In 1988, Whitaker was named Best Actor at The Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of jazz legend Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwoods Bird, a role for which he also received a Golden-Globe nomination. Whitaker earned widespread recognition for his performance as Judy, the hostage British soldier in Neil Jordans Academy-Award winning film The Crying Game. On television, Whitaker garnered a CableAce Award nomination for his performance in the Showtime original film Last Light, directed by Kiefer Sutherland. He also starred in the HB0 presentation Criminal Justice, for which he earned a CableAce Award nomination, and The Enemy Within, for which Whitaker received a Screen Actors Guild nomination. Whitaker also executive produced Anne Rices Feast of All Saints for Showtime. His other credits include Witness Protection for HBO, Light It Up, Phenomenon, opposite John Travolta, Species, Smoke, Robert Altmans Ready to Wear, Jasons Lyric, Platoon, Good Morning Vietnam, Consenting Adults, Stakeout, The Color of Money, Johnny Handsome, Downtown, Diary of a Hit Man, Body Snatchers, Vision Quest and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Whitaker made his feature film directing debut with the critically acclaimed, box-office hit Waiting to Exhale for Twentieth Century Fox, starring Angela Bassett, Whitney Houston, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine. He first gained recognition as a director for his debut film, the 1993 HBO original Strapped, for which he received Best New Director honors at the Toronto Film Festival. His last film was the Twentieth Century Fox film Hope Floats, starring Sandra Bullock.
Whitakers multimedia company, Spirit Dance Entertainment, includes film, television and music production. Spirit Dance Entertainment is both US based and UK based. Spirit Dance in London, SD4UK, works with FilmFour mentoring black and Asian filmmakers. Whitaker will direct and produce feature films under the companys first-look deal with Twentieth Century Fox. They also have a first look deal with HBO for television films. Whitaker works closely with a number of charitable organizations. He serves as an Honorary Board Member for Penny Lane, an organization that provides assistance to abused teenagers. He is also involved with 4-D All-Stars, a motivational mentor program for teenagers as well as The Watts Cinema Project.
KATIE HOLMES ( Pamela McFadden) was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She began acting in high school theater productions but didn't believe she had a chance at a professional acting career living in the Midwest. Fate intervened, and while attending a national modeling and talent convention in New York City, she met a manager who encouraged her to come to Los Angeles for television's pilot season. Holmes landed the part of "Joey" on the current WB hit "Dawson's Creek. Co- starring with James Van Der Beek, Joshua Jackson and Michelle Williams, the show gained much attention in its first season and was the highest rated show on the network. Shot on location in Wilmington, North Carolina, the show just began production on its fifth season.
Holmes recently wrapped production for the independent film Pieces of April starring opposite Sean Patrick Thomas, and on the film Singing Detectives opposite Mel Gibson and Ronert Downey Jr. She was recently seen in Sam Raimis The Gift opposite Cate Blanchet, Keanu Reeves, Greg Kinnear and Hillary Swank, and in Curtis Hansons Wonder Boys opposite Michael Douglas, Frances McDormand, Robert Downey Jr. and Tobey Maguire. Holmes other feature films include Ang Lee's The Ice Storm, Doug Liman's Go, Kevin Williamson's Teaching Miss Tingle and the thriller Disturbing Behavior. Holmes will next be seen in the thriller Abandon in which she stars opposite Benjamin Bratt.
RADHA MITCHELL ( Kelly Shepard) is best known for her performances in "Pitch Black," "High Art," "Love & Other Catastrophes" as well as the Independent Spirit Award-winning film "Everything Put Together." Mitchell is currently filming Miramax's "Neverland," directed by Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball"), in which she plays Johnny Depp's wife. The film is the true story of author James M. Barrie's creation of "Peter Pan." FilmColony and Key Light Entertainment will produce. Mitchell recently completed production in Australia on director Richard Franklin's ("Brilliant Lies") "Visitors." In that film, Mitchell stars as Georgia Perry, the first woman to sail around the world by herself and due to her solitude, slowly lost her mind and believed she encountered "visitors" during her voyage. The film is being made by Bayside Pictures.
Her additional upcoming films include: Screen Gems' "Shearer's Breakfast" with Barry Watson, Josh Lukas and Kevin Anderson; the independent feature "I Fought the Law" opposite Kiefer Sutherland and Anthony LaPaglia; and "Nobody's Baby" with Gary Oldman and Skeet Ulrich, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Last year, Mitchell had a starring role alongside Hank Azaria, Leelee Sobieski and Donald Sutherland in director Jon Avnet's four-hour miniseries about Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto, "Uprising. Mitchell starred in the box-office hit "Pitch Black, opposite Vin Diesel and Cole Hauser. Her performance in "Everything Put Together," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000, garnered her rave reviews. The film, which, Mitchell also produced along with Sean Furst for director Marc Forster, was nominated for a 2001 Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Under $500,000. Mitchell gave a memorable performance as Syd, the young editorial assistant who falls in love with Ally Sheedy's heroine addicted photographer character, in Lisa Choldenko's critically acclaimed drama "High Art. Her role in Emma-Kate Croghan's romantic comedy "Love and Other Catastrophes" was highly praised at both Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. She can also be seen in "Cowboys and Angels," which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, opposite Mia Kirshner and Adam Trese.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Mitchell began her acting career while still in high school. She began her career working in Australian television, then films. Her first film to appear at the Sundance Film Festival was "The Sleeping Beauties." She currently resides in Los Angeles.
KIEFER SUTHERLAND (The Caller) currently stars in the critically acclaimed Fox drama, "24," for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series. The show will premiere its second season in October. Last year, Sutherland completed production on the Showtime film "Red Door," directed by Matia Karrell, and Paradise Found, directed by Mario Andreazcchio, in which he portrays the world famous post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin.
Upcoming, Sutherland appears in the World War II drama To End All Wars, based on the best-selling book, Through the Valley of the Kwai, which is an account of life as a POW in a Southeast Asian prison camp. The film also stars Robert Carlyle, Ciaran McMenarrin and Mark Strong and successfully screened at both the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals this year. He will also be seen in Dead Heat, directed by Mark Malone. In 1998, Sutherland starred in Showtimes critically-acclaimed original picture, "A Soldier's Sweetheart" with Skeet Ulrich and Georgina Cates, which premiered at the 1998 Toronto Film Festivals Gala Screening. In 1997, Sutherland co-starred with William Hurt and Rufus Sewell in "Dark City." Directed by Alex Proyas, "Dark City" was a special presentation at the Cannes Film Festival. Sutherland also added his second directorial credit and starred in "Truth or Consequences" alongside Kevin Pollak, Mykelti Williamson, Rod Steiger and Martin Sheen. In the 1996 thriller "Eye for an Eye," directed by John Schlesinger, Sutherland portrayed an unremorseful, brutal murderer opposite Sally Field and Ed Harris. Later that summer, he co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey in the screen adaptation of John Grisham's novel, "A Time to Kill."
In 1993, Sutherland starred in "The Three Musketeers," based on the classic tale by Alexandre Dumas. The same year, he made his directorial debut in the critically acclaimed Showtime film "Last Light," in which he also starred opposite Forest Whitaker. "Last Light" garnered some of the most glowing reviews that any cable production has received in a long time, especially for Sutherland's directing. Sutherland's first major role was in the Canadian drama "Bad Boy," which earned Sutherland and director Daniel Petrie, Genie award nominations for best actor and best director, respectively. Following his success in "The Bad Boy," Sutherland eventually moved to Los Angeles and landed television appearances in "The Mission," an episode of "Amazing Stories" and in the telefilm "Trapped in Silence" with Marsha Mason. In 1992, Sutherland starred opposite Ray Liotta and Forest Whitaker in "Article 99," and in the military drama "A Few Good Men," also starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. Later, in 1994, he starred with Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis in the American version of "The Vanishing" for Twentieth Century Fox.
Sutherland's other film credits include "Flatliners," "Chicago Joe and the Showgirl," "1969," "Flashback," "Young Guns," "Young Guns 2," "Bright Lights, Big City," "The Lost Boys," "Promised Land," "At Close Range," and "Stand By Me."
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Director JOEL SCHUMACHERs most recent feature was the critically acclaimed Tigerland, the story of an army boot camp where young men were systematically turned into killers and shipped off to the Vietnam conflict. The film starred Phone Booths Colin Farrell, who received best actor honors from the Boston Film Critics for his portrayal of a rebellious soldier who struggled against the system in an attempt to hold on to his humanity.
