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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 »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 77 wins & 107 nominations See more »
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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:

Susan Bergeron ... Looky-Loo at Murder Scene (uncredited)

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)

John Franchi ... Bar Patron (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 ... Boston 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)

Victor Warren ... Police Detective (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
Juliet Loveland .... makeup artist (uncredited)
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 .... 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 .... re-recording mixer (as Michael Simanick)
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Gary Summers .... 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)
Zachary K. 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)
Location Management
Kokayi Ampah .... supervising location manager
Mark Fitzgerald .... assistant location manager
Luke Ramsey .... assistant location manager
Donovan Terranova .... assistant location manager
Brian Paul Carlson .... location assistant (uncredited)
Joe Gagnepain .... location assistant (uncredited)
Pam Jack .... location scout (uncredited)
Stephen L'Heureux .... location scout (uncredited)
Ptah Shabaf .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
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
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)
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)
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
Brenda Vivian .... set production aide
Chuck Webb .... set production aide
Todd Brendan .... stand-in: Sean Penn (uncredited)
Khadj Edison .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Kerum .... caterer (uncredited)
Stephen L'Heureux .... assistant to director (uncredited)
James MacDonald .... on-set medic (uncredited)
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Kim Quam .... set medic (uncredited)
Bill Richards .... helicopter pilot (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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Rated R for language and violence
138 min
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Forest Whitaker was the original choice for Whitey Powers and almost accepted, but had to back out due to other conflicts.See more »
Continuity: When Jimmy writes his name in the concrete, in the first shot the "J" is perfect and the "Y" is bigger than the rest of the letters. In the 2nd shot (when Sean is writing his name) the "J" is crooked and the "Y" is much smaller.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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199 out of 268 people found the following review useful.
Falls sort of greatness but superb nonetheless, 30 November 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

Lovers of great acting had best not pass up 'Mystic River,' Clint Eastwood's powerful, award-laden adaptation of Dennis Lehane's best-selling novel. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon play three working class Bostonians forever bound together by a mutual childhood tragedy that has since gone on to define the kind of people they've become and the kind of lives they've led. The film begins with a brief prologue as we see the three youngsters - Jimmy, Sean and Dave - out playing in the street one day, when they are confronted by a pedophile who, posing as a policeman, tricks one of them, Dave, into getting into the car with him and another man. Fast forward to the present as we pick up the trio as grown men who have, for all intents and purposes, gone their separate ways. Penn is Jimmy Markum, a former petty thief who spent two years in the slammer but who has since turned straight and now owns a neighborhood liquor store. When Jimmy's daughter from his first marriage turns up murdered, the three men's lives intersect in ways they could never have imagined. Bacon is Sean Divine, a homicide detective assigned to the case, and Robbins is Dave Boyle, a sporadically employed man who may be a prime suspect in the murder. Dave still lives with the trauma of that earlier soul-shattering experience, while Jimmy and Sean wrestle with why they managed to escape the cruel finger of fate that pointed so grimly at their hapless playmate. The film is about how the events of our early lives (and, in the case of Jimmy, it doesn't stop at this one incident) can end up coming back to haunt us later down the road.

The Brian Helgeland screenplay makes the pain that each of these men experiences vivid and palpable. The grief Jimmy feels over the loss of his beloved child, the psychological torment Dave suffers as a result of his abuse, and the bewilderment and loneliness Sean experiences from a failed marriage all become integral to this dark tale of bitterness, revenge and attempted healing. At times, we do find ourselves wishing that the script would concentrate less on the details of the murder investigation and more on the inner workings of the three main characters. Too often we feel as if we are only scratching the surface of the roiling psychological torment taking place deep in the bowels of these men. The plotting, particularly towards the end, often feels more contrived than it needs to be, with heavy-handed ironies and obtruding parallelisms that don't seem to know when to leave well enough alone. Laura Linney, as Jimmy's second wife, has a key Lady Macbeth moment late in the film that might have been effective had we been more fully prepared for it and had her character been more thoroughly developed throughout the course of the film. As it is, the scene seems to come out of nowhere and leaves us both bewildered and hanging.

Still, these are minor quibbles when it comes to a movie as finely acted and directed as this one is. Penn hits all the right notes as a man facing the worst experience life could possibly throw at a person - the murder of one's child - trying to make sense of a tragedy that defies any rational explanation. Robbins beautifully underplays the role of a man scarred forever by what happened to him in his youth, now endeavoring to function as an adult when he was robbed of any semblance of a childhood. Bacon is excellent as the man who attempts to put all the pieces together, not only of the case but of the shattered lives he and his two buddies have been living all these years, and Marcia Gay Harden is outstanding as Dave's loving wife who struggles with what is perhaps the greatest moral dilemma faced by any character in the movie. Linney, Lawrence Fishburne and Tom Guiry offer fine supporting performances.

As director, Eastwood allows his superb cast ample time to develop their characters, never hurrying the proceedings along and always allowing the conversations to play themselves out. He recognizes the quality of the material and feels no need to gussy it up with self-conscious camera angles or fancy editing. He also uses the bleak settings of blue collar Boston as an effective backdrop to the stark, chilly tale he is telling.

Perhaps it is just an odd coincidence that three of the very best movies of 2003 - '21 Grams,' 'The House of Sand and Fog' and 'Mystic River' - all suffer from the same tendency on the part of the filmmakers to move away from reality and towards melodrama and contrivance in the final act. Of the three, '21 Grams' and 'The House of Sand and Fog' are harmed less by this than 'Mystic River' because they have a somewhat deeper thematic base and richer character development than does the Eastwood film. Still, 'Mystic River' is a mighty impressive achievement for those who made it and a rich, memorable experience for those who see it.

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