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That Good Night (2017)

| Drama | 2017 (USA)
Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter, is in his seventies and terminally ill. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and, secretly, to ensure he is not a burden to his wife, Anna, as he goes "into that good night".

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Eric Styles

Writers:

N.J. Crisp (based on the play), Charles Savage (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
John Hurt ... Ralph
Sofia Helin ... Anna
Max Brown ... Michael
Erin Richards ... Cassie
Charles Dance ... The Visitor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tiago Aldeia ... Mr. Suarez - The Hatter
Sonita Henry ... Dr. Ana Blasco
Noah Jupe ... Ronaldo
Eloise Juryeff Eloise Juryeff ... Dr. Dominique Pasquale (as Eloise Oliver)
Kjersti Kaasa Kjersti Kaasa ... Maternity Ward Nurse (as Katrin Kaasa)
Salvador Nery ... Dr. Gonzalez
Juana Pereira da Silva Juana Pereira da Silva ... Car Hire Rep (as Juana Pereira)
Joana Santos ... Joana
Marina Silva Marina Silva ... Stewardess at Airport
Amber Townsend ... Sophisticated client
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Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter, is in his seventies and terminally ill. He has two final missions: to be reconciled to his son, Michael, and, secretly, to ensure he is not a burden to his wife, Anna, as he goes "into that good night".

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Final theatrical movie of Sir John Hurt (Ralph). See more »

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An average night
30 May 2019 | by anthonyjlangfordSee all my reviews

Take away the mystique of this being John Hurt's last film and you're not left with anything substantial.

I'm not familiar with the age of the original play but the premise and themes explored such as mortality, parenthood, redemption excetera have become well used in recent years. Even decades.

Despite these heavy subject matters, it all feels rather thin on the ground. John Hurt and Charles Dance are both giants but they've been far better in many other films. Ironically they both appeared in the Alien series but not together. The short scenes they do share together however, are enjoyable.

For a more solid film on these subjects see Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, which is much better written, more subtle, better dialogue and more moving with powerhouse performances by Richard Harris and Robert Duvall. That was made 25 years before this, which is part of the issue. That Good Night feels thematically dated. At least in execution.

I really wanted to like this film far more than I did and despite it's lush photography, setting and music, it all felt a little cliche sadly. The last minute is quite moving but it's not enough to rescue the whole.


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2017 (USA) See more »

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Algarve, Portugal See more »

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GBP3,000,000 (estimated)

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$79,711
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