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Mystic River (2003)

We bury our sins, we wash them clean.

Original Title : Mystic River
Director : Clint Eastwood
Writer : Dennis Lehane
Brian Helgeland
Genre : Drama
Crime/Mystery
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Bruce Berman , Clint Eastwood , Judie Hoyt , Robert Lorenz
Music : Clint Eastwood
Kyle Eastwood
Photography : Tom Stern
Distributor : Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language and violence.
IMDB ID : 0327056
Official site : http://mysticrivermovie.warnerbros.com/
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Starring

Sean Penn Jimmy Markum
Tim Robbins Dave Boyle
Kevin Bacon Sean Devine
Laurence Fishburne Sgt. 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 John O'Shea
Adam Nelson Nick Savage
Robert Wahlberg Kevin Savage
Jenny O'Hara Esther Harris
John Doman Driver
Cameron Bowen Young Dave
Jason Kelly Young Jimmy
Connor Paolo Young Sean
T. Bruce Page Jimmy's father (as Bruce Page
Miles Herter Sean's father
Cayden Boyd Michael Boyle
Tori Davis Lauren Devine
Jonathan Togo Pete
Shawn Fitzgibbon Funeral director
Will Lyman FBI Agent Birden
Celine du Tertre Nadine Markum
Ari Graynor Eve Pigeon
Zabeth Russell Diane Cestra
Joe Stapleton Drew Pigeon
Susan Willis Mrs. Prior
José Ramón Rosario Lt. Friel (as Jose Ramon Rosario
Tom Kemp CSS tech
Charley Broderick Medical Examiner (as Charles Broderick
Lonnie Farmer Lab technician
Celeste Oliva Trooper Jenny Coughlin
Bates Wilder Loudmouthed cop
Douglass Bowen Flynn Cop at barricade
Bill Thorpe Neighbor at barricade
Matty Blake Cop in park
Ken Cheeseman Dave's friend in bar
Scott Winters Detective
Thomas Derrah Headstone salesman
Jim Smith Reporter
Patrick Shea Handcuffed man
Duncan Putney Solicitor in car
Ed O'Keefe Communion priest
Dave Zee Garison '75 police officer
Michael McGovern '75 reporter
Bill Richards Helicopter pilot
Michael Peavey Helicopter pilot
Andrew Blesser Sibling (uncredited
Eric Bruno Borgman Murder scene spectator (uncredited
Paul Bronk Detective (uncredited
Kevin Conway Theo (uncredited
Sean Patrick Doherty Boston cop (uncredited
Brad R. Douglas Boston cop (uncredited
Scott Dow Man at bar (uncredited
John Ferus Pedestrian (uncredited
Shawn Fogarty Murder scene spectator (uncredited
Brian Frates State Police Detective (uncredited
Bill Gould Man in bar (uncredited
John Joyce Fight scene (uncredited
Mikey Kelley Dispatcher (uncredited
Adam LaFramboise Parade Spectator (uncredited
Brett Murphy Boy (uncredited
Lance Norris Bartender (uncredited
Stephen O'Neil Martin Boston cop (uncredited
John Pungitore Worker (uncredited
Frank Ridley Detective (uncredited
Anthony Taurasi Boston cop (uncredited
Jerry Trupiano Baseball Announcer (uncredited
Brian Van Kay Police detective (uncredited
Eli Wallach Mr. Loonie, Liquor Store Owner (uncredited
Jillian Wheeler Sara Markum (uncredited
Brian White State Trooper (uncredited
Kris Williams Spectator (uncredited
 

Plot

Summer, 1975: in a tight blue-collar Boston neighborhood, three kids are playing when one is abducted and sexually abused for several days. Jump ahead: the victim, Dave, is haunted by memories and protective of his own son. Jimmy's an ex-con, father of three. Sean is a homicide detective, estranged from his pregnant wife. When Jimmy's teen daughter dies, Sean investigates, Dave's a suspect, and Jimmy vows to find the killer before the cops. The dead girl has a boyfriend whose long-missing father has a history with Jimmy. The boyfriend's a suspect, and when ballistics turns up a link to a gun owned by the young man's father, the case breaks. In the background, wives move events along.
 

Comments

Falls sort of greatness but superb nonetheless, 30 November 2004 Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States Lovers of great acting had best not pass up 'Mystic River,' Clint Eastwood's powerful, award-laden adaptation of Dennis Lehane's best-selling novel. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon play three working class Bostonians forever bound together by a mutual childhood tragedy that has since gone on to define the kind of people they've become and the kind of lives they've led. The film begins with a brief prologue as we see the three youngsters - Jimmy, Sean and Dave - out playing in the street one day, when they are confronted by a pedophile who, posing as a policeman, tricks one of them, Dave, into getting into the car with him and another man. Fast forward to the present as we pick up the trio as grown men who have, for all intents and purposes, gone their separate ways. Penn is Jimmy Markum, a former petty thief who spent two years in the slammer but who has since turned straight and now owns a neighborhood liquor store. When Jimmy's daughter from his first marriage turns up murdered, the three men's lives intersect in ways they could never have imagined. Bacon is Sean Divine, a homicide detective assigned to the case, and Robbins is Dave Boyle, a sporadically employed man who may be a prime suspect in the murder. Dave still lives with the trauma of that earlier soul-shattering experience, while Jimmy and Sean wrestle with why they managed to escape the cruel finger of fate that pointed so grimly at their hapless playmate. The film is about how the events of our early lives (and, in the case of Jimmy, it doesn't stop at this one incident) can end up coming back to haunt us later down the road.The Brian Helgeland screenplay makes the pain that each of these men experiences vivid and palpable. The grief Jimmy feels over the loss of his beloved child, the psychological torment Dave suffers as a result of his abuse, and the bewilderment and loneliness Sean experiences from a failed marriage all become integral to this dark tale of bitterness, revenge and attempted healing. At times, we do find ourselves wishing that the script would concentrate less on the details of the murder investigation and more on the inner workings of the three main characters. Too often we feel as if we are only scratching the surface of the roiling psychological torment taking place deep in the bowels of these men. The plotting, particularly towards the end, often feels more contrived than it needs to be, with heavy-handed ironies and obtruding parallelisms that don't seem to know when to leave well enough alone. Laura Linney, as Jimmy's second wife, has a key Lady Macbeth moment late in the film that might have been effective had we been more fully prepared for it and had her character been more thoroughly developed throughout the course of the film. As it is, the scene seems to come out of nowhere and leaves us both bewildered and hanging.Still, these are minor quibbles when it comes to a movie as finely acted and directed as this one is. Penn hits all the right notes as a man facing the worst experience life could possibly throw at a person - the murder of one's child - trying to make sense of a tragedy that defies any rational explanation. Robbins beautifully underplays the role of a man scarred forever by what happened to him in his youth, now endeavoring to function as an adult when he was robbed of any semblance of a childhood. Bacon is excellent as the man who attempts to put all the pieces together, not only of the case but of the shattered lives he and his two buddies have been living all these years, and Marcia Gay Harden is outstanding as Dave's loving wife who struggles with what is perhaps the greatest moral dilemma faced by any character in the movie. Linney, Lawrence Fishburne and Tom Guiry offer fine supporting performances.As director, Eastwood allows his superb cast ample time to develop their characters, never hurrying the proceedings along and always allowing the conversations to play themselves out. He recognizes the quality of the material and feels no need to gussy it up with self-conscious camera angles or fancy editing. He also uses the bleak settings of blue collar Boston as an effective backdrop to the stark, chilly tale he is telling.Perhaps it is just an odd coincidence that three of the very best movies of 2003 - '21 Grams,' 'The House of Sand and Fog' and 'Mystic River' - all suffer from the same tendency on the part of the filmmakers to move away from reality and towards melodrama and contrivance in the final act. Of the three, '21 Grams' and 'The House of Sand and Fog' are harmed less by this than 'Mystic River' because they have a somewhat deeper thematic base and richer character development than does the Eastwood film. Still, 'Mystic River' is a mighty impressive achievement for those who made it and a rich, memorable experience for those who see it.
 
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