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Overview - Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time for this adaptation of SHUTTER ISLAND, a novel by Dennis LeHane (MYSTIC RIVER). The film opens in 1954 as World War II veteran and current federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), ferry to Shutter Island, a water-bound mental hospital housing the criminally insane.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up for a fourth time for this adaptation of SHUTTER ISLAND, a novel by Dennis LeHane (MYSTIC RIVER). The film opens in 1954 as World War II veteran and current federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), ferry to Shutter Island, a water-bound mental hospital housing the criminally insane. They have been asked to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a patient admitted to the asylum after she murdered her three children. As Teddy quizzes Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), the head of the institution, he begins to suspect that the authorities in charge might not be giving him the whole truth, and that a terrible fate may befall all the patients in spooky Ward C -- a unit devoted to the most heinous of the hospital's inmates. Complicating matters further, Teddy has a secret of his own -- the arsonist who murdered his wife is incarcerated on Shutter Island. Driven to confront his wife's killer, and stranded on the island because of a hurricane, Teddy must unravel the secrets of the eerie place before succumbing to his own madness. Max von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, and Jackie Earle Haley round out the supporting cast.

Cast List

Jackie Earle Haley - American actor, LITTLE CHILDREN
Max Von Sydow - Swedish actor, director, THE EXORCIST
Max von Sydow - Swedish actor, director, THE EXORCIST
Martin Scorsese - American director/screenwriter/producer, GOODFELLAS (1990)
Emily Mortimer - Actress
Laeta Kalogridis - Screenwriter
Patricia Clarkson - American actress
Ben Kingsley - British actor, GANDHI/SCHINDLER'S LIST
Krishna Banji - British actor, GANDHI/SCHINDLER'S LIST
Sir Ben Kingsley - British actor, GANDHI/SCHINDLER'S LIST
Mark Ruffalo - Actor
Dennis Lehane - Author, MYSTIC RIVER (2003)
Leonardo DiCaprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Leonardo Di Caprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Michelle Williams - American actress, DAWSON'S CREEK television series
Mike Medavoy - producer, THE SIXTH DAY
Arnold Messer - Producer, ALL THE KING'S MEN, (2006)
Bradley J. Fischer - Producer
Chris Brigham - executive producer
Gianni Nunnari - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Louis Phillips - Executive producer
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
Robbie Robertson - Composer/Musician
Jaime Robbie Robertson - Composer/Musician
Thelma Schoonmaker - Editor, CASINO (1995)

 
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  • UPC: 883929303076

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Thriller
Theatrical Release
1950s
Islands
Based On A Novel

 
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Reviews:
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Scorsese the craftsman chips away at reality piece by piece....There are thrilling visuals in SHUTTER ISLAND..." - 02/17/2010 Chicago Sun-Times


3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s a period piece set in the mid 1950s, a time of major shifts in the treatment and diagnosis of mental illness, the film situates itself in the realities of the era's cinema..." - 02/17/2010 Box Office


"It's technically masterful, as only a film by visionary director Martin Scorsese can be....The production design by Dante Ferretti is impeccable." - 02/19/2010 USA Today


"[The story] morphs into full-on psychological horror....Scorsese renders his hero's nightmares in vivid Technicolor flashbacks and dream sequences that insistently bleed into reality..." -- Grade: A- - 02/18/2010 A.V. Club


"Kingsley and von Sydow bring their smooth confidence to bear on their roles as institution big shots, while Jackie Earle Haley and Patricia Clarkson score in their individual big scenes." - 02/13/2010 Variety


"SHUTTER ISLAND is the cinematic equivalent of a Joseph Cornell box, a world of appropriated ingredients given new meaning through their combination and juxtaposition." - 02/19/2010 Wall Street Journal


"In SHUTTER ISLAND, director Martin Scorsese has created a divinely dark and devious brain tease of a movie in the best noir tradition..." - 02/19/2010 Los Angeles Times


"SHUTTER ISLAND is a remarkable high-wire act, performed without a net and exploiting all the accumulated skills of a consummate artist. It dazzles and provokes." - 02/13/2010 Hollywood Reporter


"A post-traumatic allegory whose potency is only deepened by it final turn of the screw, SHUTTER ISLAND is most successful in manifesting physically the condition of emotional chaos and mental fracture." - 02/17/2010 Movieline


"The movie does have a pay-off....And it works, shiveringly well." -- Grade: B - 02/26/2010 Entertainment Weekly


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film's labyrinth." - 02/18/2010 Rolling Stone


4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n impeccably assembled genre thriller from Martin Scorsese that lets the Oscar-winning filmmaker pay painstaking homage to the Hollywood film noirs of the '40s and '50s." - 02/12/2010 Total Film


4 stars out of 5 -- "SHUTTER ISLAND offers sumptuous, enthralling, shivery gothic filmmaking with a hardboiled heart and a sly line in asylum humour." - 03/19/2010 Empire


3 stars out of 4 -- "A taut and stylish thriller with a twist ending that might surprise some....Martin Scorsese takes time away from crafting epics to make this fun and spooky thriller in the vein of CAPE FEAR..." - 06/07/2010 Premiere

 
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