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Mystic River (2003)

 -  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 loses a daughter.

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Childhood friends Jimmy Markum, Sean Devine and Dave Boyle reunite following the death of Jimmy's oldest daughter, Katie. Sean's a police detective on the case, gathering difficult and disturbing evidence; he's also tasked with handling Jimmy's rage and need for retribution. Written by mmg

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


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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Río místico  »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$309,755 (Japan) (16 January 2004)

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

When Jimmy Markum is drinking whiskey with Celeste Boyle the cap of the bottle is alternately on/off between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

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Semper Fidelis
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by a marching band near the end
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Mystic River is a well acted and well directed American classic.
24 August 2004 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

When I finally got to watch Mystic River, I was mesmerized by the acting of the ensemble cast. I watched this movie twice, alone and again with my husband. The content of the movie is relevant in any time frame. Upon watching it the second time I noticed "small" things that tied the movie and its characters together. Forgiveness, no I would not classify any of the characters as forgiving. It is very clear that Dave probably never receive counseling for the unspeakable crime done to him as a boy, Jimmy never really let go of his "on edge nerve" and Sean remains the responsible friend but not afraid to face life's messes. To watch a human drama unfold with such sad consequences and heavy retribution on one hand and little to no retribution on the other hand is a depiction that life is not always fair and some of us receive the bounty of life, while others get the smaller piece of pie.

This movie was well acted and well directed. I will never forget Sean Penn's portrayal of Jimmy in this star ensemble cast.


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