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Plot, Details & Awards

Mystic River

Rated R for language and violence.

R In Theaters 10/8/2003 , 137min.
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Plot & Details

Directed by Clint Eastwood, the mysterious drama Mystic River is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and adapted by screenwriter Brian Helgeland. Set in an Irish neighborhood in Boston, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave are three childhood friends who are reunited after a brutal murder takes place. Reformed convict Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn) and his devoted wife Annabeth (Laura Linney) find out that their teenage daughter Katie (Emmy Rossum) has been beaten and killed. Jimmy's old friend Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) is the homicide detective assigned to the case, along with partner Whitey Powers (Laurence Fishburne). Jimmy also gets his relatives, the Savage brothers (Adam Nelson and Robert Wahlberg), to conduct an investigation of their own. Jimmy and Sean both start to suspect their old pal, Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins), who lives a quiet life with his wife Celeste (Marcia Gay Harden) but harbors some disturbing secrets. Clint Eastwood won a Golden Coach for Mystic River at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Robert Lorenz Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Sean Penn Won
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Brian Helgeland Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Judie G. Hoyt Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Clint Eastwood Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Tim Robbins Won
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Clint Eastwood Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Marcia Gay Harden Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Tim Robbins Won
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Sean Penn Won
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Brian Helgeland Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Clint Eastwood Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Cannes Film Festival In Competition Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Sean Penn Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Director Clint Eastwood Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Brian Helgeland Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Tim Robbins Won
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Marcia Gay Harden Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Directors Guild of America Best Director Clint Eastwood Nominated

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Film Clint Eastwood Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Clint Eastwood Won
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor - Runner-up Sean Penn Won

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