Schumachers features have displayed the filmmakers versatility and close attention to performance, nuance and atmosphere. St. Elmos Fire was an ensemble drama that made stars of such young players as Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy and Demi Moore; Lost Boys, starring Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, successfully combined fantastical imagery, comedy and very contemporary horror; Cousins was a tender romantic comedy starring Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini and Sean Young; Flatliners, toplining Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt, was a stylish, surrealistic story of science and spirituality; Dying Young reunited Schumacher and Julia Roberts in an unflinching love story; and Falling Down, starring Michael Douglas, was a gritty controversial and timely story of social disorder.
Schumachers two hit adaptations of John Grishams best-sellers have been hailed as the best of the authors work to be translated to film: The Client, starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones, and 1996s summer smash, A Time to Kill, which introduced Matthew McConaughey in a star-making role alongside such accomplished players as Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, Oliver Platt, Kiefer Sutherland, Brenda Fricker, Charles S. Dutton, Ashley Judd, Patrick McGoohan and Donald Sutherland.
Schumachers four films The Client, A Time to Kill, Batman Forever, and Batman and Robin each grossed in excess of $100 million with domestic audiences alone, and Batman Forever achieved the distinction of being the highest grossing film of 1995.
Schumacher was born and raised in New York City, where he studied design and display at the Parsons School of Design. He began his career in the entertainment industry as an art director for television commercials before becoming costume designer for such notable films as Woody Allens Sleepers and Interiors, Herbert Ross The Last of Sheila and Paul Mazurskys Blume in Love. He then wrote the screenplays for the Motown-inflected musical Sparkle and the funk-driven comedy Car Wash. Schumacher made his directing debut with the television movie The Virginia Hill Story, followed by his award-winning telefilm Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill. The Incredible Shrinking Woman, starring Lily Tomlin, marked his feature-film directing debut, followed by D.C. Cab, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Schumacher also wrote the script for St. Elmos Fire with Carl Kurlander. In 1988, Schumacher directed the successful Chicago theatrical run of David Mamets scorching Hollywood satire, Speed-the-Plow.
Schumacher has also directed a number of public service announcements for MTV's Emmy Award-winning Fight For Your Rights: Take a Stand Against Violence campaign and two series for their Protect Yourself safe-sex campaign with the Kaiser Family Foundation one urging young people to get tested, the other targeting at-risk minority youth.
LARRY COHEN (Writer) is well known in the motion picture industry in two complementary though diverse categories. He is one of the most accomplished auteurs of the contemporary independent film genre having written, directed and produced twenty movies, and has also had an enormously successful career as a mainstream screenwriter of major motion pictures and television.
A film aficionado since his elementary school days, Cohen rocketed to fame as a television writer while still in his late teens. While attending City College of New York, he wrote a classic episode, False Face of the horror anthology, Way Out, hosted by Roald Dahl. Later his talent was discovered by award winning writer Reginald Rose and he became a regular contributor to the prestigious award winning TV series, The Defenders, writing 13 episodes for which he was honored twice by the Television Academy. Cohen went on to write for such television series as The Fugitive, before creating the series The Invaders and Branded. He then became a sought after screenwriter, penning the sequel to the highly successful Magnificent Seven. In the early 70s, he enjoyed enormous success as a screenwriter of such films as Return of the Seven, which starred Yul Brynner, Daddys Gone A-Hunting, directed by Mark Robson, and El Condor, directed by John Guillermin and produced by Andre De Toth.
Cohen began to get restless, wanting to direct his own material, and he made his directorial debut with Bone. Following that he directed and produced a string of films he had also written, including the controversial political drama The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, with an all star cast including Oscar winners Broderick, Crawford, Dan Dailey and Jose Ferrer, God Told Me To, It Lives Again, The American Success Company (starring Jeff Bridges), Full Moon High (starring Alan and Adam Arkin), the satiric The Stuff, Its Alive, A Return To Salems Lot (which starred cult director Samuel Fuller and introduced a young Tara Reid), Wicked Stepmother (starring Bette Davis), and Ambulance (starring Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones and Oscar winner Red Buttons). His most recent directorial effort was Original Gangstas with Pam Grier. In the 70s and 80s, in addition to his film work, he also wrote the Broadway play Trick, starring Tammy Grimes, produced by Joshua Logan. Other stage plays include the British production of Motive, (with Honor Blackman) and the off-Broadway play, Nature of The Crime, with Tony LoBianco. Most recently he wrote and directed the stage play Fallen Eagle, for The Sandford Meisner Theatre Company in Los Angeles.
