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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)

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 .... 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)
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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The liquor store scene was shot at Costello's, a liquor store on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, next to Berklee College of Music. After filming, screen shots from that scene were placed in the front display windows. Costello's closed in January 2007.See more »
Continuity: When Dave comes out onto the porch to smoke he is startled by Jimmy and drops his match before lighting his cigarette. Cut back to Dave and the cigarette is lit.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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68 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Second time around, 8 November 2005
Author: Mattias Petersson from Stockholm, Sweden

I must admit that when i watched this movie for the first time i didn't really think that much of it. Sure the acting was amazing, but that was expected. But then something happened. I got a chance to read the book by Dennis Lehane and suddenly all the pieces fell into place. I watched the movie again and this time it was amazing.

I don't know how i should interpret how my feelings toward this movie changed after reading the book. Is it a good adaptation if i like it more after reading the book? Should a movie stand so well on it's own merits that the book is not necessary? I don't know myself, all i know is that it all became so much clearer after reading the book.

First of all the acting was amazing even the first time around. But still, after reading the book it was as if the characters gained one more level of depth. I have always felt that Tim Robbins is the true gem in this movie. His pained portrayal of the lost soul Dave Boyle is pure magic, seldom has an Oscar been so well deserved. Sean Penn is predictably great in his portrayal of Jimmy Markum. It's a difficult character, a person you really don't know what to think about. In one respect he is a worried father, in another respect he is a cold-blooded man with few things to like about him. The rest of the cast is solid, with Kevin Bacon the brightest star among them.

When it comes to the plot itself this was where much was changed from reading the book. The trick is not to watch this as a crime-drama. Rather it's a movie about behavioral patterns, about humans. What they are capable of and what dictates their actions. There are huge amounts of sadness and melancholy to this story. Of people unable to break out of the path it seems life has chosen for them. This i think didn't really break through to me that well when i watched the movie for the first time. But the book is much more clear on this and when i watched the movie again i saw it there as well.

In the end this is a triumph of two things really. First the great acting of some of the finest actors in Hollywood today, second the sensitive and thoughtful directing of Clint Eastwood. He manages to bring out Dennis Lehanes story in a way that is so understated and minimalistic at times i didn't even catch on the first time around. But if i look closely all the elements are there and it is truly a great adaptation as well as a great movie.

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