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The Good Night -- Penélope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Danny DeVito co-star in this dark comedy about an obsessed man who will do anything to make his passion-filled dream life a reality.
The Good Night -- A former pop star who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis.


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  (in credits order)

Keith Allen ... Norman

Steffan Boje ... Karlheinz

Penélope Cruz ... Anna / Melodia

Danny DeVito ... Mel
Sonia Doubell ... Shawna

Martin Freeman ... Gary Shaller

Michael Gambon ... Alan Weigert

Stephen Graham ... Victor
Kate Harper ... Ballet Teacher

Gael Le Cornec ... The kitchen chef

Bruno Lastra ... Italian Slickster #2
Martino Lazzeri ... Italian Slickster #1

Meredith MacNeill ... Tica

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Dora Shaller

Simon Pegg ... Paul

Amber Sealey ... Terry

Skye Bennett ... Ballerina (as Deva Bennett Skye)

Joyce Springer ... Gary's Neighbor

Finty Williams ... Studio Assistant
Juliana Kiehl ... Naresta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amanda Abbington ... Vivian Jesson (uncredited)

Jarvis Cocker ... Himself (uncredited)

Lucy DeVito ... (uncredited)

Sean Francis George ... Italian Slickster (uncredited)
Ani James ... Door Host (uncredited)

Peter Rnic ... Diner (uncredited)

Directed by
Jake Paltrow 
Writing credits
Jake Paltrow (written by)

