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Mystic River -- Based on the best-selling novel by Dennis Lehane, the film follows three childhood friends who, 25 years after a tragic accident, reunited by a new murder investigation.
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Writers (WGA):
Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
Dennis Lehane (novel)
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Release Date:
15 October 2003 (USA) See more »
We bury our sins, we wash them clean. See more »
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Penn ... Jimmy Markum

Tim Robbins ... Dave Boyle

Kevin Bacon ... Sean Devine

Laurence Fishburne ... Whitey Powers

Marcia Gay Harden ... Celeste Boyle

Laura Linney ... Annabeth Markum

Kevin Chapman ... Val Savage

Tom Guiry ... Brendan Harris (as Thomas Guiry)

Emmy Rossum ... Katie Markum

Spencer Treat Clark ... Silent Ray Harris
Andrew Mackin ... John O'Shea

Adam Nelson ... Nick Savage

Robert Wahlberg ... Kevin Savage

Jenny O'Hara ... Esther Harris

John Doman ... Driver

Cameron Bowen ... Young Dave
Jason Kelly ... Young Jimmy

Connor Paolo ... Young Sean
T. Bruce Page ... Jimmy's Father (as Bruce Page)
Miles Herter ... Sean's Father

Cayden Boyd ... Michael Boyle

Tori Davis ... Lauren Devine

Jonathan Togo ... Pete

Shawn Fitzgibbon ... Funeral Director

Will Lyman ... FBI Agent Birden

Celine du Tertre ... Nadine Markum

Ari Graynor ... Eve Pigeon

Zabeth Russell ... Diane Cestra

Joe Stapleton ... Drew Pigeon
Susan Willis ... Mrs. Prior

José Ramón Rosario ... Lt. Friel (as Jose Ramon Rosario)

Tom Kemp ... CSS Tech
Charley Broderick ... Medical Examiner (as Charles Broderick)
Lonnie Farmer ... Lab Technician

Celeste Oliva ... Trooper Jenny Coughlin

Bates Wilder ... Loud Mouth Cop

Douglass Bowen Flynn ... Cop at Barricade

Bill Thorpe ... Neighbor at Barricade

Matty Blake ... Cop in Park
Ken Cheeseman ... Dave's Friend in Bar
Scott Winters ... Detective
Thomas Derrah ... Headstone Salesman
Jim Smith ... Reporter
Patrick Shea ... Handcuffed Man

Duncan B. Putney ... Solicitor in Car (as Duncan Putney)

Ed O'Keefe ... Communion Priest
Dave Zee Garison ... '75 Police Officer

Michael McGovern ... '75 Reporter
Bill Richards ... Helicopter Pilot
Michael Peavey ... Helicopter Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eric Bruno Borgman ... Murder Scene Spectator (uncredited)
Robin Brodsky ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Paul Bronk ... Detective (uncredited)
Joshua Brown ... Murder scene bystander (uncredited)

Kevin Conway ... Theo (uncredited)

Richard DeAgazio ... Church Family Member (uncredited)

James DeVoy ... Parade Patron (uncredited)
Sean Patrick Doherty ... Boston Cop (uncredited)
John Ferus ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Shawn Fogarty ... Murder Scene Spectator (uncredited)

Brian Frates ... State Police Detective (uncredited)
Gary Greenberg ... Innocent Bystander (uncredited)
Mackenzie Hawe ... Communion Child (uncredited)

Dean H. Huh ... Detective (uncredited)
Jon Joyce ... Man in Fight Scene (uncredited)

Mikey Kelley ... Walkie-Talkie (voice) (uncredited)

Colleen Kelly ... Boston Cop (uncredited)

Stephen Kyle ... Shopper (uncredited)
Adam LaFramboise ... Parade Spectator (uncredited)
Loy Lee ... Bus Boy (uncredited)
Paul McGillicuddy ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Brett Murphy ... Boy (uncredited)
Lance Norris ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mark O'Leary ... Baseball Player #1 (uncredited)
Stephen O'Neil Martin ... Boston Cop (uncredited)
Ryan Patrick ... School Boy (uncredited)
John Pungitore ... Worker (uncredited)
Seth Reich ... Cop (uncredited)

Frank Ridley ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Greg Stechman ... Parade Spectator (uncredited)

Anthony Taurasi ... Boston Cop (uncredited)

