2003   USA Mystic River
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Director:Clint Eastwood
Studio:Warner Brothers
Writer:Dennis Lehane, Brian Helgeland
IMDb Rating:8.0 (150,072 votes)
Awards:Won 2 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 62 nominations
Genre:Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Duration:138 min
Clint Eastwood  ...  (Director)
Dennis Lehane, Brian Helgeland  ...  (Writer)
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
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
Tom Stern  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: We bury our sins, we wash them clean.

Summary: Superior acting, writing, and direction are on impressive display in the critically acclaimed Mystic River, Clint Eastwood's 24th directorial outing and one of the finest films of 2003. Sharply adapted by L.A. Confidential Oscar-winner Brian Helgeland from the novel by Dennis Lehane, this chilling mystery revolves around three boyhood friends in working-class Boston--played as adults by Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, and Kevin Bacon--drawn together by a crime from the past and a murder (of the Penn character's 19-year-old daughter) in the present. These dual tragedies arouse a vicious cycle of suspicion, guilt, and repressed anxieties, primed to explode with devastating and unpredictable results. Eastwood is perfectly in tune with this brooding material, giving his flawless cast (including Laura Linney, Marcia Gay Harden and Laurence Fishburne) ample opportunity to plumb the depths of a resonant human tragedy, leading to an ambiguous ending that qualifies Mystic River for contemporary classic status. --Jeff Shannon

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