The Night Listener

Synopsis: 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 wonderi
Director(s): Patrick Stettner
Production: Miramax
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.9
Metacritic:
51
Rotten Tomatoes:
40%
R
Year:
2006
91 min
$7,766,987
Website
15 Views

(piano)

(creak)

(feedback)

(thumps)

-(man) Ready?

-(woman murmurs)

-( man) Yeah, let's try it like that.

-(papers rustle)

From the studios of WNYH

in New York City,

I'm GabrieI Noone,

and this is Noone at Night.

As a storyteIIer, I've spent years

Iooting my Iife for fiction.

Like a magpie, I tend to steaI

the shiny stuff and discard the rest.

The facts can always be altered

When you're telling a story.

But this time.

I have to be careful.

I'll lay out the events

exactly as I remember them.

I want you to believe this. after all.

That'll be hard enough as it is.

This one is called

''The Night Listener. ''

It began in the

Worst of all possible Weeks.

Jess had moved out.

saying it was only temporary.

And I was miserable.

Nothing made sense anymore.

I was trying to read one of my ridiculous

yarns. the kind I had built a career on.

A sentimental piece

about our eighth anniversary.

But it felt so phony.

I couldn't put the

words into our mouth.

This isn't working.

-(W oman) It wasn't that bad.

- It just doesn't sound Iike me.

(W oman) The IeveIs are the same.

I couId adjust.

No, no.

It-it just sounds fake.

Look, GabrieI.

We can't do this again.

(feedback)

Just run an oId one, OK?

I-I'm.. . You know, I can't.

I'm sorry, I just can't.

(bell tolling)

Hey.

- Why are you here?

- I thought I was gonna buy you a drink.

What happened in the session?

We're just having sound probIems.

Listen, I'm ready to coIIapse.

- You sure you don't wanna go?

- I'm sure.

None of my business,

but the station is worried.

You owe them five shows.

I reaIIy don't wanna taIk about that.

- I'm worried about you.

- I'm aII right. ReaIIy.

AII right. Look.

- Take this with you.

- Oh, no. Come on, Ashe.

- You don't have to write a bIurb.

- Thanks.

Just want you to read it.

We're pubIishing it next quarter.

''A Diary of Transcendent

Hope and Courage." Oh, pIease.

It come with aromatherapy?

Save it, wiII ya? You'II have

reaI questions after you've read it.

- Hang in there, OK?

- Yeah.

See ya.

Jesus! You scared me.

- Just, uh, picking some stuff up.

- No probIem.

See you brought Lucifer.

Lucien.

He's just a friend.

Oh, babe, I toId ya.

I just need a IittIe space.

- It's aII right.

- I'II see ya.

- No, Hugo. Go.

- Hugo. Hugo!

(clock ticking)

(thunder rumbling)

( Gabriel) ''Charles Dickens,"

Wrote Pete Logand.

''W as only 1 2 when his parents

sent him to make boot polish

''in a factory by the docks.

''This screwed him up forever

and made him a writer.

( Gabriel and Pete) ''I think we've all got a

blacking factory. some terrible something

that makes us lose our baby hearts

as surely as we lose our baby teeth. ''

(Pete) Mine was

in the basement in Milwaukee.

It was converted into a room

that was supposed to be my playhouse.

No one ever wondered

Why my dad made it soundproof.

I knew all his games

by the time I was seven.

By the time I was 1 1.

other groW nups were W ith him.

I W ondered hoW much my mom knew .

( Gabriel and Pete) Then one night I heard

her there in the playhouse. whispering.

Telling somebody to move out of the way.

I realized she'd been there all along.

( Gabriel) ''That was what

the blindfold W as for - to keep me hidden.

''So they could

sell the tapes on the Internet. ''

( distorted voices)

(laughter)

-(phone ringing)

-(gasps)

( Gabriel's voice) You've reached Gabriel

and Jess. Leave a message at the tone.

(boy) Hi. it's Pete Logand.

The guy W ho W rote that book?

Ashe gave me your number.

so I just wanted to...

He said if I talk long enough you might...

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Armistead Jones Maupin, Jr. (born May 13, 1944) is an American writer, best known for Tales of the City, a series of novels set in San Francisco. more…

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