Synopsis: In long flashbacks, David Owen looks back to when he lived in Manhattan with his wife and baby. The unnecessary noises of the city interrupt his life to the point that he takes a baseball bat to the windshield of cars whose alarms are blaring. After a few arrests, his wife kicks him out. On his own, he learns to avoid arrest and leaves a calling card as "The Rectifier" when he breaks into an offending car. Gruska, an enterprising young reporter, tracks him down. He tells her his story, they become lovers, and she organizes a petition drive for a ballot initiative to ban car alarms. The mayor becomes the Rectifier's bête noire. Can David fight City Hall and win?
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Henry Bean
Production: ThinkFilm
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min



Reported disturbance

on the Lilydale train,

XT route, 2-1.

Please repeat, 2-1.

Thank you.

Melbourne East, 818.

Melbourne East, 818.

Melbourne East 818, back.

Say again please, 818.

Your signal's very weak.

Sorry, I'm in a tunnel

and my battery's cactus.

Difficult for me

with the weak signal, 818.

F*** you then.

Melbourne East, 814.

814, check 818, please.

Thank you, 814.

Melbourne East, 818.

Melbourne East, 818.

Melbourne East, 818?

Melbourne East.

Can't you hear?

No, just I...

- What's up?

- Don't know yet.

A disturbance.

Stay there a tick.

Get on the ground!

Get on the f***ing ground!

- I understand that.

Get on the f***ing ground now.

Get on the f***ing

ground now!

he's already gone. It's not me.

- Now!

- You heard him, get down!

- Get down now!

- all the way down.

- Please just listen to me.

- All the way down!

- just listen...

Get all the way down.

All right, put your

hands behind your back.

- Shut the f*** up!

- Cross your legs!

- please!

- All right, I've got her covered.

Shut up, shut up!

Stay down. You don't

move till I say.

- F*** you! He got off!

- Shut up!

Did you hear me?

You stay down

and you don't move.

Shut up!

Just shut up.

He got off!

You gotta tell...

Shut the f*** up!

Try not to play

with it,

And for the next three or

four days, don't get it wet.

This is codeine. The

local will wear off.

These will take the

edge off the pain.

As for the ringing, that

should be gone by tomorrow.

The ringing's

a regular thing.

How do you mean?


What do you mean,


Like ongoing.

- Before tonight?

- Yep.

How long before?

About 18 months,

on and off.

Same with

the dizzy spells?

Yeah well,

there's been dizziness,

But the blackouts

are new.


I'm detective Melanie Ryan.

Yeah, but I get to call

you Mel, don't I?

'Cause you're the nice one they

get to talk to people after they...

When they realize

that someone's not even...

I mean, hey, I'm in

a McDonald's uniform.


You know, everyone here already

knows how brave you've been.

Hey, don't, hon.

Come on.

- they do. They do.

- So?

So it's okay if you

want to have a cry.

I want my other stuff.

Okay. Okay, good.

Let's do that.

What's your

other stuff?

Well, there's a pink bag

with headphones in it...


... And there's a picture

of me that I got from work.

- it's in a frame.

- Okay, look,

What I'll do is

You just stay here and I'll see if

someone can't fetch them for you, okay?

- Where are you?

- 30 seconds away. Just hold on.

- Get out of the f***ing way,

you idiot.

Jesus Christ.

Yeah, you've got the media

all over you like a wet rash.

I know. Hamish is onto it.

- back!

- come on!

You've got some stringers

up on the overpass.

Yeah, I know.

I know.

F*** knows what sort of

footage they're getting.

The underpass

is logjammed.

If you don't need paras

inside the cordon,

They shouldn't be

inside your cordon.

You just have the uniform

inside the cordon, okay?

- yep.

- All right, just a second.

Guys, please.

This is supposed to be a thoroughfare.

Can you keep the area clear, please?

- You there?

- yeah, I'm traveling to you.

- How's the kid?

- Still a bit wobbly.

- I need a description.

- Yeah well, once she's compos mentis.


Listen, she's got some

belongings still in the carriage.

- I think it'd be a good idea...

- of course.

I need an hour before I

can even think about it.

I know we're corrupting your scene.

I haven't even looked

at the scene

And you're talking about removing

items from it... seriously.

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Henry Bean

Henry Bean (born 1945) is an American screenwriter, film director, film producer, novelist, and actor. Most famous as a screenwriter, Bean wrote the screenplays for Internal Affairs, Deep Cover, Venus Rising, The Believer, Basic Instinct 2 and Noise. The Believer was awarded the dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Festival and the Golden St. George at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.Bean, who is Jewish, also acted in The Believer, and was a producer on Deep Cover and Noise. He was the director for The Believer and Noise. Bean is also the inspiration for the protagonist of Noise. He was so tired of constant noise around him and his home in New York that he decided to take the law into his own hands. If a car alarm was going off and the owner of the vehicle didn't rectify the situation, Bean would break into the car to disable the offending car alarm. Bean was eventually arrested and jailed. He admits to doing it a few more times since. more…

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