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Mystic River (2003)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  15 October 2003 (USA)
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With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Harris (as Thomas Guiry)
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In the summer of 1975 in a neighborhood in Boston, 3 kids, Dave Boyle and two of his friends, Jimmy and Sean, are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets abducted by two men and endures several days of sexual abuse. Eventually, Dave escapes traumatized throughout adulthood. Jimmy is an ex-con and a father of three, whose daughter Katie, is found dead and Dave becomes the number one suspect. Sean is a homicide detective, investigating Katie's murder, ends up finding himself faced with past and present demons as more is uncovered about Katie's murder. Learning Katie had a boyfriend, ballistics later turn up a gun belonging to the father, which then puts her boyfriend as the suspect. Will Sean find out who killed Katie? Will Jimmy make it through the investigation? And will Dave ever find out what really happened when he was abducted? Written by michigans_finest

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The river has many depths. Let it wash over you. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Río místico  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$640,815 (USA) (10 October 2003)


$90,135,191 (USA) (21 May 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Sean Penn and Tim Robbins's only previous feature together - Dead Man Walking (1995) - both were respectively Oscar-nominated as Best Actor and Best Director. On this one, both were victorious as actors. See more »


In the neighborhood parade scene, the school marching band is not in step with the band music we hear, or even instep with each other. See more »


[first lines]
Radio Announcer #1: ...before the end of the season last year, and then re-injured it in spring training on a terrific game-saving play. You know, I was talking with...
Sean's Father: What time is this going on?
Jimmy's Father: 7:30 is the pre-game.
Sean's Father: Who'd you say was pitching tonight?
Jimmy's Father: Tiant's pitching.
Sean's Father: Goddamn Cuban, man. He can hurl it.
Jimmy's Father: I'd hate to be facing him.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Logos at the beginning of the film, are not animated. They are both coloured Grey and stay in the middle of the screen. See more »


Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: Shutter Island (2010) See more »


Semper Fidelis
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by a marching band near the end
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Simply stunning
27 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a kick in the gut. Rarely is such a brilliant cast assembled, and even when it happens, rarely do they act like this. Tom Guiry (very impressive), Tim Robbins and Sean Penn show emotion that directors don't often stick in. And it comes off flawlessly. During a scene with Marcia Gay-Harden and Tim Robbins crying in their kitchen, there is an energy coming off of the screen that strikes you right in the chest. Which is really the way the whole movie works. It grabs you and shakes you, and makes you watch even when it can be painful to do so. The only reason that this film didn't win best picture is Return of the King. Any other year, and Mystic River has it. Eastwood's finest moment. Check it out--you won't be disappointed.

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