TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Year: 2006
Running Time: 89 min
SYNOPSIS
GABRIEL NOONE is a writer whose recent separation from his partner JESS, is affecting his work as well as his popular late night radio show.

When Gabriel’s concerned editor gives him a manuscript to read, Gabriel starts a journey more extraordinary than any of the embellished life stories for which he is famous.

The book is written by PETE LOMAX, a sick 13 year-old boy, and recounts sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his parents. Gabriel is extremely moved by the book and is compelled to call the boy. They soon speak regularly and a fatherly friendship begins, with the loving support of Pete’s adoptive mother DONNA.

Jess is suspicious of this new friendship and suggests that Pete and Donna are in fact the same person. Gabriel is astounded by the suggestion, but it sows a seed of doubt, which sets him on a course to discover the truth.

Gabriel tracks Donna down, and it is obvious from the start that all is not what it seems. His desperate search for Pete bears little fruit, as Gabriel gets in trouble with the law and narrowly escapes death, leaving him with little doubt that Pete is a figment of Donna’s imagination.

He returns home scared about what Donna will do next, and when she turns up on his doorstep the mystery continues to twist and turn. Gabriel soon discovers the hidden truth behind Donna and Pete, and in the process helps himself confront some uncomfortable truths about his own life.

From the acclaimed author Armistead Maupin comes this tense and moving thriller about love, trust and the search for truth.

CREDITS
Director Patrick Stettner
Screenplay Armistead Maupin
Screenplay Terry Anderson
Screenplay Patrick Stettner
Based on the novel by Armistead Maupin
Producer Robert Kessel
Producer Jeffrey Sharp
Producer John N. Hart
Producer Jill Footlick
Executive Producer Michael Hogan
Executive Producer Armistead Maupin
Executive Producer Terry Anderson
Executive Producer Jonathan Sehring
Executive Producer Caroline Kaplan
Co- Producer Michael J. Werner
Co- Producer Wouter Barendrecht
Associate Producer Brett Williams
Associate Producer Nina Wolarsky
Line Producer Jamie Zelermyer
Director of Photography Lisa Rinzler
Editor Andy Keir
Production Designer Michael Shaw
Costume Designer Marina Draghici
Music Supervisor Linda Cohen
Original Music Peter Nashel
CAST
Robin Williams as Gabriel
Toni Collette as Donna
Joe Morton as Ash
Rory Culkin as Pete
Sandra Oh as Anna
ADDITIONAL INFO
Based on the best-selling novel by Armistead Maupin (TALES OF THE CITY), starring Robin Williams (GOOD WILL HUNTING, DEAD POETS SOCIETY), Toni Collette (MURIELS WEDDING, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), Rory Culkin, Sandra Oh(GREY'S ANATOMY), and Bobby Cannavale, a Hart Sharp Ent Production (YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, BOYS DON'T CRY)
 
Patrick Stettner  | director
Patrick Stettner grew up in New York City and completed his graduate studies at Columbia University. In 2001, he wrote and directed THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS‚ starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles, which played at numerous festivals including Sundance & Toronto. The film won several awards including the Paris Film Festival Jury Prize and Best First Feature at the San Francisco Film Festival.  Stockard Channing was nominated as the AFI Female Actor of the Year‚ and won the Best Actress award from the London Film Critics Circle.
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2006 THE NIGHT LISTENER
2001 THE BUSINESS OF STRANGERS
 
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