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At Theaters: 10/10/2003 On Video: 6/8/2004
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 20 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419959
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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Nothing much ever happened when they were kids growing up in a rough section of Boston. That is, until Dave was forced to take the ride that would change all of their lives forever. Twenty-five years later, the three find themselves thrust back together by another life altering event – the murder of Jimmy’s 19-year-old daughter.
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Drama - This is a dark, slow-moving drama geared toward adult audiences. Those looking for action won't find it here. Subject matter makes the film inappropriate for youngsters, who would be bored, anyhow.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Sean Penn I AM SAM, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, THE THIN RED LINE
Tim Robbins THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, ANTITRUST
Kevin Bacon TRAPPED, HOLLOW MAN, MY DOG SKIP
Laurence Fishburne THE MATRIX RELOADED, BIKER BOYZ, OSMOSIS JONES
Marcia Gay Harden POLLOCK, DESPERATE MEASURES, FLUBBER
Laura Linney THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES
Dir/Prod: Clint Eastwood BLOOD WORK, SPACE COWBOYS, TRUE CRIME
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 15 S-words, 3 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody beatings and stabbings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use, some by teens.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: None.
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Very Good

The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Very Good "With an intelligent, insightful screenplay and a riveting key performance, Eastwood has combined his cinematic ingredients in a mixture that cries out for Oscar consideration. Mystic River is haunting and melancholy, and the portraits it paints of Jimmy, Dave, and Sean will stay with you after you have left the theater. In a time when the goal of most movies is to offer instant gratification with no aftertaste, this quality should be both valued and praised.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Excellent "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.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Very Good "Working with some of today's most gifted actors, Eastwood has taken a hands-off yet firm approach that has paid off in what critics agree is a career high.. Mystic River deals with heavy themes, murder and child molestation among them. Eastwood says all the characters are "damaged goods." Yet Eastwood's rapid-fire directing style minimized the psychic damage to the actors.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Good "Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's literary thriller is suffused with a sense of sadness for opportunities missed and wrong turns taken. If he were a more subtle director, it would be a great film; as it is, it's an extremely good one, anchored by the subtly devastating performances of Penn, Robbins and Bacon. The supporting cast is equally good, and blue collar Boston's mean streets take on a beaten-down life of their own.''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 145 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
5
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
13
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
High
81%
30+Adults (M)
46
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
65
High
86%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

The first thing I noticed is the relatively few "Fantastic" opinions from the adults. Most of these opinions are in the "Excellent" to "Very Good" range. This indicates a movie that most will enjoy very much, but few will think is great.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few opinions of "Good" and lower, especially from the ladies, which obviously isn't too good. So, this movie is a bit of a gamble for the ladies. If you will read the detailed opinions you may be able to better determine if this is a movie you will enjoy.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
When they were kids growing up together in a rough section of Boston, Jimmy Markum (SEAN PENN), Dave Boyle (TIM ROBBINS) and Sean Devine (KEVIN BACON) spent their days playing stickball on the street, the way most boys did in their blue-collar neighborhood of East Buckingham. Nothing much ever happened in their neighborhood. That is, until Dave was forced to take the ride that would change all of their lives forever.

Twenty-five years later, the three find themselves thrust back together by another life altering event – the murder of Jimmy's 19-year-old daughter. Now a cop, Sean is assigned to the case and he and his partner (LAURENCE FISHBURNE) are charged with unraveling the seemingly senseless crime. They must also stay one step ahead of Jimmy, a man driven by an all consuming rage to find his daughter's killer.

Connected to the crime by a series of circumstances, Dave is forced to confront the demons of his own past. Demons that threaten to destroy his marriage and any hope he may have for a future. As the investigation tightens around these three friends, an ominous story unfolds that revolves around friendship, family and innocence lost too soon.

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