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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15 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Río místico  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$90,135,191 (USA) (21 May 2004)
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Sean Penn, Marcia Gay Harden and Tim Robbins; and two Oscar nominees: Laurence Fishburne and Laura Linney. See more »

Goofs

When Sean and his partner are in the car talking about how the gun used in the liquor store hold-up by Just Ray relates to the murder, Sean is seen loosening his tie and unbuttoning the top button of his shirt in the car. When they cut to a reverse shot (with the camera on Sean's side of the car) his tie and shirt are done up again. The shot is reversed again as Sean is seen getting out of the car and proceeds loosens his tie while outside the car this time. 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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Written by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
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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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