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White Noise (2005)

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An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions.

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Geoffrey Sax

Writer:

Niall Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Jonathan Rivers
Chandra West ... Anna Rivers
Deborah Kara Unger ... Sarah Tate
Ian McNeice ... Raymond Price
Sarah Strange ... Jane
Nicholas Elia ... Mike Rivers
Mike Dopud ... Detective Smits
Marsha Regis ... Police Woman
Brad Sihvon Brad Sihvon ... Minister
Mitchell Kosterman ... Work Man
L. Harvey Gold ... Business Man
Amber Rothwell ... Susie Tomlinson
Suzanne Ristic Suzanne Ristic ... Mary Freeman
Keegan Connor Tracy ... Mirabelle
Miranda Frigon ... Car Crash Woman
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Storyline

The car of successful author Anna Rivers is found disabled next to the river, the thought being that she accidentally fell into the river while trying to change a flat tire. Her dead body is found upstream several weeks later, consistent with the accidental death theory. Based on incidents around him, her grieving husband, architect Jonathan Rivers, decides several months later to visit with Raymond Price, who approached John prior to Anna's body being found with news that she was trying to contact him from beyond. At that time, John was skeptical of Raymond's claims of electronic voice phenomena (EVP): that he is contacted from the beyond through electronic means - radio, television - which he is able to record. Along with Sarah Tate, another of Raymond's "clients" whose fiancé passed away, John becomes obsessed with EVP as he gets more and more audio and video messages, however fuzzy, from Anna from beyond. That obsession takes a slight change in focus when John believes that Anna ... Written by Huggo

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The line separating the living from the dead has been crossed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,787,478 (United Kingdom), 9 January 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,113,565, 9 January 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,386,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,196,419
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On the DVD Commentary, Michael Keaton admitted to "phoning in" some of his scenes, and apologized to Director Geoffrey Sax. See more »

Goofs

When the news crews report about finding Anna's body, they say it was found upstream. Upstream would mean that her body floated against the current. See more »

Quotes

Mirabelle Keegan: Listen to me. It is one thing to contact the dead, it is another thing to meddle, and you are meddling.
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Crazy Credits

White static and flickering, subliminal images appear over the opening credits. It then segues into the opening scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in White Noise: Recording the Afterlife at Home (2005) See more »

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In My Nursery
Written by Steve Martin
Courtesy of Killer Tracks
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"White Noise" was previewed in Portland, Oregon this evening...
4 January 2005 | by Radio_LadySee all my reviews

Sorry to tell you that this movie has one of the worst scripts ever. It's just a shame, too -- because I like Michael Keaton and think he has one of the sexiest mouths I've ever seen (and I'm probably old enough to be his mother). I really wanted to like this flick since I couldn't recall the last movie I'd seen him in.

On the positive side, "White Noise" was well acted and directed. The scary effects were jolting. The music was exciting and helped to build the tension. The characters were interesting and, although I don't particularly believe in ghosts, I felt some emotional bond with this theme.

Aside from that, the movie's script makes little or no sense. The ending was unforgivably dumb and for me, the movie was a big waste of time. My husband fell asleep for the last twenty minutes, so he was in a better place for the incredibly unmotivated ending.

I didn't stay for the credits. Where was this film shot? There are no filming locations noted here at IMDb. The only clue was one character has a business card that says "Washington" and area code 206.

I'm giving it a "D" and just cannot recommend this movie. However, there are some January holdovers that may pique your interest. Try "The Aviator" -- "Kinsey" -- or "Sideways" this weekend.

See you at the movies!


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