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Shutter Island (2010)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  19 February 2010 (USA)
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A U.S Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.



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It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Someone is missing.


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 February 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ashecliffe  »

Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,062,440 (USA) (19 February 2010)


$127,968,405 (USA) (4 June 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was originally commissioned as a directing vehicle for Wolfgang Petersen. However, there were considerable modifications made to Dennis Lehane's novel in order to create a more action-driven blockbuster. See more »


When Teddy is talking to Dr. Naehring and Dr. Cawley in the office, Teddy's belt is sticking out in front of his jacket in one shot and behind his jacket in another, this happens several times. See more »


[first lines]
Teddy Daniels: Pull yourself together, Teddy. Pull yourself together.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jude Law/Pearl Jam (2010) See more »


Written by John Adams
Performed by 'B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra' (as BBC Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by John Adams
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Of all the movies in theatres to see, this is worth your time
17 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw Shutter Island this evening, just prior to its American release. I have to say this film was full of intrigue. Prior to viewing this film I had built a preconceived notion of what this thriller was going to be like because I was fooled yet again by good marketing when watching the trailer. This is probably not the movie for your average film-goer who wants an easy plot line to follow and little thought required. This movie does challenge the viewer physchologically and definitely holds your attention all the way through. For someone who was never much of a Leonardo fan, his performance is brilliant, so much range to his character. In fact all of the acting in this film is excellent. The directing is probably the best quality to this film. I always enjoy watching a film that is as unpredicatable as this film and where the director has turned the plot line on to his viewer.

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