After almost twenty years of writing/directing and producing and becoming a well known cult figure in the world of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Cohen returned to his first love of screenwriting for both major television and films. During this period he penned some of the most acclaimed and provocative TV episodes of Columbo and more recently The New Defenders, Ed McBains 87th Precinct, NYPD Blue, the TV miniseries The Invaders and a remake of Body Snatchers. For the big screen, his credits include the acclaimed mystery/thriller Best Seller, starring Brian Dennehy and James Woods and Guilty As Sin, starring Rebecca De Mornay and directed by Sidney Lumet, a Touchstone release.
Over the years Cohen has amassed numerous awards and honors and retrospectives of his films throughout the world. He received the coveted Avoriaz Film Festival Jury Prize twice from juries headed by Polanski and Spielberg and last year was honored with a showing of ten films at the Stockholm Film Festival and with a similar tribute held at the Brisbane Film Festival in Australia. Joseph Papps New York Shakespeare Festival, billed its tribute to Cohen, Gods And Demons A Tribute To The Maverick Independent Filmmaker, honoring his films with a month-long retrospective, which followed a previous month-long tribute at the Chicago Art Institute entitled "Its a Bird, Its a Plane, Its Larry Cohen!"
DAVID ZUCKER (Producer) is a prominent filmmaker whose credits include such hits as Airplane, Ruthless People, Top Secret, and the Naked Gun movies, acting as writer/director/producer on some of the most successful and memorable films of recent years. After graduation form the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Zucker, his brother Jerry and school friend Jim Abrahams rented the back of a Madison bookstore and created their own comedy troupe, Kentucky Fried Theater, a multi-media show that combined live improvisations with videotaped and filmed sketches. In 1972, they moved to Los Angeles and opened a new Kentucky Fried Theater, which soon attracted critical acclaim and a devoted following. In five years, they performed to more than 150,000 patrons and became the most successful small theater group in Los Angeles history.
In 1977, the team of ZAZ released their first movie. Inspired by their stage show, Kentucky Fried Movie soon became a hit independent release. Their next project, Airplane! became the surprise hit of 1980, and launched the trio on a streak of successful movies and TV shows, including the Emmy-nominated Police Squad (1982), Top Secret (1984), and Ruthless People, one of the top grossing films of 1986. Zucker ventured out on his own with The Naked Gun (1988), his first directorial solo. Based on the ZAZ television series, Police Squad, with Leslie Nielsen reprising his role as Lt. Frank Drebin, The Naked Gun was a runaway hit. The l991 follow-up, The Naked Gun 2 ½ : The Smell of Fear, contained an environmental storyline and surpassed the original at the box office. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult remains one of the top ten box office hits of 1994. Zucker also found time to co-produce A Walk in the Clouds in 1995 starring Keanu Reeves, and High School High in 1997. After the completion of Phone Booth, Zucker is set to direct Ashton (Dude, Wheres My Car?) Kutcher in The Guest for Dimension and his recently completed script, F.B.I. Man 2001, for Fox 2000.
He is preparing a feature film biography on Davy Crockett, a subject hes held an avid interest in for many years, and which has spawned one of the largest collections of Davy Crockett memorabilia in the country.
GIL NETTER (Producer) is partnered with filmmaker David Zucker in Zucker-Netter Productions on Phone Booth. In a partnership with Wayne Rice, Netter produced the recently released Twentieth Century Fox comedy Dude, Wheres My Car? Directed by Danny Leiner, the film starred Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott. Netter was president of Zucker Brothers Productions for seven years, where he executive produced such films as My Best Friends Wedding, First Knight, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear, and Foxs A Walk in the Clouds. Netter began his career as a talent/literary agent for The Agency and later vice president of Imagine Entertainment. TED KURDYLA (Executive Producer) also served in this capacity on Joel Schumachers Tigerland, starring Colin Farrell. His credits as producer include Fallen, starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland, and directed by Gregory Hoblit; The Confession, starring Alec Baldwin, Ben Kingsely and Amy Irving, directed by David Jones; Final Analysis starring Richard Gere and Kim Basinger, directed by Phil Joanou; Cadillac Man starring Robin Williams and Tim Robbins, directed by Roger Donaldson; and Johnny Handsome starring Mickey Rourke and Ellen Barkin, directed by Walter Hill. For television, Kurdyla co-produced The Cosby Mysteries, and produced the telefilm Trapped starring Kris Kristofferson, Birds II: Lands End and Twilight Man starring Tim Matheson and Dean Stockwell. He also has worked as a production manager on films such as Once Upon a Time in America, Blow Out, Year of the Dragon and Batteries Not Included.
