Little Noises

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Little Noises
Little Noises dvd cover.jpg
Directed byJane Spencer
Produced byBrad M. Gilbert, Michael Spielberg
Written byJane Spencer, Jon Zeiderman
StarringTatum O'Neal
Crispin Glover
Nina Siemaszko
Tate Donovan
Matthew Hutton
Gianin Loffler
Steven Schub
Cathy Haase
Rik Mayall
John C. McGinley
Carole Shelley
Carolyn Farina
Barry Papick
CinematographyMakoto Watanabe
Edited byErnie Fritz
Mike DePrez
Mike Murphy
Distributed byMonument Pictures
Release date
  • April 24, 1992 (1992-04-24)
Premiered in Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, and was also in competition at Goteborg Festival in Sweden, and at the Wine Valley Festival.
Running time
110 min.

Little Noises is a 1992 dramedy film directed by Jane Spencer. The movie was released on June 1, 1992 in the United States and stars Crispin Glover as an awkward and unsuccessful writer who achieves fame after stealing the poetry of a deaf man.[1] Little Noises was initially intended to be released straight to video but was given a theatrical release by Monument Pictures.[2]


Joey (Crispin Glover) is an awkward young man who is unsuccessful in his career as a writer. In order to impress his girlfriend Stella (Tatum O'Neal), Joey steals the poetry of Marty (Matthew Hutton) a deaf poet. Not only does Joey succeed, but he also manages to sign with literary agent Mathias (Rik Mayall). While Joey is successful, it comes as the cost of Marty's own happiness and the man quickly falls into a deep depression and becomes homeless. Fame quickly goes to Joey's head and as he feels little guilt over the theft or loyalty to his friends and girlfriend, he breaks off communication with all of them.



Little Noises premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the main competition, and also was screened in competition at Goteborg, in Sweden, and at the Wine Valley Festival, California. The Los Angeles Times gave the film a mostly positive review, noting that while it had "a few flaws" the film was ultimately "a promising debut film filled with talent and feeling", calling Glover's performance 'virtuosic'.[3] The Chicago Tribune was less positive and they commented that while they enjoyed Glover's performance, the film "drifts through a number of ill-defined, unnecessary sequences-including scenes involving Nina Siemaszko as a pretty girl with a crush on Joey, and John C. McGinley as the true poet`s drug-dealing brother-before it arrives at its surprisingly bleak conclusion."[4] The Chicago Sun-Times wrote a mostly negative review, stating that while the film had some highlights they also felt that the film's subplot was "pretentious" and "overreaching".[5] The Austin Chronicle gave it a very positive review, calling it 'brilliant'.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Little Noises". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  2. ^ The Hollywood Reporter (1991). The Hollywood Reporter. 1992. p. 207.
  3. ^ WILMINGTON, MICHAEL. "MOVIE REVIEW : Crispin Glover Virtuosic in 'Little Noises'". LAT. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  4. ^ Kehr, Dave. "Strange `Little Noises` A Good Fit For Crispin Glover". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  5. ^ Sachs, Lloyd (July 3, 1992). "Crispin's Schtick Adds Up to `Little'". Chicago Sun-Times (subscription required). Archived from the original on June 11, 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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