History Film / PhoneBooth

17th May '17 2:57:12 PM Naram-Sin
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Although the project had been in DevelopmentHell long before that, the final film (which started production around 2000) heavily references the 1999 shooting of Amadou Diallo in New York City, with the Caller bringing up the exact number of bullets being fired on Diallo while accussing the NYPD of being trigger-happy, and Stu saving an African immigrant from being gunned down by the Caller.
21st Mar '17 10:37:06 AM Xzenu
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* AllCrimesAreEqual: Planned adultery being lumped in with child pornography and corrupt business deals. Then again, Stu is given a lot more chances for redemption than the other two seemed to get.

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* AllCrimesAreEqual: Planned The Caller lumps Stu's potential planned adultery being lumped in with the child pornography and corrupt business deals. Then again, Stu is given a lot more chances for redemption than the other two seemed deals of [[UnreliableNarrator alledged]] former victims. The Caller uses this as one of his methods to get.torment and humiliate Stu.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The Caller mentions two targets before Stu. The first was a [[PaedoHunt child pornographer]]. The second was a CorruptCorporateExecutive who bankrupted people in his own get rich quick scheme. Stu's crime? Being generally dishonest (but he's a publicist!), a {{Jerkass}}, and flirting with a girl who's not his wife. (See DisproportionateRetribution below)
* AssholeVictim: The Caller's previous victims, and Stu himself (at least in the Caller's opinion). [[spoiler:The pimp]] wasn't exactly a saint either as he attacked Stu with a baseball bat with little provocation, and probably would've acted exactly the same to Stu even if Stu had been polite to him.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The Caller mentions two targets before Stu. The He [[UnreliableNarrator claims]] that the first was a [[PaedoHunt child pornographer]]. The pornographer]] and that the second was a CorruptCorporateExecutive who bankrupted people in his own get rich quick scheme. Stu's crime? Being generally dishonest (but he's a publicist!), a {{Jerkass}}, and flirting with a girl who's not his wife. (See DisproportionateRetribution below)
* AssholeVictim: The Caller's previous victims, victims ([[UnreliableNarrator according to the caller]]), and Stu himself (at least in the Caller's opinion). [[spoiler:The pimp]] wasn't exactly a saint either as he attacked Stu with a baseball bat with little provocation, and probably would've acted exactly the same to Stu even if Stu had been polite to him.



* BlackAndGrayMorality: Stu is not that good a person, since he's a jerk and a dishonest man cheating on his wife behind her back. The Caller is miles worse, since he targets not only {{Asshole Victim}}s he thinks deserve to die, but also kills people who don't deserve it at all, like [[spoiler:Leon and the pizza guy]], and even threatens to murder Stu's wife. And as much of a jerk as Stu is, getting shot to death in the middle of the street for cheating on his wife is a very disproportionate punishment.

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: The situation is portrayed this way by The Caller. Stu is not that good portrayed as a bad person, since he's a jerk and a dishonest man cheating on his wife behind her back. The Caller is miles worse, since he targets not only {{Asshole Victim}}s he thinks deserve to die, but also kills people who don't deserve it at all, like [[spoiler:Leon and the pizza guy]], and even threatens to murder Stu's wife. And as much of a jerk as Stu is, getting shot to death in the middle of the street for cheating on his wife is a very disproportionate punishment. Note that we the audience know nothing about Stu except what The Caller tells is about him and how he behaves in a situation that very few people would be able to handle in a way that make them look nice.



* BreakTheHaughty: The whole point of the film.

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* BreakTheHaughty: The whole point A main theme of the film.



** The Sniper calls [[spoiler:Kelly at one point. As he isn't using the hard-to-trace phone (he is currently on it with Stu) the police have an easier time tracking the line to his location]].

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** The Sniper Caller calls [[spoiler:Kelly at one point. As he isn't using the hard-to-trace phone (he is currently on it with Stu) the police have an easier time tracking the line to his location]].



* PaedoHunt: Before Stu, one of the Caller's targets was a child pornographer.

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* PaedoHunt: Invoked. Before Stu, one of the Caller's targets was a child pornographer.pornographer. [[UnreliableNarrator At least according to the Caller]].



* ShellShockedVeteran: Played with and subverted. The Caller pretends to be suffering from PTSD from his experiences as a rifleman in TheVietnamWar. When Stu tries to use this to calm him down, he just laughs and admits he made the whole thing up, and points out how old he'd have to be to be a Vietnam veteran.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Played with and subverted. The Caller [[UnreliableNarrator pretends to be suffering from PTSD PTSD]] from his experiences as a rifleman in TheVietnamWar. When Stu tries to use this to calm him down, he just laughs and admits he made the whole thing up, and points out how old he'd have to be to be a Vietnam veteran.



