THE NIGHT LISTENER
DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 81 minutes, deleted scene, featurette
VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
STUDIO: Miramaz/ IFC Productions/ Hart Sharp Entertainment/ Fortissimo Films
RELEASE DATE: 1-9-2006
THE NIGHT LISTENER is a thriller that sucks you right through the ending. The film is based on the novel
by Armistead Maupin who used his real life experiences for the novel. It inspired him to write about a gay writer/ radio
talk show host Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) who investigates whther a 14 year old boy Pete (Rory Culkin) exists or not.
Is it all a deranged act put up by the blind adoptive mother (Toni Collette)? What challenges will Noone face
when everyone wants to belive in the boy and the stuff he went through supposedly? So truth is stranger than fiction
inthe case of THE NIGHT LISTENER because I have said it is inspired by true events? Even the mother of the kid who might
or might not exist even called the set of the film.
Even though the film is short, it is no slouch at all. I do wish the director kept in the three minute
he cut out of the film (it is included on the DVD with an introduction where he says he is glad he cut it). The
featurette, THE NIGHT LISTENER REVEALED, covers the real events that lead to the novel and the film (plus how the write had
Robin Williams in mind for the role). THE NIGHT LISTENER is a powerful film that is worth a rental on DVD and
proves Williams continues to be a great dramatic actor not to stuck in comedies all of the time.
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