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Mystic River (2003)

Director: Clint Eastwood     Starring: Tim Robbins Kevin Bacon Sean Penn
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40241690
UPC: 085392772124
UPC 14: 00085392772124
Rating: Game Rating Code
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We bury our sins, we wash them clean.
Friends who grew up in working-class boston, who drifted apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events will reconnect them.

"Two thumbs way up!  Ebert & Roeper
"Mystic River is classic Eastwood, classic noir.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The performances are uniformly remarkable.  Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer
"Mystic River is a historic achievement, a work of art, an extraordinary film.  The New Yorker

Editor's Note
In Clint Eastwood's MYSTIC RIVER, a murder mystery in South Boston unites three men who have been friends since childhood. Grippingly powerful performances from the entire cast--Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, and Laura Linney--combined with gritty photography, an exceptionally emotional script, and a convincing working-class Boston setting make this film one of Eastwood's most consistent and penetrating works.

Though they live in the same houses where they grew up, Jimmy (Penn), Dave (Robbins), and Sean (Bacon) have drifted apart over time. Their distance is due to a disturbing and violent episode that occurred when they were children. Even now, as adults married with kids, they have never managed to overcome their fear and guilt about what happened. Dave and his wife (Harden) still live next door to Jimmy, who is married to a tough-sexy blond (Linney) and has three daughters. When Jimmy's 19-year-old girl is murdered, he turns to Sean, who works as a policeman, and delivers an ultimatum: find the killer fast or I'll go after him myself. Little do they know, the culprit is the last person they'd ever suspect.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Ingram Micro
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 138 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 27721
Video UPC UPC: 00085392772124
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Mystic River - DVD Review
By: Sean O'Connell DVD Reviews
Published on: 1/22/2010 9:44 PM
From a storytelling standpoint, River actually is Eastwood's most ambitious project in years, with multiple subplots growing like weeds in an untended patch. It opens on the streets of a worn-down Boston neighborhood, and cautiously tiptoes through a horrific act that bonds three young ruffians in a pact of anger and fear. Flashing forward 30-odd years, the film catches us up with the boys-turned-men. Naturally they haven't left the neighborhood, though they've all taken completely opposite paths. Dave (Tim Robbins), a husband and father, stumbles and mumbles through life with the awareness of the barstools he frequents. Sean (Kevin Bacon) works as a homicide detective. And Jimmy (Sean Penn), also a father, runs a legitimate alcohol distribution company but barely hides his criminal past or ties to the neighborhood the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adam Nelson
Video Cast Info Kevin Bacon
Video Cast Info Kevin Chapman
Video Cast Info Laura Linney
Video Cast Info Laurence Fishburne
Video Cast Info Marcia Gay Harden
Video Cast Info Sean Penn
Video Cast Info Tim Robbins
Video Cast Info Tom Guiry
Video Cast Info Brian Helgeland - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Producer
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Director
Video Cast Info Dennis Lehane - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Henry Bumstead - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Joel Cox - Editor
Video Cast Info Judie Hoyt - Producer
Video Cast Info Kyle Eastwood - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Robert Lorenz - Producer
Video Cast Info Tom Stern - Cinematographer


Oscar (2004)
Video Award Name Sean Penn, Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role
Video Award Name Tim Robbins, Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Clint Eastwood, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Robert Lorenz, et al., Nominee, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Marcia Gay Harden, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Brian Helgeland, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Golden Globe (2004)
Video Award Name Sean Penn, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Video Award Name Tim Robbins, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...MYSTIC RIVER is a dark masterpiece that can stand with UNFORGIVEN. It takes a piece out of you..." 10/16/2003 p.94

Entertainment Weekly
"...Magnificent....Eastwood directs MYSTIC RIVER with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie..." 10/10/2003 p.97-8

"...The real strength of MYSTIC RIVER is what's underneath the story -- the hearts and souls of the characters which are fearlessly and thoroughly plumbed by the cast..." 11/01/2003 p.22-4

Total Film
"...Brian Hegeland's script and Eastwood's controlled direction strike just the right balance, giving the actors room to work -- Penn's brimming rage is terrifying, his pain heartbreaking..." 11/01/2003 p.98

Los Angeles Times
"MYSTIC RIVER is a major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic human emotions..." 10/08/2003 p.C1

USA Today
"...Brooding and bursting with ambition that is substantially fulfilled..." 10/03/2003 p.1E

Sight and Sound
"...Its care lies in performance, tone and theme....Eastwood's tone is mournful, autumnal..." 12/01/2003 p.47-8

Film Comment
"[P]owerful..." 01/01/2004 p.45

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
Getting the tone right for such a complex, genre-crossing story is a tricky thing, but Eastwood mast

Los Angeles Times 10 of 10
A major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic - Kenneth Turan

Rolling Stone 10 of 10
Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks u - Peter Travers

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
To see strong acting like this is exhilarating. In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice the - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Penn,Sean
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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