Produced by
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Donna Gigliotti .... producer
Oliver Hengst .... executive producer
Bill Johnson .... producer
Lis Kern .... associate producer
Wolfgang Schamburg .... associate producer
Ernst-August Schnieder .... executive producer
Jim Seibel .... executive producer
Robert Whitehouse .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alec Puro 
Cinematography by
Giles Nuttgens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Rick Lawley 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Eve Stewart 
Art Direction by
Leon McCarthy 
Lisa McDiarmid 
Costume Design by
Verity Hawkes 
Makeup Department
Georgiana Creanga .... hair and make up artist
Leslie Fuller .... key makeup artist: New York
Rebecca Lafford .... makeup designer
Ana Lozano .... makeup designer: Penelope Cruz
Kerrie Smith .... key hair stylist: New York
Lisa Tomblin .... hair designer
Mary-Anne Waite .... hair stylist assistant (as Mary Anne Waite)
Mary-Anne Waite .... makeup artist assistant (as Mary Anne Waite)
Production Management
Tori Parry .... production supervisor
Lucille Smith .... production manager: New York (as Lucille Masone Smith)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vicki Allen .... second assistant director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director
Colin MacLellan .... second assistant director: New York (as Colin A.J. MacLellan)
Richard Patrick .... first assistant director: New York
Samar Pollitt .... third assistant director
Jennifer D. Wilkins .... dga trainee: New York (as Jennifer Wilkins)
Sarah Mooney .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gina Acuna .... art department work experience
Lawrence Amanuel .... property master: New York (as Larry Amanuel)
Tycho Andrews .... storeman
Paul Campbell .... dressing props
Hannah Capron .... graphics designer
Jonathan Carter .... assistant props: New York
Ben Collins .... draughtsman
Cory Copeland .... third propman: New York
Chris Cull .... property master
Martin Day .... carpenter
Derek Ede .... stand-by stagehand
James Ede .... stand-by painter
Steve Ede .... stand-by carpenter
Jason Lee Etienne .... art department assistant (as Jason Etienne)
Ernie Foster .... scenic artist: New York (as Ernest Foster)
Gordon Gertsen .... set dresser: New York
Kevin Harris .... construction manager
Stuart Headley-Read .... stand-by props (as Stuart Read)
Martin Lane .... stand-by painter
Gary S. May .... scenic artist: New York (as Gary May)
Stephen McGregor .... chargehand carpenter
Sarah Miller .... art department runner
Jeff Naparstek .... on-set dresser: New York
David Newell .... carpenter (as Dave Newell)
Claire Pidgeon .... assistant buyer
Simon Riley .... stand-by props
Tony Roberts .... construction rigger
Steve Samson .... chargehand carpenter
Justin Scoppa Jr. .... set decorator: New York (as Justin Scoppa)
Nicole Scoppa .... lead person: New York
Jamie Shelley .... painter
Jamie Shelley .... scenic painter
Jeff Shilton .... carpenter
David Stapleton .... chargehand carpenter (as Dave Stapleton)
Danny Thomas .... carpenter
Wolfgang Wahler .... stand-by construction rigger
Stephen Whitworth .... carpenter (as Steve Whitworth)
Jason Whyman .... carpenter
Lee Wiseman .... dressing props
Sound Department
Gary Alper .... production sound mixer: New York
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (as Greg Barbanell)
Nancy Barker .... first assistant sound editor
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Paul Berolzheimer .... foley mixer
Weldon Brown .... adr mixer
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor (as David Cohen)
Dane A. Davis .... supervising sound designer
Tony Dawe .... production sound mixer
Marshall Garlington .... sound re-recording mixer
Victor Iorillo .... sound effects editor
Neda Joncich .... mix facility coordinator
Jörg Klaussner .... dubbing mixer
Michael Kneafsey .... boom operator (as Mike Kneafsey)
Daryl Lathrop .... adr recordist
Lee Lemont .... supervising adr editor
Michelle Mader .... cable puller: New York
Michael A. Morongell .... sound mix engineer (as Michael Morongell)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Michael Neafsey .... boom operator (as Mike Kneafsey)
Paul Ordonez .... sound mixing recordist
Bryan Pennington .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Brian Pennington)
Sam Perry .... boom operator: New York
Ken S. Polk .... sound re-recording mixer
Solange S. Schwalbe .... supervising foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe)
James Simcik .... supervising adr editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Donna G. Walker .... post sound operations
Jim Ward .... adr recordist
Denise Yarde .... boom operator
Richard E. Yawn .... sound designer
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
Matthew T. Duncan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ezra Dweck .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
James Gibb .... trainee: FT2 (uncredited)
Special Effects by
James Brooks .... special effects technician
Dean Ford .... special effects technician
Stuart Prior .... special effects technician
Robert Schofield .... special effects wire rigger (as Bob Scoffield)
Jamie Weguelin .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Siddhartha Abbazi .... dustbuster: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Asregadoo Arundi .... compositor (as Arundi Asregadoo)
David Booth .... film scanning and recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Jerry Callaghan .... film scanning and recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Peter Connelly .... compositor
Catherine Gibson .... dustbuster: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Vincent Goodsell .... compositor (as Vince Goodsell)
Charley Henley .... visual effects supervisor
Martin Hobbs .... visual effects producer
Rick Lopez .... film scanning and recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Charlotte Loughnane .... compositor
Alasdair McNeill .... roto artist
Les Meek .... film scanning and recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Jose Parra .... dustbusting manager: Fotokem Digital Film Services
David Rosenthal .... I/O supervisor: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Richard Stammers .... visual effects supervisor
Les Vary .... film scanning and recording: Forokem Digital Film Sdervices
Christine Wong .... compositor
Alastor Arnold .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Michael Elson .... executive producer: MPC (uncredited)
Lionel Heath .... roto/prep: MPC (uncredited)
Paul McWilliams .... digital artist (uncredited)
Laurel Schneider .... coordinator: Moving Picture Co. (uncredited)
Laurel Schneider .... liason: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Guy List .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Sonny Burdis .... best boy
Gavin Curran .... company electrician: New York
Carlos De Carvalho .... focus puller
Devin Donegan .... video assist operator: New York
