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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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Surrealist Dramedy Falls Way Short Due to a Muddy Execution, 6 May 2008
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

It's pretty obvious that first-time director/screenwriter Jake Paltrow was heavily inspired by Michel Gondry's surreal, off-kilter work in "The Science of Sleep" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" in making this downbeat 2007 dramedy. Barely in theaters before heading right to DVD, the film works on an intriguing (albeit unoriginal) premise but is then undermined by a muddy execution and unlikable characters despite some nice visuals. The plot concerns put-upon Gary, a TV commercial jingle writer who was once an '80's Britpop star. His professional life has become a drudge as he begrudgingly works with his best pal and former bandmate Paul, who has sold his soul to become a successful advertising executive. Meanwhile, life at home is no picnic since Gary has to suffer from the constant passive-aggressive derision of his frumpy, needling girlfriend Dora.

Into this emotional void, Gary starts to have vivid dreams of a beautiful fantasy woman named Anna, who turns out to have a basis in reality. It's no wonder that Gary seeks the counsel of a "lucid dreaming" expert from New Jersey named Mel who helps him find ways to elongate the dreams for fear of having them evaporate entirely. Once all this is all established, Paltrow lets the film flail around in a series of frustrating scenes that have Gary turning more and more into an emotional zombie. Moreover, the marked contrast between Dora and Anna comes across as overstated with the result being complete indifference toward both women. Paltrow also uses a framing device of documentary-like testimonials from colleagues in Gary's past, a technique that doesn't make sense until the abrupt ending. None of the principal actors are terribly remarkable here except Simon Pegg ("Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz") who brings a much-needed energetic brio to the comically unsavory role of Paul. His cutting scenes with Gary are the best the movie offers.

As Gary, Martin Freeman (BBC's "The Office", "Breaking and Entering") is likeably dweeby at first, though he doesn't make credible his past as a debauched rock star. Danny DeVito merely plays a plot device in his customary matter and not much more as Mel. No matter how gorgeous she is (and she truly is in this film), Penélope Cruz is given short shrift by the script, so much so that her character remains incoherent and incomplete. But ironically, a worse fate befalls the filmmaker's famous sister Gwyneth, who has been so deglamorized as Dora as to render her character nearly unsalvageable. Granted there are some funny, off-the-cuff bits like Dora reacting to Gary's maniacal installation of foam over the bedroom windows by asking if it comes in white or Gary inexplicably reading "The Idiot's Guide to Understanding Iraq" in bed, but there isn't enough such cleverness to sustain the film. At 93 minutes, it actually feels overlong. The 2008 DVD provides a rather inchoate commentary from Jake Paltrow that is not very insightful.

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