The plot of the movie Phone Booth seems like something that could never happen in real life: after entering a public phone booth to pick up a ringing phone, a man is told that he is in a sniper’s sights and will be killed if he leaves the booth. But, in October of 2002, the threat of an unknown sniper became very real. Ten people died and three more were injured during a spate of unprovoked shootings in the Washington, D.C., area, before John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were apprehended in connection to the crimes. Although Phone Booth had been scheduled to open on Nov. 15, 2002, it was deemed frighteningly realistic and pushed back to an April 3, 2003 opening.
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