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Shutter Island (2010)

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In 1954, 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

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Someone is missing. See more »


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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?


The movie's US $40.2 million opening weekend take in the United States marked a career best for director Martin Scorsese. It went on to gross over $293 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of his career. This was later surpassed by The Wolf of Wall Street. See more »


When Teddy brings his murdered children out of the water and the camera is on his face, You can see his wife in the background, leaning to the gazebo. In the next shot, she is not. See more »


[first lines]
Teddy Daniels: Pull yourself together, Teddy. Pull yourself together.
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Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as National Polish Radio Symphony)
Conducted by Antoni Wit (as Antonio Wit)
Courtesy of Naxos by arrangement with Source/Q
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Another Excellent Film by Scorsese...
16 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Really, Scorsese should just give it away for anyone. The man is one of the most brilliant directors of our time. Anyway, let me get to the actual movie; I just saw it at a early screening and have to write this while I'm thinking about how stunning it was. Shutter Island is certainly not a typical film, not even for Scorsese. It is a different take for the director, and he does it, as he does every film, perfectly, so much as to be in his own league of film-making. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say this: Shutter Island was completely unexpected, and a great start to 2010. It had all the components of a great film, and then some. The acting is spot on from every character; none of it seems forged or out of place. The script is fantastic; it has one of the most intriguing plots I have seen in a while (exception being Tarantino's Basterds). Everything, down to the set's lighting, was perfectly executed. I will say that not everyone will like this; Shutter Island, again, isn't your typical movie. To those, though, who do choose to see this film, be ready for a compelling, gripping, thought-provoking experience, so much so that you might think to see it again for further clarity (I know I will; it was so entertaining and my mind was blown!). Don't be surprised if you see this at the next Oscars...

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