Sarah Jeanette Taylor ... Mourner (uncredited)
Jerry Trupiano ... Baseball Announcer (uncredited)
J.T. Turner ... Church Goer (uncredited)

Brian Van Kay ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Marc Vos ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Eli Wallach ... Mr. Loonie - Liquor Store Owner (uncredited)

Jillian Wheeler ... Sara Markum (uncredited)
Brian A. White ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Kris Williams ... Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
Writing credits
Brian Helgeland (screenplay)

Dennis Lehane (novel)

Produced by
Bruce Berman .... executive producer
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Judie Hoyt .... producer (as Judie G. Hoyt)
Robert Lorenz .... producer
Original Music by
Clint Eastwood 
Cinematography by
Tom Stern (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joel Cox (edited by)
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard 
Costume Design by
Deborah Hopper (costumes designed by) (as Roger Furse)
Makeup Department
Jerry DeCarlo .... hairstylist
Mary Ellen James .... makeup artist (as Maryellen James)
Tania McComas .... key makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hairstylist
Production Management
Tim Moore .... unit production manager (as Timothy Alan Moore)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katie Carroll .... second second assistant director
Melissa Cummins Lorenz .... second assistant director
Robert Lorenz .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anthony Aveta .... construction labor foreman
Margaret Cox .... art department coordinator
Ken Doyle .... on-set dresser (as Kenneth J. Doyle Jr.)
Jann K. Engel .... set designer (as Jann Engel)
Glen R. Feldman .... assistant property master
Paul W. Gorfine .... standby painter
Adrian Gorton .... set designer
Kirk D. Hansen .... paint foreman
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Muscarella)
Sandra Renfroe .... swing gang (as Sandi Armstrong-Renfroe)
Mike Rutgard .... swing gang (as Michael S. Rutgard)
Kenny Sanford .... construction general foreman
John Schacht .... leadperson (as John A. Schacht)
Theodore Suchecki .... construction foreman: Boston (as Ted Suchecki)
Dean Wilson .... property master
Bobby Anderson .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
James Champoux .... propmaker (uncredited)
Ralph Contrado .... scenic (uncredited)
Jack Coyle .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jennifer Engel .... set dresser (uncredited)
Julia Garrison .... painter (uncredited)
Jennifer Gerbino .... props (uncredited)
Jane Gulick .... property assistant (uncredited)
Paul Peabody .... carpenter (uncredited)
Beth Peterson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Eugene Pope .... carpenter (uncredited)
Eugene Pope .... welder (uncredited)
David Rotondo .... propmaker (uncredited)
Kenneth Salter .... carpenter (uncredited)
Robert Schleinig .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Bub Asman .... co-supervising sound editor
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Christopher Boyes .... sound re-recording mixer
William Cawley .... first assistant sound editor (as Bill Cawley)
Bradley Clouse .... second assistant sound editor
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... supervising dialogue editor
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor
Flash Deros .... boom operator
Joe Divitale .... foley editor (as Joseph DiVitale)
Kelly Doran .... sound utility
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
Juno J. Ellis .... adr supervisor
David Grimaldi .... sound effects editor
Andrea Horta .... adr editor
Eileen Horta .... adr editor
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Matthew C. May .... second assistant sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Sonny Pettijohn .... adr assistant editor
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Simanick)
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Gary Summers .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Wade Wilson .... sound design editor
Juno J. Ellis .... supervising adr editor (uncredited)
Sean England .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Blu Murray .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
George Peterson Jr. .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Mark Purcell .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Karen Spangenberg .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tyler Stephens .... additional sound utility (uncredited)
Carl D. Ware .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
H. Barclay Aaris .... special effects
Steve Riley .... special effects coordinator (as Steven Riley)
Dominic V. Ruiz .... special effects
William 'Billy Jack' Jakielaszek .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Liz Radley .... video and graphics supervisor
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Max Gabl .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Brad Kalinoski .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital (uncredited)
Darin McCormick-Millett .... digital opticals producer (uncredited)
James D. Tittle .... digital visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Bob Wiatr .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Paul Marini .... stunts (as Paul Michael Marini)
John Vincent Mason .... stunts
Norm McLean .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... steadicam operator
Bill Coe .... first assistant: camera
Scott D. Davis .... rigging gaffer
Ross Dunkerley .... chief lighting technician
John Lacy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant: camera (as Robert A. McMahan)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam
Shayna Ritenour .... camera loader (as Shayna N. Ritenour)
Charles Saldana .... key grip (as Charles Sadaña III)
T. Daniel Scaringi .... rigging grip
Doug Wall .... best boy grip (as Douglas L. Wall)
Charles W. Wayt .... dolly grip (as Chuck Wayt)
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer (as Merie W. Wallace)
