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The Messenger (2009)

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An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

Director:

Oren Moverman
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Foster ... Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery
Jena Malone ... Kelly
Eamonn Walker ... Colonel Stuart Dorsett
Woody Harrelson ... Captain Tony Stone
Yaya DaCosta ... Monica Washington (as Yaya Dacosta)
Portia ... Mrs. Burrell
Lisa Joyce ... Emily
Steve Buscemi ... Dale Martin
Peter Francis James ... Dr. Grosso
Samantha Morton ... Olivia Pitterson
Paul Diomede Paul Diomede ... Motorcycle Cop
Jahmir Duran-Abreau Jahmir Duran-Abreau ... Matt Pitterson
Gaius Charles ... Recruiter Brown
Brendan Sexton III ... Recruiter Olson
Brian Adam DeJesus ... Teenager #1 (as Brian DeJesus)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Co-writer and director Oren Moverman had wanted to have a scene with Will (Ben Foster) and Tony (Woody Harrelson) singing a song but couldn't decide which song to sing, and settled on "Home on the Range" after hearing the song being played from an ice cream truck while scouting locations. This is then paid homage to after Will's first notification when he's sitting in Will's car and an ice cream truck passes by playing "Home on the Range". See more »

Goofs

Montgomery wears an armor crest as his branch insignia and also wears a Combat Infantry Badge. Since his branch insignia crest represent that he is an armor crewman and not infantry, he should not be wearing a Combat Infantry Badge. Only the infantry can wear a Combat Infantry Badge after being awarded the badge while in combat. See more »

Quotes

Captain Tony Stone: Men are the ones that try harder to keep it together. They also can hurt you.
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Connections

Features Criminal Minds (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Hands Up
Performed by Plive (as P-Live)
Written by Christian Salyer, Isaiah Perkins
Published by Engine Co. 30/4tian Music/Engine Co. 35/4tian2 Music
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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An Emotional Look Into the Psychological Effects of War
6 January 2010 | by Lepidopterous_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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,523, 15 November 2009

Gross USA:

$1,109,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,595,417
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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