* VillainousBreakdown: The caller fakes one for a few minutes when Stu won't speak to him.

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* UnreliableNarrator: Stu gets most of his information from the Caller, who is proven again and again to be a liar.
* VillainousBreakdown: The caller fakes one for a few minutes when Stu won't speak to him.him, [[UnreliableNarrator making up a story about having lived through horrible childhood trauma]].
17th Dec '16 2:39:25 PM eroock
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* MoodLighting: The whole film has a very obvious blue sheen to it. This was probably meant in part to hide the aforementioned CaliforniaDoubling (see above).


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* UnnaturallyBlueLighting: The whole film has a very obvious blue sheen to it. This was probably meant in part to hide the aforementioned CaliforniaDoubling (see above).
7th Dec '16 3:55:02 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Shot on the only street in Los Angeles which could pass for Manhattan. Though the effect is blown in long shots, when you can see the skyscrapers ending after a few blocks. Also, given the address where the phone booth supposedly is, he should be basically across the street from Studio 54.
17th Nov '16 1:04:46 AM CumbersomeTercel
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''Phone Booth'' is a 2002 suspense film directed by Creator/JoelSchumacher about a publicist, Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), who finds himself held hostage in a phone booth in full view of the New York City public by a sniper (voiced by Creator/KieferSutherland) who has uncovered him plotting an affair with Pamela [=McFadden=] (Katie Holmes), and wants him to change his ways. To prove his seriousness, the voice on the other end snipes a bystander who's hassling Stu to get out of the booth.

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''Phone Booth'' is a 2002 suspense film directed by Creator/JoelSchumacher about a publicist, Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell), (Creator/ColinFarrell), who finds himself held hostage in a phone booth in full view of the New York City public by a sniper (voiced by Creator/KieferSutherland) who has uncovered him plotting an affair with Pamela [=McFadden=] (Katie Holmes), and wants him to change his ways. To prove his seriousness, the voice on the other end snipes a bystander who's hassling Stu to get out of the booth.
5th Oct '16 9:17:42 PM CheeseDogX
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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: They went out of their way NOT to acknowledge that Kiefer Sutherland is the Caller, but when the movie came out to video and DVD, they slapped the actor's face and name on the cover front and center. This was probably due to his role on ''Series/TwentyFour'' both times.

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: They went out of their way NOT to acknowledge that Kiefer Sutherland is the Caller, but when the movie came out to video and DVD, they slapped the actor's face and name on the cover front and center. This was probably due to his role on ''Series/TwentyFour'' both times. Though Sutherland has such a distinctive voice, it seems like a moot point.
26th Jul '16 2:52:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The Sniper knows every trick in the hostage taking book.
26th Feb '16 5:12:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Averted. They went out of their way NOT to acknowledge that Kiefer Sutherland is the Caller, but when the movie came out to video and DVD, they slapped the actor's face and name on the cover front and center. This was probably due to his role on ''Series/TwentyFour'' both times.
** At the same time, it was pretty hard to hide who was playing the Caller in any case, as Kiefer Sutherland has a very distinctive voice.
** Still, having the obvious villain's face on the cover in a film where the major fake-out is that the killer is staged is kind of a giveaway.

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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Averted. They went out of their way NOT to acknowledge that Kiefer Sutherland is the Caller, but when the movie came out to video and DVD, they slapped the actor's face and name on the cover front and center. This was probably due to his role on ''Series/TwentyFour'' both times.
** At the same time, it was pretty hard to hide who was playing the Caller in any case, as Kiefer Sutherland has a very distinctive voice.
** Still, having the obvious villain's face on the cover in a film where the major fake-out is that the killer is staged is kind of a giveaway.
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24th Jan '16 8:51:08 AM foxfireman
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-->'''The Sniper:''' You know like in the movies just as the good guy is about to kill the bad guy, he cocks his gun. Now why didn't he have it cocked? [[RuleOfScary Because that sound is scary.]]

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-->'''The Sniper:''' Doesn't that just torque your jaws. I love that. You know like in the movies just as the good guy is about to kill the bad guy, he cocks his gun. Now why didn't he have it cocked? [[RuleOfScary Because that sound is scary.]]
4th Jan '16 4:29:44 AM Folamh3
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* WeddingRingRemoval: Stu takes off his wedding ring just before calling Pam, who he intends to have an affair with. He puts it back on near the end of the film.
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