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The Night Listener

  • Drama
  • 2006
  • Patrick Stettner
  • 77 mins
  • 15

Summary

Night-time radio phone-in host Gabriel Noone strikes up an on-air friendship with a 14-year-old boy with Aids, who is about to have the story of his abused childhood published. To begin with, Gabriel is touched by the youngster's plight, but begins to harbour doubts about the authenticity of his story, and in setting out to find the boy, he is confronted with a startling revelation. Mystery thriller, with Robin Williams, Toni Collette and Rory Culkin.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Robin Williams is an actor who polarises opinions: some find his sentimental tomfoolery irresistible, while others might prefer to stick their heads into a bucket of bees rather than endure his tediously tearful antics. But even his detractors may have been pleasantly surprised by his convincing performances in One Hour Photo and Insomnia, in which he played directly against type. He's impressive again here as night-time radio phone-in host Gabriel Noone, who strikes up a long-distance relationship with Pete (Rory Culkin), a youngster with Aids who describes tales of horrifying sexual abuse. But as the plot progresses, Noone becomes suspicious about whether the boy is who he says he is. Williams is effectively understated, but is ultimately let down by a plodding screenplay and shoddy direction by Patrick Stettner, who attempts to generate tension when there is none and fails to explore the characters or their situation with any real insight.

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Credits

Cast

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Gabriel NooneRobin Williams
Donna D LogandToni Collette
JessBobby Cannavale
AsheJoe Morton
Pap NooneJohn Cullum
Pete D LogandRory Culkin
AnnaSandra Oh
WaitressBecky Ann Baker
Darlie NooneLisa Emery
AliceMaryann Plunkett

Crew

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DirectorPatrick Stettner

Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2006-09-15
Language
English
Guidance
Contains swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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