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The Messenger (I) (2009)

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An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

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While on a recent deployment to Iraq, US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is injured when an improvised explosive device goes off within close proximity to him. He is back in the States recovering from the more serious of those injuries, including one to his eye and leg. He has resumed a sexual relationship with his long time girlfriend Kelly, despite the fact that she is now engaged to another man who Will knows. With the few months Will has left in his enlistment, the army assigns him to the Casualty Notification Team in his area. Not having a background in counseling, psychology or grief management, he is unsure if he is well suited to this job. He is partnered with a career soldier, Captain Tony Stone, who teaches Will the precise protocol involved in the job. Tony tells Will, who quickly learns by on the job experience, that this job has its own dangers. As Will learns to adapt to the range of emotions of the next of kin, he is unprepared for the reaction of Olivia Pitterson, ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$44,523 (USA) (13 November 2009)

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$1,108,684 (USA) (7 May 2010)
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The scene where Will and Olivia speak to each other in her kitchen is eight minutes long and was shot in one take. Oren Moverman allowed actors to improvise in certain scenes. See more »

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(at around 1 min) Capt. Tony Stewart and SSGT Will Montgomery enter the house and sit on the couch without removing their caps. See more »

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Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery: We walk into these people lives, we don't know shit.
Captain Tony Stone: Trust me... you don't wanna know.
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Walls Between
Written by Daniel Livingston Jr.
Performed by Loosely Tightly
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The Messenger sticks with you
1 June 2010 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I'm normally pretty hesitant about watching movies that have to do with war, but I'm glad that I chose to watch The Messenger. The movie took a completely different stance than what I'm used to when watching a movie about war. I never really thought about the people that had to deliver the message about a loved one that died in the military, and the way the story is told made me really care for the characters and feel for Harrelson's and Foster's characters and the important job that they have to perform. I would never want to have to do their job, but I truly respect the people that have to perform that job on a daily basis.

Harrelson, Foster and Samantha Morton put on really powerful performances that I honestly believed. And the rest of the cast did a fine job, as well. The emotion was so intense that I could feel it, and I easily got sucked into the story. It was a powerful movie that really made me think about the hardships in a sincere and thoughtful way. Overall, I enjoyed the film and I will continue recommending it to all my friends because I think everybody should watch it at least once. The story sticks with you long after you finish watching the movie.


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