The Good Night

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The Good Night
The Good Night Promotional Movie Poster (United States)
Directed by Jake Paltrow
Produced by Donna Gigliotti
William J. Johnson
Written by Jake Paltrow
Starring Martin Freeman
Penélope Cruz
Gwyneth Paltrow
Simon Pegg
Danny DeVito
Music by Alec Puro
Cinematography Giles Nuttgens
Edited by Rick Lawley
Distributed by Yari Film Group
Release date
  • January 25, 2007 (2007-01-25) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05) (United States)
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

The Good Night is a 2007 romantic comedy film written and directed by Jake Paltrow. The film stars his sister Gwyneth Paltrow, Penélope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Danny DeVito, Simon Pegg and others. The movie takes place in London and New York City, where a former pop star (Freeman) who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis.

The movie was released on the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.


The movie follows a man's search for perfection in a world where life rarely measures up to the idealized images that constantly bombard us. Gary Shaller (Freeman), who gained commercial success in previous years as the keyboard player in the fictional band "On The One". He is in a failing marriage with Dora (Gwyneth Paltrow), and working for his former band mate Paul (Simon Pegg), writing and recording commercial jingles. Gary eventually discovers that he is having lucid dreams about a glamorous woman named Anna (Penélope Cruz), with whom he is deeply infatuated. He aims to learn more about lucid dreaming by buying books and even attending classes taught by an eccentric lucid-dreaming enthusiast, Mel (Danny DeVito).

Gary eventually discovers that the girl he dreams about does, in fact, exist. Paul arranges for Gary to meet her, but this proves disappointing, as she fails to live up to the expectations that Gary has built up in his dreams of her. He eventually continues to dream about her, and even soundproofs his apartment, and makes other efforts to be able to sleep longer, so that he can remain with Anna for longer periods of time. Eventually, feeling as though he is betraying Dora, he attempts to go back to her.


Actor Role
Martin Freeman Gary
Gwyneth Paltrow Dora
Penélope Cruz Anna
Danny DeVito Mel
Simon Pegg Paul
Amber Rose Sealey Terry
Skye Bennett Ballerina Girl
Michael Gambon Alan Weigert
Lucy DeVito -
Keith Allen -
Jarvis Cocker Himself
Amanda Abbington Vivian


The production filmed at Capel Manor Guest Pavilion in Kent to shoot the scenes at the house in Gary's dreams where he meets Anna.[1]


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