Edwin Effrein .... first assistant camera: New York (as Edwin A. Effrein)
Steve Finberg .... electrician
Greg Finkel .... second assistant camera: New York
Eamonn Fitzgerald .... electrician (as Eammon Fitzgerald)
Eamonn Fitzgerald .... lighting truck
Victoria Hanna .... FT2 camera trainee (as Victoria Simpson)
Zachary Henderson .... company grip: New York (as Zach Henderson)
John Jordan .... focus puller
Stephen Lee .... video assist operator
John Mazzoni .... company grip: New York (as John G. Mazzoni)
Jessica Miglio .... still photographer: New York
Guy Minoli .... generator operator
Derek Murphy .... best boy: New York
Peter Myslowski .... key grip
Mike O'Shea Jr. .... Steadicam operator: New York (as Michael O'Shea)
Jennie Paddon .... clapper loader
Glen Patrick .... electrical runaround
Ang Richards .... camera trainee (as Angharad Richards)
Stephen Rooney .... company grip: New York
Mark Schmidt .... camera operator: New York
Frank Schumo .... company grip: New York (as Frank Schiumo)
Joseph Sciretta .... gaffer: New York
Robert Sciretta .... company electrician: New York
Charles Sherron .... key grip: New York (as Charles J. Sherron)
David Smith .... gaffer (as Dave Smith)
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Perry Unjang .... company grip: New York
Rory Walsh .... best boy: New York
Andrew Watson .... rigging gaffer
Daniel Wiener .... camera loader: New York (as Dan Wiener)
Ian Barwick .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Luke Myslowski .... daily grip (uncredited)
Tom Scott .... rigger (uncredited)
Russell Tann .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Stephen Moore .... casting assistant
Hayley Williams .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kevin P. Faherty .... wardrobe supervisor: New York (as Kevin Faherty)
Philip Goldsworthy .... costume daily
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... assistant costume designer (as Marcus Love)
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... costume supervisor (as Marcus Love)
Marie Meyer .... wardrobe stand-by
Harriet Parry .... wardrobe stand-by (as Harriet Lyons)
Marcia Patten .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Faith Thomas .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
John Daro .... digital intermediate editor: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer: Fotokem Digital Film Services (as Bob Frederickson)
Michael L. Griffin .... digital intermediate artist: lineup, Fotokem Digital Film Services (as Mike Griffin)
Andrew Haigh .... assistant editor: dailies
Page Marsella .... first assistant editor
Kelley Moore .... DFS coordinator: Fotokem Digital Film Services
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor: Fotokem Digital Film
Mike Piascik .... digital intermediate artist: lineup, Fotokem Digital Film Services
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate general manager: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Nate Tufts .... DFS expediter: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate colorist: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Music Department
Dylan Maulucci .... music arranger
Dylan Maulucci .... orchestrator
Ashburn Miller .... music recordist
Christopher S. Parker .... music consultant
Jeremy Rubolino .... composer: additional music
Jeremy Rubolino .... music arranger
Jeremy Rubolino .... orchestrator
Carl Sealove .... music editor
Del Spiva .... music editor
Erik Zobler .... music mixer: The Village Recorder (as Zob)
Tracy McKnight .... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Robert Bermudez .... driver: New York
Sophie Burden .... driver: minibus
Ian Drinkwater .... driver: minibus
Lawrence Duncan .... facilities captain
Richard Eksteen .... facilities driver
Fredrik Herneoja .... production driver (as Freddy Hemoeja)
Lee Isgar .... unit driver: Simon Pegg
Colin Kiddell .... unit driver
Chris Komak .... driver: New York
Kerry Magee .... driver: New York
Jimmy Mahr .... driver: New York (as James P. Mahr)
Enyo Mortty .... unit driver
Gdeorge Nadramia .... driver: New York
Rocco Ottomanelli .... driver: New York
Joe Parvis .... driver: New York
John Riggins .... driver: New York
Dennis Salomone Jr. .... driver: New York
Dennis Salomone Sr. .... transportation captain: New York (as Dennis Salomone)
Brian Salomone .... driver: New York
Darren Thackeray .... driver
Darren Thackeray .... unit driver
Pete Trotman .... unit driver (as Peter Trotman)
Kevin R. Wood .... driver: New York (as Kevin Wood)
Drew Yanarella .... driver: New York
Other crew
Shira Auerhahn .... Assistant To Sales Agent
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Barbara Berkery .... voice coach
Jake Bogert .... assistant production coordinator
Nick Carr .... location assistant: New York (as Nicholas Carr)
Francesca Dowd .... production coordinator
Leo Driver .... parking coordinator: New York
Synnove Godeseth .... location trainee: FTS (as Synnöve Godeseth)
Michael Harm .... location manager
Barbara Heller .... location manager: New York
Fredrik Herneoja .... production runner (as Freddt Hemoeja)
Natasha Hook .... unit nurse
James Keaton .... production office runner
Scott Kordish .... production coordinator: New York
Jessica Lichtner .... script supervisor: New York
Pietro Lorino Jr. .... production accountant: New York
Andrew Mann .... production executive: Inferno
Stacy Mann .... unit publicist
David M. McGuire .... assistant location manager: New York (as Dave McGuire)
Chris Menke .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Sarah Mooney .... utility stand-in
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Isabel Petrie .... floor runner work experience
Rebecca Powling .... craft service: New York
Mary Price .... construction nurse
Jaime Roberts .... utility stand-in
Lee Robertson .... assistant location manager
Ryan Scatenato .... location assistant: New York
Bethann Schebece .... location assistant: New York
Laylah Smart .... craft service: New York
Kerry Smith .... assistant accountant
Allan Stearns .... caterer: New York, Coast to Coast
Alice Syed .... production trainee: FT2
Aurelia Thomas .... assistant location manager
Jana Toepfer .... assistant to producers
Anne Walsh .... voice assistant
Laura Windebank .... floor runner
Peter Arpesella .... voice performer (uncredited)
Bruno Cassoni .... location scout (uncredited)
Ganesh Hennigs .... office production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Catharina Hourcade .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Andrew Jack .... dialect coach: Michael Gambon (uncredited)
Robert Lopez .... set production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Damian Mitchell .... armorer (uncredited)
Phillip L. Rosen .... production legal (uncredited)
Amanda Abbington .... very special thanks
Jarvis Cocker .... very special thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
93 min
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The Good Night, just a decent night at the movies, 1 February 2007
Author: sundevil27 from Salt Lake City, UT USA

