Mystic River

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(out of 5)


Two kids watch their friend get kidnapped and come back a completely changed person after two years, then thirty years later are struck by another tragedy that is loosely tied to their traumatic experience. The audience is given what seems like the whole story when ‘s teenage daughter gets murdered the same night that the childhood kidnap victim () comes home covered in blood and tells his anxious wife () that he was attacked by a mugger who he then beat senseless and left for dead. Enter third friend , now a homicide detective, to investigate the girl’s murder while re-experiencing the painful memories of his youth. This Clint Eastwood-directed mystery is his most complex and atmospheric in years, featuring equally brilliant acting from the entire cast and some very powerful moments both touching and suspenseful. The eventual outcome, however, is a bit too blunt and the film wears too many of its emotional themes on its sleeve. With such an obvious ending, the film is satisfying but not in any way overwhelming enough to be memorable five minutes after it is over.


USA/Australia, 2003

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Clint Eastwood,

Music by Clint Eastwood

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2003


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Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Sean Penn as “Jimmy Markum”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tim Robbins as “Dave Boyle”)

Nominations
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Marcia Gay Harden as “Celeste Boyle”)
Best Directing (Clint Eastwood)
Best Picture (Robert Lorenz, Judie G. Hoyt, Clint Eastwood, producers)
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Brian Helgeland)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Sean Penn)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Tim Robbins)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Clint Eastwood)
Best Screenplay (Brian Helgeland)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (Sean Penn)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actor (Sean Penn)
Best Director (Clint Eastwood)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Director (Clint Eastwood)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (Sean Penn)
Best Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins)
Best Screenplay (Brian Helgeland)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Sean Penn)

Screen Actors Guild Award
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Tim Robbins)

Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Sean Penn)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Adapted Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Clint Eastwood)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Sean Penn)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Tim Robbins)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Laura Linney)
Best Screenplay – Adapted

European Film Award Nomination
Screen International Award

Cesar Award
Best Foreign Film

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Ensemble Cast

Nomination
Best Actor (Sean Penn)


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