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The Night Listener (2006)

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In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos.

Director:

Patrick Stettner

Writers:

Armistead Maupin (screenplay), Terry Anderson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Gabriel Noone
Toni Collette ... Donna D. Logand
Joe Morton ... Ashe
Bobby Cannavale ... Jess
Rory Culkin ... Pete D. Logand
Sandra Oh ... Anna
Rodrigo Lopresti ... Young Man at Party
John Cullum ... Pap Noone
Lisa Emery ... Darlie Noone
Guenia Lemos Guenia Lemos ... Female Neighbor
Marcia Haufrecht ... Pant Suited Woman (as Marcia Halfrecht)
Nick Gregory ... Flight Attendant
Ed Jewett ... Mail Clerk
Becky Ann Baker ... Waitress
Billy Van ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

Gabriel Noone is a late night radio-host in a big city, specializing in spooky tales culled from his active imagination. When Gabriel's lover decides he needs some "space" and moves out, Gabriel descends into a funk until a publisher friend brings him a manuscript written by 14 year-old Pete Logand, a troubled young fan. Pete's story touches the vulnerable Gabriel deeply. Pete was severely abused by his parents and is now under the care of his former social worker, Donna Logand, who has adopted him. Pete is very ill and he and Donna are keeping a low profile in a small town in Wisconsin to avoid discovery by Pete's mother. Gabriel develops an unsettling long-distance telephone relationship with the boy and his guardian. Nothing is as it seems and the skepticism of friends causes Gabriel to become suspicious of Donna and her motives, so he tries to resolve the loose ends by traveling to Wisconsin to confront Donna and Pete. But this effort is largely unsuccessful and we are left ... Written by Joe Jurca

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Listen for the truth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disquieting sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Voces en la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Montgomery, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,554,134, 6 August 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,825,820, 3 September 2006
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At 5 minutes and 58 seconds into the film, Armistead Maupin's real-life husband Christopher Turner appears, playing the part of Jess's (Bobby Cannavale) friend whom Gabriel (Robin Williams) facetiously refers to as "Lucifer." Jess corrects him and says, "Lucien. He's just a friend." See more »

Goofs

The zip code for the Montgomery, Wisconsin address starts with a '2', but all Wisconsin zip codes start with 5. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gabriel Noone: [Black screen. Sounds of squeaking chair as someone sits down, microphone squealing, paper rustling, and a thump] Ready?
[Sound of one breath blown into microphone]
Gabriel Noone: [Unknown woman mumbles]
Gabriel Noone: Yeah, let's try it like that.
[Paper rustling]
Gabriel Noone: [Unknown woman mumbles again]
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Crazy Credits

The production wishes to thank ... the residents of 95th Street, NYC ... See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

La Judia Del Albayzin
Written by Juan Martin
Performed by Studio Musicians
Courtesy of Killer Tracks
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User Reviews

 
Kept me interested
29 July 2006 | by aharmasSee all my reviews

If there is one thing to recommend about this film is that it is intriguing. The premise certainly draws the audience in because it is a mystery, and throughout the film there are hints that there is something dark lurking about. However, there is not much tension, and Williams' mild mannered portrayal doesn't do much to makes us relate to his obsession with the boy.

Collete fares much better as the woman whose true nature and intentions are not very clear. The production felt rushed and holes are apparent. It certainly feels like a preview for a much more complete and better effort. The book is probably better.

One thing is certain: Taupin must have written something truly good to have inspired at least one commendable effort.


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