MATTHEW LIBATIQUE (Director of Photography) previously collaborated with director Joel Schumacher on the acclaimed New Regency drama Tigerland, released by Twentieth Century Fox. Libatique worked with independent filmmaker Darren Aronofsky on four shorts and two feature films. Their most recent effort is the provocative drama Requiem for a Dream, based on the novel by Hubert Selby, Jr. Their award-winning feature debut, Pi, was noted for, among other things, Libatiques severe back-and-white imagery. Libatique also shot Rob Schmidts dark, elegiac drama Saturn, as well as numerous music videos for artists such as Incubus, Snoop Dog, Moby and Barenaked Ladies. He most recently served as director of photography on Josie and the Pussycats for Universal Studios and directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan. #
ANDREW LAWS (Production Designer) has worked as a production designer and art director since leaving the field of architecture in 1995. Phone Booth is Laws third film and his second with director Joel Schumacher. Their last collaboration was New Regency Films Tigerland, released by Twentieth Century Fox. Previously, Laws designed the production for director Hampton Fanchers noir thriller The Minus Man. Laws credits as art director include Gone in 60 Seconds, directed by Dominic Sena and production designed by Jeff Mann; Simpatico, directed by Matthew Warchus and production designed by Amy B. Ancona; and Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson and production designed by David Wasco. As assistant art director, Laws collaborated with production designer David Wasco on Jackie Brown, Shes So Lovely and Touch, directed by Paul Schrader.
MARK STEVENS (Editor) previously worked with director Joel Schumacher as the editor of Tigerland, 8mm and Flawless, and working alongside Dennis Virkler on both Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Stevens also had a shared credit as editor on the thriller Chain Reaction. Stevens served as first assistant editor on such feature films as Hard to Kill, If Looks Could Kill, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Under Siege, The Fugitive, and On Deadly Ground. His television credits include the movies-of-the-week My Wicked, Wicked Ways, First Steps, Picking Up the Pieces, One Police Plaza, Secret Witness, and Who Will Get the Friends? as well as the mini-series If Tomorrow Comes.
HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS (Composer) began his motion picture career as an orchestrator, arranger, and writer on many of composer Stanley Myers' films, with whom he rapidly learned the techniques of film scoring and formed relationships with other top composers, including Hans Zimmer. It was through his association with Myers that Gregson-Williams became friends with legendary filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, composing his first major scores for Roeg's Full Body Massage and Hotel Paradise. In 1995 Gregson-Williams moved to Los Angeles and quickly launched his career as a Hollywood composer by composing the score for Billie Augusts Smillas Sense of Snow. Gregson-Williams next took on The Whole Wide World, and in 1996, he composed music for The Rock, forming a relationship with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, which has continued to this day. The following year found Gregson-Williams busy with a total of eight feature film projects, including Deceiver, The Replacement Killers and The Borrowers. Gregson-Williams went on to team up with legendary rock guitarist Trevor Rabin for the scores to Armageddon and Enemy of the State for Jerry Bruckheimer, followed by Antz, a computer animated movie. Gregson-Williams work continued to be diverse as he continued to score big studio films interspersed with smaller independent movies. In 1999 after completing the score for King of the Jungle, Gregson-Williams scored the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced TV movie Swing Vote, as well as Foxs urban drama Light it Up. In 2000, Gregson-Williams scored two of the years most successful family films: The Tigger Movie and Chicken Run. He also composed the music for a British independent film Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Gregson-Williams scored the Oscar winning blockbuster animated feature Shrek for which he received a BAFTA nomination and won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Score. In 2001, he scored the Tony Scott feature Spy Game, starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt and received a Golden Satellite Award nomination for his score. He also completed an album that was co-written with guitarist Peter Distefano (Porno for Pyros). His upcoming projects include Veronica Guerin starring Cate Blanchett from director Joel Schumacher, and an animated feature Sinbad.
Released: 18 April 2003
Running Time: 80 mins