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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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Nick Gregory ... Flight Attendant
Ed Jewett 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:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,600,000, 6 August 2006

Gross USA:

$7,836,393

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,639,686
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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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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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The production wishes to thank ... the residents of 95th Street, NYC ... See more »

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Featured in The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017) See more »

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Interesting premise, great acting, but story...?
4 August 2006 | by bondgirl6781See all my reviews

I couldn't give this film a bad rating or bad review for two reasons: Robin Williams and Toni Collete. The film has the potential of being a thriller and there are some slight disturbing elements that lean to the psychological which was something the film could have focused a little on. Robin Williams plays Gabriel Noon, a storytelling night time deejay who is going through personal issues: his lover moves out and Gabriel is having what seems to be a case of storyteller's block. One day he receives and reads a story written by a dying 14-year old boy named Pete Boland (Rory Culkin). Pete tells the story of his life and the abuse he suffered at the hands of his parents. He lives with his adopted mother and social worker, Donna Boland (Toni Collette). Gabriel is fascinated and begins a friendship with Pete, but things seem strange when Gabriel attempts to meet him and discovers the possibility that Pete Boland may not even exist. I won't go into detail because I don't want to spoil the film, but I will tell you this: it is quite predictable. Fascinating atmosphere for telling a story and good performances from Robin Williams and Toni Collette, who I thought was the film's key character. Collette is without question one of the most talented and loveliest actresses. Her ability to tap into the psyche and personality of the characters she portrays is very uncanny and I hope to see her win an Oscar (hell, I think she might pull off getting a Best Supporting Actress nod for this one if the script were a little better). The film starts off as a psychological thriller, but a predictable one at that. If your curious to know the film's ending and twists, then see the film otherwise I would rent another predictable thriller called "Hide and Seek".


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