Mystic River

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Friends who grew up in working-class boston, who drifted apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events will reconnect them.


Studio Ingram Micro
SKU 40241690
UPC 085392772124
UPC 14 00085392772124
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Murder Investigations
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Premiere "...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
Clint Eastwood
Tim Robbins
Kevin Bacon
Sean Penn
Cast & Crew
Adam Nelson - Actor
Brian Helgeland - Screenplay
Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Clint Eastwood - Producer
Clint Eastwood - Original Music By
Clint Eastwood - Director
Dennis Lehane - Based On Novel By
Henry Bumstead - Production Designer
Joel Cox - Editor
Judie Hoyt - Producer
Kevin Bacon - Actor
Kevin Chapman - Actor
Kyle Eastwood - Original Music By
Laura Linney - Actor
Laurence Fishburne - Actor
Marcia Gay Harden - Actor
Robert Lorenz - Producer
Sean Penn - Actor
Tim Robbins - Actor
Tom Guiry - Actor
Tom Stern - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 27721
UPC 00085392772124
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Oscar (2004) Sean Penn, Winner, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Tim Robbins, Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Clint Eastwood, Nominee, Best Director,Robert Lorenz, et al., Nominee, Best Picture,Marcia Gay Harden, Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role,Brian Helgeland, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Golden Globe (2004) Sean Penn, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Tim Robbins, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Getting the tone right for such a complex, genre-crossing story is a tricky thing, but Eastwood mast
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review A major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic
Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks u
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review To see strong acting like this is exhilarating. In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice the
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Penn,Sean
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ebert & Roeper Two thumbs way up!
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Mystic River is classic Eastwood, classic noir.
Robert Wilonsky, Dallas Observer The performances are uniformly remarkable.
The New Yorker Mystic River is a historic achievement, a work of art, an extraordinary film.

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