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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stars Rory Culkin and Robin Williams share the same birthday: July 21st. 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

Spun-off from Tales of the City (1993) See more »

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Vladimir's Blues
Written and Performed by Max Richter
Courtesy of Fatcat Recordings
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User Reviews

 
Surprisingly mediocre.
23 August 2006 | by sarita_grrlSee all my reviews

All of the elements of a fabulous film are in place: amazing actors, interesting true story, decent budget and set. Somehow, this movie falls flat and is quite forgettable.

I attribute this to the director. I've never seen his other movies, so I cannot compare. The movie was predictable, opportunities for some really great suspenseful moments were missed...like missing ten free-throws in basketball - painfully annoying...this director shot, and missed...a lot.

There's nothing inherently wrong with the film...it just screams, "Help me! Find me a fabulous editor to fix what this director missed!" This is the sort of movie one watches on HBO while folding laundry (since it wasn't compelling enough to see in the theater), and considers it "okay", but certainly not worthy of ones full attention...glad the laundry is done!


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