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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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Crew or equipment visible: When Markum and family are leaving the first communion and they see police cars fly past the church, the shadow of the camera falls across Markum's back as it moves around him.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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69 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
to rank among the 5 best movies made in 2003, 23 April 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

Let's say it straight away: before "Mystic River" (2003), Clint Eastwood's last works had left me a little unsatisfied; particularly "Blood Work" (2002), a watchable thriller with a certain charm but without great originality. But the following year, with "Mystic River", he made a sensational comeback and quite obviously this movie, which critically and commercially gave a boost to his career is his most accomplished since "Unforgiven" (1992).

By watching "Mystic River" one can feel that Clint Eastwood, more than ever put a lot of effort into the elaboration of his movie. From a subtle screenplay written by Brian Helgeland who shows that he is a far better scriptwriter than director (as far as I'm concerned, I hated the rather insipid "A Knight's Tale" 2001), Eastwood develops an absorbing and ingenious directing which contributes in weaving a shady and even stifling by moments atmosphere. On another extent, Eastwood takes back a way that had worked for him in "Blood Work": favoring calm and patience. And indeed, on an unhurried pace, the film-maker takes all his time to shot the evolution of this detective story. More important, he made this choice for another reason: to do a thorough psychological study of the three main characters. The basis of "Mystic River" consists in a classic detective investigation (nevertheless passionating in its construction) doubled with a relevant description of the three main protagonists.

To watch "Mystic River" is like to find oneself on the edge of a forest and to disappear into it. The more the movie progresses, the more we discover three heart-broken characters because they are linked by dark events. First, Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn). We learn that he has flirted with violence and has spent a few years in jail but he seems to have become a well-behaved man: he works in a grocery store and regularly goes to church. But the death of his daughter crushed him and he is determined to avenge her. Then, Sean Divine (Kevin Bacon) who appears as a reliable and lucid cop but whose private life is hell: he experienced a failed marriage and his wife keeps on harassing him day and night. At last, Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins), a broken father who underwent a deep traumatic experience (he was kidnapped and raped by two men who claimed to be priests). The consequences are terrible: he can't communicate anymore, he can't defend himself anymore and he wanders like a ghostly figure in the streets of his neighborhood. As a matter of fact, this traumatic scene is at the root of the three characters' misfortunes. Being the very first sequence of the movie, it sets the tone of Clint Eastwood's 24th movie. It presents Jimmy, Sean and Dave playing in a street. The sky is gray, the houses of the neighborhood are bare and austere. The ball which disappears through the manhole may symbolize the loss of childhood. Then, a big black car arrives. One of the men gets out and claims to be a priest (or does he?). He orders Dave to go into the car and the latter drives away. This moment will haunt the three boys for the rest of the lives and will deeply influence their personality. Roughly, "Mystic River" demonstrates in a conclusive way how such a past dramatic event can influence our present lives.

In virtually all the critics I have read, "Mystic River" was hailed for its cast. It's true that Penn, Bacon and Robbins rank among the best American actors of their generation and I think we will never thank Eastwood enough for having reunited them. By giving a lot of depth to their respective characters, one can feel that they were giving their all, which can explain why the movie was shot in a rather short time (39 days). They may even never battle their dazzling performances. And the rest of the cast is just as equal as the whole, especially the actresses whose female characters have an important role in the story since they influence (unconsciously or not) their husbands' actions and characters.

To a third degree, Eastwood's major work is also used to denounce the deceptive superficiality of the appearances, the omnipresence of violence and the credulity of many inhabitants. The film opens with an overview of the neighborhood but doesn't show yet that it is devastated by violence. No matter what the time is. Violence is omnipresence and the fact that it touches younger generations proves that it isn't ready to subside.

At last, let's also congratulate Eastwood for the remarkable music he has signed himself with his son. With this music, simplicity rhymes with efficiency. One has just to listen to a few notes to feel an intense emotion inside us.

In the middle of all these qualities, there are just minor faults. So, Bacon is a tormented cop due to his disastrous marriage and however, we really don't know what went wrong with his wife. Is it Dave's kidnapping? Is it his trying job? This point remains ambiguous. Ambiguous is also the adjective that suits the best to qualify the end of the film. What can mean the gesture Bacon makes to Penn? But these two points let freely the way to any possible interpretation.

The contribution of the crew in Eastwood's work is total and so is my enthusiasm for "Mystic River". If you haven't seen it yet, go and watch it. You won't regret it. At the age of 73 years old, "grandad" Clint Eastwood is still in great form and given the recent triumph of "Million Dollar Baby" (2004), he seems to have decided to bring the house down again in the landscape of American cinema for our greatest pleasure.

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