• Mystic River (2003)

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    To see strong acting like this is exhilarating. In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice their films in a dizzy editing rhythm, it is important to remember that films can look and listen and attentively sympathize with their characters. Directors grow great by subtracting, not adding, and Eastwood does nothing for show, everything for effect. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks up, messes with your head and then floors you. You can't shake it. It's that haunting, that hypnotic. show more

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Awards

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