81 minutes), which meant we were not beginning to be bored by the end.
What a good call the casting of Forest Whitaker was as Captain Ed Ramey. I seem to recall that, when I first watched this film, it was the first major role I had seen him in. I'd noticed his fleeting appearance in 'Platoon' but to me, 'Phone Booth' was the film that catapulted his career to where it is today. He was so genuine in the role. Now I'd be the first to admit that I'm a huge fan of Denzel Washington, but there was something about the role that actors such as this couldn't have pulled of. Whitaker was by far the right man for the job. This film was the film that tranformed me into a Forest Whitaker fan, simple as that.
I've never had a conversation in which somebody has said they dislike this film. It appeals to everyone and it is a British television favourite because it's a film that people can just sit and watch. They may not plan to watch it but when they see it on the TV guide it just leaps off the page.
Would I recommend it? Why haven't you seen it already?
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