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The Good Night (2007)

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A former pop star who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Allen ... Norman
Steffan Boje ... Karlheinz
Penélope Cruz ... Anna / Melodia
Danny DeVito ... Mel
Sonia Doubell 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 Martino Lazzeri ... Italian Slickster #1
Meredith MacNeill ... Tica
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Dora Shaller
Simon Pegg ... Paul
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Storyline

Former British pop star Gary Shaller is at a crossroads in his life: his job in New York City is going nowhere, his American wife, Dora, drives him crazy, and he passed his thirtieth birthday four years ago. Add to that his best friend Paul seems to become more successful every time he breathes. Gary is feeling depressed and dejected... until he meets Anna. She's glamorous and smart; she's seductive and witty. Best of all, she's crazy about Gary. Anna is the girl of Gary's dreams...literally. And that's the problem. Gary can only see Anna in his dream life, so he's got to find a way to carry on the most satisfying relationship of his life, in his dreams. His quest for lucid dreaming techniques introduces Gary to some crazy characters who ultimately give him a new perspective on life. Written by Anonymous

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A comedic fantasy. See more »


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

Release Date:

18 January 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Az álomnő See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,377, 7 October 2007

Gross USA:

$22,441

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$508,084
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When they're in the new age bookstore, Paul (Simon Pegg) says to Gary (Martin Freeman), "What are we doing in the hobbit hole?" Martin Freeman would go on to play Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit trilogy. See more »

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Anna: [Melodia on street] You're making me feel like I have to break up with you- and I don't even know you.
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References Shane (1953) See more »

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The Universal
Written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James (as Steven Alexander James) & Dave Rowntree
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of N2K Publishing Ltd.
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A somewhat familiar tale, but it had an interesting take.
27 May 2013 | by RishadSee all my reviews

This DVD popped up on my shelf randomly today, turning out to be a serendipitous find, and an enjoyable way to pass a rainy holiday afternoon. "The Good Night" tells a somewhat familiar tale; a musician trapped in a floundering relationship who seeks escape in the world of his dreams, and eventually finds solace in the arms of another woman in this dreamscape. Or does he?

Starring none other than beloved hobbit Martin Freeman as Gary, the cast is well-supported by Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny DeVito, and the ever- gorgeous Penélope Cruz. The film starts off rather slow, dull and uninteresting, which in retrospect, fits in well with the overall storyline. One night, he dreams of meeting a strange, beautiful woman on the beach (Cruz, as Anna), but is awakened before he can go further. A turning point is reached when Gary seeks the advice of a lucid continuous dreaming expert (DeVito) and begins to see more and more of Anna, and eventually forms a dream-state relationship with her, gradually losing touch with his less-than-stellar reality.

As mentioned, this is a somewhat familiar tale, and one that's been treated quite a bit in films. Starcrossed lovers who can only meet in dreams, dreams being better than real life, which part of the film is real, and which is not - they've all arguably been done before, but I still enjoyed this director's take on it. Particularly interesting was the slight "documentary" twist on theme, which I wasn't quite sure what to make of. All in all, worth a watch.


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