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Mystic River (2003)

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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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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

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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15 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Río místico  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$90,135,191 (USA) (21 May 2004)
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Sean Penn and Tim Robbins won Oscars for best actor and best supporting actor respectively. This is the first film since Ben-Hur (1959) to win both of these awards. This feat was achieved previously by Going My Way (1944) and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and later by Dallas Buyers Club (2013). See more »

Goofs

The Cantab Lounge is a folk and bluegrass club in Cambridge, between Harvard and MIT. It is highly unlikely that Boston police would congregate there on any night, much less grab a drink there. See more »

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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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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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Semper Fidelis
(1888) (uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by a marching band near the end
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Classic Eastwood
14 November 2003 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

This movie is a good study in human nature and fate. Eastwood has always tried to haze the line between a good guy and the things a person does to define him as such. His good guys do so much bad and his bad guys do so much good that we are often left pondering what we see in his movies. Mystic River will take your imagination and patience to the limit. Mystery, intrigue and suspense are superbly blended for a home run.


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