White Noise

Synopsis: The car of successful author Anna Rivers is found disabled next to the river, the thought being that she accidentally fell into the river while trying to change a flat tire. Her dead body is found upstream several weeks later, consistent with the accidental death theory. Based on incidents around him, her grieving husband, architect Jonathan Rivers, decides several months later to visit with Raymond Price, who approached John prior to Anna's body being found with news that she was trying to contact him from beyond. At that time, John was skeptical of Raymond's claims of electronic voice phenomena (EVP): that he is contacted from the beyond through electronic means - radio, television - which he is able to record. Along with Sarah Tate, another of Raymond's "clients" whose fiancé passed away, John becomes obsessed with EVP as he gets more and more audio and video messages, however fuzzy, from Anna from beyond. That obsession takes a slight change in focus when John believes that Anna is
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Geoffrey Sax
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


(Static fading in and out)

(Ghostly screams)

(Static and snatched voices)

(# Music plays on radio)

'More rain tomorrow

with the chance of thunderstorms... '

(Static and stations fading in and out)

(Man) Mikey, quit playing,

get ready for school.

Come on, start eating.

Your mom's coming in ten minutes.

(Tunes radio in)

- Hey, were you messing with this?

- No.

No! Bet you were.

- I bet you were fooling around.

- (Phone)

- I'll get it.

- All right.


Hi, Jane.

- Mikey, you want more juice?

- Sure.

- Here you go.

- Yeah, no problem.

OK. See ya.

- Jane can't make it.

- Why not?

- She didn't say.

- Didn't say what?

- Your mom can't pick you up.

- Does that mean I miss school?

No! It means I take you instead.

Nice try, tiger.

It was a nice try, though.

- Where you going, baby?

- My publishers.

They're gonna show me the cover.

Wow. You look great.

You look really great.

You look really, really great.

No, John, we're late already.

And you have toothpaste on your mouth.

Right there.

- You OK?

- Yeah.

- You sure?

- Well, I might be...

more than OK.

Oh, my God in heaven.

Yes! Yes, yes!

This could be wrong. I'll do another one.

- Let's tell Mike he's getting a brother.

- Wait.

I'll do another test and then see the doctor.

Congratulations, honey.

Lunch bag.

Suit bag.


All right. See you in a couple of days.

Say hi to your mom.

And you, take it easy.

I know.

- (Engine revs)

- Hey!

Bye. I love you.

See you later. Don't worry.

(Car horn)

(Dog barking)


(Animated chatter)

- Hi, Kelvin.

- How you doing?

- Mr. Rivers.

- Hey.

Frank asked if you'd call

as soon as you're in.

Oh. Sure.


- Wow what?

- You. You're smiling.

Is that a big deal that I'm smiling?

- It is on a Monday morning, yeah.

- Really?

- Really.

- OK.

- Yeah.

- Hey, Karen,

order me a bouquet of flowers

for the end of the day, lilies.

And champa... No, not champagne,

get me chocolates.

Those Belgian kind.

You know? What are you looking at?

Something's up.

- Something's really up.

- Would you just...?

- I'm going.

- Thank you.

- But I know something's up.

- Frank.

Hey, babe, are you home?

'You have one message.

'Message received Monday 16th, 6:07 pm. '

'Hey, honey, it's me.

So Julie's having trouble with Ben, again. '

- What's new?

- 'So I said I'd have a drink with her.

'Don't worry, I'll stick to water,

and I'll call when I'm on my way home.

'Did you see the demo cover?

What do you think?

'I was kind of thinking... '

(Static on answer machine)

'No messages. '


(Only static)

(# Music starts)

'Hi, it's Anna. Leave a message

after the beep and I will call you back. '

Hi, it's me, it's a little before midnight.

I guess you're still with Julie.

Give me a call, let me know.

All right? Love you, bye.

'Hi, it's Julie. Leave a message. '

Julie, hi, it's John. Do me a favor.

When you get this message,

have Anna give me a call.

I guess you guys are having a good time.

Thank you.

(Clock ticking)

(Door slams)

(Radio suddenly comes on, loud)

(Static and voices

as radio tunes through stations)

(Newsreader) '... victim of a tragic accident.

'Police have discovered

the heel of a woman's shoe

'close to her abandoned car

on Argyle Avenue.

'She may have slipped into the river

while attending to a flat tire.

'Although divers are still searching the area,

'reported sightings of the best-selling author

'continue to reach police

from towns up to 20 miles away.

'Police are keeping an open mind

as to her whereabouts.

'Anna Rivers' latest novel The Eternal Wait

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Niall Johnson

Niall Johnson (born in 1964) is an English screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his 2005 comedy film Keeping Mum. more…

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