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Release Date: November 13th, 2009

DVD Release Date: May 18th, 2010

R|1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary
After being injured in Iraq, soldier Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) returns home to finish the rest of his tour of duty in the Army's Casualty Notification service. Teamed with veteran officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), Will tries to come to terms with his own pain while dealing with the cold realities of his new mission. Will finds himself in the grip of an ethical problem when he becomes involved with Olivia (Samantha Morton), the widow of a fallen soldier.

Cast: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi, Michael Chernus, Halley Feiffer, Peter Friedman

Director: Oren Moverman

Genres: Drama, Romance, War

Distributors: Oscilloscope Pictures, Oscilloscope Pictures

Keywords: Engaging, Love, Office, Hospital, Soldier, Melodramatic, Sacrifice, House, Girlfriend, Transformation, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Moverman adopts a functional directing style that gives full rein to the actors' impressive performances. show more

  • For all the film's gritty verisimilitude, The Messenger is not the great Iraq War movie that Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" is. show more

  • Messengers with the worst possible message, they nonetheless manage to be human and alive, humorous and lively. In a film that itself bears such sad tidings about the costs of war, that is an affirming, even an inspiring, gift. show more

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Awards

Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture