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Mystic River (2003)

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The lives of three men who were childhood friends are shattered when one of them has a family tragedy.

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Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Brian Helgeland (screenplay), Dennis Lehane (novel)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 54 wins & 142 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Jimmy Markum
Tim Robbins ... Dave Boyle
Kevin Bacon ... Sean Devine
Laurence Fishburne ... Whitey Powers
Marcia Gay Harden ... Celeste Boyle
Laura Linney ... Annabeth Markum
Kevin Chapman ... Val Savage
Tom Guiry ... Brendan Harris (as Thomas Guiry)
Emmy Rossum ... Katie Markum
Spencer Treat Clark ... Silent Ray Harris
Andrew Mackin Andrew Mackin ... John O'Shea
Adam Nelson ... Nick Savage
Robert Wahlberg ... Kevin Savage
Jenny O'Hara ... Esther Harris
John Doman ... Driver
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Storyline

In the summer of 1975 in a neighborhood in Boston, three kids, Dave Boyle and two of his friends, Jimmy Markum and Sean Devine, are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets abducted by two men and endures several days of sexual abuse. Eventually, Dave escapes traumatized throughout adulthood. Jimmy (Sean Penn) is an ex-con and a father of three, whose daughter Katie (Emmy Rossum), is found dead, and Dave (Tim Robbins) becomes the number one suspect. Sean (Kevin Bacon) is a homicide detective, investigating Katie's murder, ends up finding himself faced with past and present demons as more is uncovered about Katie's murder. Learning Katie had a boyfriend, ballistics later turn up a gun belonging to the father, which then puts her boyfriend as the suspect. Will Sean find out who killed Katie? Will Jimmy make it through the investigation? And will Dave ever find out what really happened when he was abducted? Written by michigans_finest

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The river has many depths. Let it wash over you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystic River See more »

Filming Locations:

Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$640,815, 12 October 2003

Gross USA:

$90,135,191

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,595,191
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The cast includes three Oscar winners: Sean Penn, Marcia Gay Harden, and Tim Robbins; and two Oscar nominees: Laurence Fishburne and Laura Linney. See more »

Goofs

The type of license plate on the car driven by the "cops" in the opening scene, which takes place in 1974 was not used in Massachusetts until the mid-1990s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Radio Announcer #1: ...before the end of the season last year, and then re-injured it in spring training on a terrific game-saving play. You know, I was talking with...
Sean's Father: What time is this going on?
Jimmy's Father: 7:30 is the pre-game.
Sean's Father: Who'd you say was pitching tonight?
Jimmy's Father: Tiant's pitching.
Sean's Father: Goddamn Cuban, man. He can hurl it.
Jimmy's Father: I'd hate to be facing him.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Logos at the beginning of the film, are not animated. They are both coloured Grey and stay in the middle of the screen. See more »

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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Black Emerald Blues
Written by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
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User Reviews

 
Tightly wound drama
9 June 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Mystic River" centers on a murder investigation involving three men - all friends as boys from a Boston working class neighborhood - who have taken different directions through life. One is an excon (Penn) whose daughter was murdered. Another is the homicide investigator (Bacon) who is assigned to the case. The third is an emotionally damaged man (Robbins) who is suspect. Eastwood has imbued this novel adaptation with his signature blend of grit and humanness and created a forum for high intensity drama superbly executed by the principals, most notably Penn, who wrestle with roots, regrets, recrimination, revenge, reconciliation, and much more. With plaudits from all corners, "Mystic River" is a must see for drama junkies, fans of the players, etc. (A-)


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