Woody Bell .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Jason Bowen .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Buzzy Burwell .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Mark J. Casey .... rigging electric best boy (uncredited)
Brian Corbett .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Shawn Greene .... grip (uncredited)
Dan Hutchinson .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Brendan Keefe .... electrician (uncredited)
Zach Lazar .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Tim Metivier .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Philip A. Reilly .... electrician (uncredited)
Daryl Richardson .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Wayne Simpson .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Bruce D. Spellman .... grip (uncredited)
Andrew Towne .... electrician (uncredited)
Bill Trautvetter .... camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Olivia Harris .... casting associate
Carolyn Pickman .... extras casting
Carolyn Pickman .... location casting
Mary L. Agnes .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Matt Bouldry .... location casting assistant: Boston (uncredited)
Geoffrey Miclat .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Jodi Purdy-Quinlan .... extras casting assistant: Boston (uncredited)
Leslie Sellers .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Callahan .... set costumer
Ann Culotta .... set costumer
Lynda Foote .... costume supervisor
Parrish Kennington .... costume ager/dyer (uncredited)
Mem MacAfee .... costumer (uncredited)
Deborah Newhall .... costumer (uncredited)
Julie Shack .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Cipriano .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Gary Roach .... assistant editor (as Gary D. Roach)
Music Department
Kyle Eastwood .... composer: additional music
Donald Harris .... music editor
Patrick Hollenbeck .... orchestrator
Gennady Loktionov .... special arrangements
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
Shawn Murphy .... score recordist
Lennie Niehaus .... conductor
Lennie Niehaus .... orchestrator
Craig Pettigrew .... assistant music editor
Bruce Ricker .... music consultant
Michael Stevens .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Larry Stelling .... transportation captain (as Larry L. Stelling)
Denise Avallon .... driver (uncredited)
Dillin Craig .... driver (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Jennifer McGaffigan .... transportation office coordinator (uncredited)
William O'Brien .... driver (uncredited)
Alana Stelling .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kokayi Ampah .... supervising location manager
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Michael Bilog .... assistant accountant (as Michael I. Bilog)
Robert Cable .... assistant production accountant
Beth Carey .... production aide
Ken Dubinski .... liaison: Massachussets State Police (as Lt. Ken Dubinski)
Ashaki 'Saki' Fenderson .... set production aide (as Ashaki {Saki} Fenderson)
Mark Fitzgerald .... assistant location manager
Jason Gondek .... production accountant (as Jason S. Gondek)
Susan Grennan .... set production aide
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Mark David Katchur .... project coordinator (as Mark D. Katchur)
Don Kincade .... set production aide (as Donald A. Kincade)
Micki Krimmel .... set production assistant
Mable Lawson-McCrary .... script supervisor
Deana Lou .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Bonnie E. Mackie .... studio teacher (as Bonnie Mackie)
Robert L. Manning .... technical advisor: Massachussets State Police (as Det. Robert L. Manning)
Karri Mayo .... studio teacher
Jennifer McGaffigan .... production aide
Christine M. Michalosky .... liaison: Boston Police Department
Adam Monahan .... production aide
Blu Murray .... production aide
Greg Newman .... production aide
Scooter Perrotta .... set production aide
Liz Radley .... video & graphics supervisor (as Elizabeth Radley)
Luke Ramsey .... assistant location manager
Nadia Randazzo Bombino .... assistant accountant (as Nadia Randazzo)
Stephani Ritenour .... set production aide
Michael Roccuzzo .... payroll accountant
Jenniphur Ryan .... production secretary
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator (as Karen E. Shaw)
Michelle St. Clair .... production aide
Jody Steiner .... technical advisor: sign language
Traci Tateyama .... assistant production coordinator
Donovan Terranova .... assistant location manager
Brenda Vivian .... set production aide
Chuck Webb .... set production aide
Brian Paul Carlson .... location assistant (uncredited)
Khadj Edison .... production assistant (uncredited)
Joe Gagnepain .... location assistant (uncredited)
Pam Jack .... location scout (uncredited)
Tony Kerum .... caterer (uncredited)
Stephen L'Heureux .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Stephen L'Heureux .... location scout (uncredited)
James MacDonald .... on-set medic (uncredited)
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Todd Poudrier .... stand-in: Sean Penn (uncredited)
Kim Quam .... set medic (uncredited)
Bill Richards .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Ptah Shabaf .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Tyrel Ventura .... set assistant: Sean Penn (uncredited)
Stephanie M. Webster .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Bryan Farrell Wilson .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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138 min
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The studio executives at Warner Brothers wanted Clint Eastwood to shoot the film in Toronto, Canada to save money. Eastwood refused and pushed to have the film completely shot in Boston where the film is set.See more »
Factual errors: When Dave is watching Vampires (1998), scenes are shown out of order.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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159 out of 232 people found the following review useful.
Long Live the King?, 12 February 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