Saw the world premiere showing of the Good Night at the Sundance Film Festival last week and have come to report back on my findings. Was really looking forward to this one, story sounded interesting in an Eternal Sunshine kinda way, and the cast is top notch. The Good Night stars Martin Freeman as former brit pop star Gary, who hasn't exactly been doing a whole lot since his famed band went on the skids. Gary lives a less then fulfilling life with his long time girlfriend Dora, played by the excellent Gywenth Paltrow, and keeps company with successful ex bandmate Paul, played by the hilarious Simon Pegg. Gary spends his days doing meaningless commercial gigs in which his creative talents are kept in check in order to create more familiar music that sounds like the theme from "Cheers". Understandably Gary needs an outlet from his less then stellar career and from his almost non-existent relationship with Dora. One night Garys finds that outlet in his dreams, more specifically in the perfect female form played by Penelope Cruz. Desperate to escape reality Gary finds himself wanting more to live in his sleeping life then in his real life and he finds an unusual guide in Mel, played by Danny Devito. Mel mentors Gary on this lucid dreaming and soon Gary finds himself mastering his dreams, but in reality his good nights are turning into bad days.

Sounds interesting but does it work, well not so much. Much like a dream the story is scatter shot and incomplete. We only get a glimpse into the characters lives and as the story goes along we still don't have a lot of info here. Does Gary want to be a pop star again, is he jealous of the success of his friend, does he really care about his girlfriend - did he ever and whats so special about his dream girl? Gary is as lost in life as he is on the audience, he feels distant as do most of the characters here, aside from the amusing Paul. In the end this movie just doesn't quite work out, maybe it wasn't supposed just like a dream. All that being said its a nice first movie by Jake Paltrow, he's got a good vision and his effort here is obviously promising but frankly the story was beneath his directing talents. As for the actors, Martin Freeman, Gywenth, Devito - all very good work but again the story just is so-so and the acting can't save that. The Good Night, just a decent night at the movies

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