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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$1,108,684 (USA) (7 May 2010)
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First film directed by Oren Moverman. See more »

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SSG Montgomery should have at least two service stripes on his left sleeve, in addition to the missing Overseas Service Bars. Each service stripe denotes 3 years of service and he'd likely have at least 2 of them. 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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Frankie's Gun
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Written by Gregory Farley, Ian Felice, James Felice, Simone Felice,
Josh Rawson
Performed by The Felice Brothers
Published by Red Hot International Publishing Company, LLC
Courtesy of Team Love Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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An Emotional Look Into the Psychological Effects of War
6 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Messenger has incredible acting by Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, and Samantha Morton.

The film has a curious flow to it. It begins predictable, yet remains engaging, exposing a heart-breaking consequence of war no family wants to face. Although the news remains the same, emotions run just as deep at each door. Every scene is handled marvelously through subtle performances by the actors. As the film unfolds, the viewer sinks into the complex characters on screen, discomforted by the internal struggles that slowly surface.

The Messenger is a non-linear, character-driven film with exceptional performances but might not be for everyone.


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