Phone Booth

Phone Booth

Joel Schumacher (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Reuniting the Tigerland team of director Joel Schumacher and star Colin Farrell, this lean, innovative thriller has a compelling premise, but is too gimmicky to maintain its grip until the end. Farrell plays an arrogant publicist who is trapped in a New York phone booth by an unseen sniper, apparently as retribution for attempting to start an affair with a client (Katie Holmes). The psychological warfare waged on Farrell by "The Caller" - voiced with malevolence by Kiefer Sutherland - carries a suspenseful charge, which is aided by Schumacher's use of techniques such as real time and split screen that was used well in Sutherland's own TV series 24. Although the two central performances are credible, Larry Cohen's script eventually resorts to melodrama, with the arrival of amiable cop Forest Whitaker and the media dissipating much of the tension. However, despite a less than satisfying final act, this still pushes plenty of the right buttons.


A smart-mouthed PR executive answers a public phone and the caller on the other end warns him that if he hangs up he will be shot. The unseen gunman then puts his target through a tortuous series of mind games, as well as incriminating him in the death of a bystander. Psychological thriller, starring Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Katie Holmes and Forest Whitaker.

Cast & Crew

Stu Shepard Colin Farrell
The Caller Kiefer Sutherland
Capt Ramey Forest Whitaker
Kelly Shepard Radha Mitchell
Pamela McFadden Katie Holmes
Sgt Cole Richard T Jones
Leon John Enos
Negotiator James MacDonald
Mario Josh Pais
Felicia Paula Jai Parker
Director Joel Schumacher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray