Mystic River

Release Date: October 15th, 2003

DVD Release Date: June 8th, 2004

R |2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

When the daughter (Emmy Rossum) of ex-con Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn) is murdered, two of his childhood friends from the neighborhood are involved. Dave (Tim Robbins), a blue-collar worker, was the last person to see her alive, while Sean (Kevin Bacon), a homicide detective, is heading up the case. As Sean proceeds with his investigation, Jimmy conducts one of his own through neighborhood contacts. Eventually, Jimmy suspects Dave is the culprit and considers taking the law into his own hands.

Cast: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Kevin Chapman, Tom Guiry

Director: Clint Eastwood

Genres: Drama , Crime drama

Production Co: Malpaso Company, Village Roadshow Prod.

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: 1970s , 2000s , Mystery , Murder , Quest , Daughter , Bar , Investigation , Wife , Friendship , Intense , Police station , Brooding , Revenge , Dark , Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    So incrementally does Eastwood's film build toward what seems like an inevitable resolution that when it concludes, you're sucker-punched. You haven't been watching a police procedural, but a Greek tragedy. You haven't been watching a drama about the catharsis of vigilantism, but sitting vigil for a community diminished, and permanently damaged, by violence. show more

  • 40
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    If this death-obsessed drama is a classic, then give me potboiling life.

  • 70
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Arguably Eastwood's most ambitious film since his multi-Oscar winner, "Unforgiven." But it lacks the power and depth of that film's dynamic script by David Webb Peoples. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2004)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)