After three eleven year-olds from a close-knit lower middle class Boston suburb undergo a tragic experience where one is abducted and abused for four days, their lives diverge. The abducted one never overcomes the emotional trauma, another begins a life of crime, and the third becomes a cop. None ever venture very far from the neighborhood. When tragedy strikes again, their lives are gradually brought back together on a collision course that leads to some unexpected results.

Mystic River is a surprisingly dark film, with a controversial denouement. It is masterfully directed, acted, shot, edited, lit and scored. It is a mostly humorless and occasionally difficult realist drama, that will undoubtedly affect most viewers emotionally in a variety of ways--you may cry, you may become angry with at least one character and the lack of just deserts, and you may find it a bit depressing, although producer/director/composer Clint Eastwood and scripter Brian Helgeland do through in a relatively minor glimmer of hope/happiness at the very end.

Not that I tend to agree with awards organizations, but it should be no surprise that Mystic River has fine acting. A bulk of its many awards and nominations, including two Oscar victories, were for on screen performances. What is less recognized is the positive effect that the locations, cinematography, lighting and score have on the atmosphere of the film. Kokayi Ampah found the perfect, generic, metropolitan lower middle class neighborhoods, buildings and bars. It could be any slightly depressing, but maybe about to gentrify, suburb of Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, or any number of at least Northeastern and Midwestern U.S. cities. Tom Stern's cinematography is continually, subtly inventive. Just check out the shot of Sean Penn where shadows from a railing form symbolic jail bars on the wall behind him. The lighting tends to the late 1990s/early 2000s look that is more monochromatic and leaning-towards blue. There are a lot of well-placed shadows, often creating a chiaroscuro look. Eastwood's score is understated but very effective. And how can you not like a film where three sexy girls dance on top of a bar to jazz fusion?

The story is absorbing. There is an unexpected (to me, at least--I try to watch films the first time knowing as little about them as possible) mystery angle that is effectively sustained until almost the end. I haven't read Dennis Lehane's novel yet, but I just ordered it after seeing the film--the film piqued my interest enough to want to explore more. But the most interesting part of the story to me, at least, was the extremely gray depiction of Penn's character, Jimmy Markum. Markum is revealed to be largely criminal, and not quite likable in his attitude towards his daughter (he doesn't respect her individuality, even though she's actually an adult). Yet at the same time, he is compared by at least one character to a "king", and in many ways, he is treated as one in the neighborhood. This may or may not be meant more metaphorically by the character saying it, but it is possible to read much of the film as being about a traditional king trying to live in modern day metropolitan suburbia. In some historical and cultural contexts, surely Markum's behavior in the film would have a more noble sheen, including his "mistake". This is perhaps why poetic justice never arrives, and instead, the character is seen as contented, with his queen and court by his side, being regaled with a parade instead. In modern contexts, many kings' behavior would not be so noble, and instead we'd notice more the injustices done to the peasantry and sympathize with them. Markum's character cannot be depicted more literally as royalty, as if he were far removed from the socio-economic status of the film's peasantry (although we find out eventually that he has more money to spare than most folks in his neighborhood), because it would be instead read as a moral tale of economic disparity as is exists solely in modern times. Putting everyone on a level playing field, more or less, is the only way to create a parable of how kings would be perceived, solely in terms of their decisions and actions, in our era.

Of course, there is more to the film than that, and it's not the only interpretation possible (in fact, it probably seems very left field to many readers), but it's worth pointing out not only as something literally interesting to contemplate, but to show the kind of storytelling depth that is contained in Mystic River--a film you should not miss.

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