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Mystic River
- Sean Penn

Overview - In Clint Eastwood's MYSTIC RIVER, a murder mystery in South Boston unites three men who have been friends since childhood. Grippingly powerful performances from the entire cast--Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, and Laura Linney--combined with gritty photography, an exceptionally emotional script, and a convincing working-class Boston setting make this film one of Eastwood's most consistent and penetrating works.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In Clint Eastwood's MYSTIC RIVER, a murder mystery in South Boston unites three men who have been friends since childhood. Grippingly powerful performances from the entire cast--Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, and Laura Linney--combined with gritty photography, an exceptionally emotional script, and a convincing working-class Boston setting make this film one of Eastwood's most consistent and penetrating works. Though they live in the same houses where they grew up, Jimmy (Penn), Dave (Robbins), and Sean (Bacon) have drifted apart over time. Their distance is due to a disturbing and violent episode that occurred when they were children. Even now, as adults married with kids, they have never managed to overcome their fear and guilt about what happened. Dave and his wife (Harden) still live next door to Jimmy, who is married to a tough-sexy blond (Linney) and has three daughters. When Jimmy's 19-year-old girl is murdered, he turns to Sean, who works as a policeman, and delivers an ultimatum: find the killer fast or I'll go after him myself. Little do they know, the culprit is the last person they'd ever suspect.

Awards:
2003 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
2003 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner

Cast List

Lennie Niehaus
Clint Eastwood - American actor/director, THE GOOD, THE BAD.../UNFORGIVEN
Kevin Bacon - Omnipresent American actor, FOOTLOOSE, MYSTIC RIVER
Sean Penn - Actor, Director
Tom Stern - Director/Screenwriter
Laurence Fishburne - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Larry Fishburne - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Laurence Fishburne III - American Actor, BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991), THE MATRIX (1999)
Tim Robbins - American Actor/Director, BOB ROBERTS (1992)
Judie G. Hoyt - Producer, MYSTIC RIVER (2003)
Brian Helgeland
Bruce Berman - executive producer
Dennis Lehane - Author, MYSTIC RIVER (2003)
Robert Lorenz - Producer, MYSTIC RIVER (2003)
Marcia Gay Harden - Oscar winning american actress, POLLOCK
Laura Linney - Actress

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 138
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929096237
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: July 2012

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Murder
Cops
Police
Theatrical Release
Crime
Murder Investigations
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
Theatrical Release Date: October 8, 2003 (LIMITED) October 15, 2003 (NATIONAL)

Reviews:
"...MYSTIC RIVER is a dark masterpiece that can stand with UNFORGIVEN. It takes a piece out of you..." - 10/16/2003 Rolling Stone, p.94


"...Magnificent....Eastwood directs MYSTIC RIVER with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie..." - 10/10/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.97-8


"...The real strength of MYSTIC RIVER is what's underneath the story -- the hearts and souls of the characters which are fearlessly and thoroughly plumbed by the cast..." - 11/01/2003 Premiere, p.22-4


"...Brian Hegeland's script and Eastwood's controlled direction strike just the right balance, giving the actors room to work -- Penn's brimming rage is terrifying, his pain heartbreaking..." - 11/01/2003 Total Film, p.98


"MYSTIC RIVER is a major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic human emotions..." - 10/08/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...Brooding and bursting with ambition that is substantially fulfilled..." - 10/03/2003 USA Today, p.1E


"...Its care lies in performance, tone and theme....Eastwood's tone is mournful, autumnal..." - 12/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.47-8


"[P]owerful..." - 01/01/2004 Film Comment, p.45

 
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