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The Good Night -- Pen?lope 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
Eammon Fitzgerald .... lighting truck (as Eamonn Fitzgerald)
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
Zob .... music mixer: The Village Recorder
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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45 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Genuinely Special, 11 February 2007
Author: berns111 from United States

Saw this one.... loved it. Variety sums it up perfectly.

"Sweet dreams, indeed. As becalmed and refreshing as a good night's sleep, writer-director Jake Paltrow's first feature delves assuredly into the mind of a lost soul who literally encounters the woman of his dreams. Though its forays into the subconscious may strike more adventurous cinematic palettes as precious and unimaginative, few will be able to resist Martin Freeman's appealing lead turn or the wry Brit wit that gives this fanciful confection a robust comic core. Given the right push emphasizing its marquee names, "The Good Night" could hit sleeper status. Compared to David Lynch's convulsive dreamscapes and Michel Gondry's "The Science of Sleep" - all films that seek to strand the viewer in an impenetrable chain of dream logic -- "The Good Night's" fascination with hallucination and reverie doesn't go much deeper than the surface level. Fortunately, it's an enchanting surface that doesn't wear out its welcome for a good 93 minutes.

Puzzling mock-doc prologue introduces a trio of characters discussing the life of sad-sack musician Gary Sheller in tones of hushed regret. Of the three, only Paul ("Shaun of the Dead's" Simon Pegg) plays a part in the story that follows, set two years earlier.

Gary (Freeman) is a thirtysomething Londoner now living in New York, a nice but hapless bloke with all the detritus of a movie midlife crisis. Since his band broke up seven years ago, he has eked out a living scoring TV commercials, to the increasing chagrin of his mildly depressive live-in girlfriend Dora (the helmer's sister, Gwyneth Paltrow). Even worse, Gary's friend and former bandmate, Paul, is doing quite well for himself in an advertising career.

Given Dora's irritable demeanor and Gary's tendency to aggravate it by saying exactly the wrong thing, it's no surprise that their love life is mutually unsatisfying. So when Gary starts having recurring dreams about a beguiling mystery woman (Penelope Cruz) who seems to offer more of herself to him every night, they have a rejuvenating effect. Wanting more, he takes an active interest in lucid dreaming - the act of becoming aware of and even controlling one's dream state - getting all sorts of tips from a New Age-y, self-styled expert (an amusing Danny DeVito).

Gary's growing obsession with manipulating his nocturnal entertainment - he sound-proofs his bedroom and gets cranky whenever he's awakened mid-dream - doesn't improve his relationship with Dora; somehow, even Paul's foolhardy dalliances in cybersex manage to widen the rift. Eventually Dora announces they need time apart and jets off to Venice, leaving Gary to indulge his fantasies to the fullest.

But after a wide-awake Gary sees Anna's face plastered on the side of a bus, he soon learns she's a real-life model (whose actual name, Melodia, strikes a rather obvious note), and Paul all too conveniently books her for a commercial. The foundation for Gary's discovery and face-to-face meeting with his fantasy lover isn't particularly well-laid, but by this point, the script has set a fascinating structural dilemma for itself, and Gary and Melodia's waking interactions easily compel one's interest and anticipation.

Subsequent plot turns are anything but predictable, and the tale begins to take on a quiet gravity as Gary's fantasy life is increasingly infected by his reality. The moving denouement is both a testament to the power and necessity of dreams and a bittersweet acknowledgment of their limitations.

With so many first-time helmers lately piling on the flash and visual gimmickry, the measured pacing and almost crystalline purity of Jake Paltrow's direction can't help but come as a soothing relief. The film-making is arguably too tasteful at times; intriguing as they are, Gary's dream sequences are absent any real sense of mystery or danger, and the use of stately fade-ins and fade-outs as delineating markers leads to some rhythmic awkwardness. In "The Science of Sleep," dreams and reality blurred together inscrutably; here, they exist opaquely side-by-side.

Best known Stateside for "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and the BBC's "The Office," Freeman carries the movie in his sleep, so to speak, showing terrific leading-man chops in a delightfully shaggy, self-effacing role. Continuing her dowdy-brunette look from "Running With Scissors," Gwyneth Paltrow comes through with a prickly, witty characterization that, despite a maudlin streak, occasionally lets the sun peek through.

Supporting perfs are similarly well handled. Looking as ravishing as she did in "Volver" (with no small help from Verity Hawkes' splendid costumes, including one striking white tux), Cruz breaks her so-called English-language curse with a role that requires her to be seductive and not much else. Needless to say, she acquits herself admirably. And Pegg, with his crack comic timing, pockets every other scene as Gary's lovable bastard of a best friend.

Production design is aces, the predominantly gray scheme of Gary and Dora's dreary apartment providing a "Wizard of Oz"-like contrast with the vivid colors and textures of the film's dreamscape; Giles Nuttgen's cinematography astutely follows in kind. Alec Puro's unobtrusively melodic score, which incorporating a tender composition Gary writes late in the picture, plays an especially significant role.

Gotham-set pic was largely filmed in London -- a disjunction that, given the film's Anglophilic bent, almost makes sense."

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