In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Teddy Daniels
Mark Ruffalo ... Chuck Aule
Ben Kingsley ... Dr. Cawley
Max von Sydow ... Dr. Naehring
Michelle Williams ... Dolores
Emily Mortimer ... Rachel 1
Patricia Clarkson ... Rachel 2
Jackie Earle Haley ... George Noyce
Ted Levine ... Warden
John Carroll Lynch ... Deputy Warden McPherson
Elias Koteas ... Laeddis
Robin Bartlett ... Bridget Kearns
Christopher Denham ... Peter Breene
Nellie Sciutto ... Nurse Marino
Joseph Sikora ... Glen Miga (as Joe Sikora)
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Storyline

In 1954, 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 thinks he's 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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Some places never let you go. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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

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To give his cast members an idea of how this movie would be stylistically, Martin Scorsese screened Out of the Past (1947) and Vertigo (1958) for his cast and crew. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Teddy and Chuck are standing on the deck of the boat. Teddy lights a cigarette and clearly has a wedding ring on his finger. The next shot shows him with his left hand resting on the rail with no ring. The following shot once again he is wearing the ring and is doing so through the rest of the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Teddy Daniels: Pull yourself together, Teddy. Pull yourself together.
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Referenced in Entourage: Play'n with Fire (2008) See more »

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On the Nature of Daylight
(2004)
Written & Performed by Max Richter
Mixed by Robbie Robertson
Courtesy of Fat Cat Records
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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I can't look away...
16 April 2010 | by dvc5159See all my reviews

Finally, a horror/thriller that actually, genuinely scares the crap out of you. Not because it has fancy villains in masks or sadistic buckets of gore throughout. No, it scares you because it messes with your mind. Most will hate this movie, they don't like their brains being tampered with. I loved it. It's what we needed after all those gory R-rated and sometimes lame-duck PG-13 horror crap-fests.

The horror/thriller genre has been raped lately, with gore and scantily clad- women replacing the noir and terror that Alfred Hitchcock perfected in the '50s and '60's. Here director Martin Scorsese delivers in full blast, crafting a thriller in his own unique vision. The atmosphere throughout the movie is tense and unsettling. Slow as it may be, but it is crucial to the movie and it's genuinely gripping. Your attention WILL not be lost. The scenery is beautiful and finely done with no excessive lighting, grain or darkness. The editing by Thelma Schoonmaker is fluid and pitch-perfect, and never makes the film lose focus. The movie is based on a book by Dennis Lehane and is packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless and uneasy. The movie cranks the breathlessness and uneasiness up to the power of 5. The music is also perfectly suited with the scenes. There is sometimes no music during suspenseful moments, and sometimes the music makes the scene even more disturbing and memorable. Alfred Hitchcock's noirish thriller style is back with a vengeance, here to teach today's moviegoers the REAL meaning of suspense and horror.

All the actors in the movie are in top-form. Once again, you can't go wrong with a Leonardo DiCaprio/Martin Scorsese collaboration. As the protagonist, we the audience are thrust into his shoes and we are about as confused and scared as his character is, we feel what he feels. It becomes a psychological trip that poses many, many questions about oneself, that to discuss them here would spoil the entire movie. There are some flashbacks in the movie, but all of them are important clues to DiCaprio's character. DiCaprio gives a stunning performance, once again tempting the Academy to give him another Best Actor nomination. DiCaprio gives a vivid portrayal of a vulnerable, haunted and ultimately terrified man. Apart from DiCaprio there's really not much I can say about the supporting cast, because they are all also terrific. Ben Kingsley; Mark Ruffalo; Michelle Williams; Max Von Sydow; Jackie Earle Haley; Emily Mortimer; Patricia Clarkson; Ted Levine; Elias Koteas; John Carroll Lynch. All of them.

In short, this is a psychological and frightening masterpiece that will make you scared, will make you think, and will make you seek psychological help. This is one of the best films of the year. See it, go in with an open mind and prepare to be blown away.

Overall value: 9/10.


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Release Date:

19 February 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,062,440, 21 February 2010

Gross USA:

$128,012,934

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,805,697
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