In the summer of 1975 in a neighborhood in Boston, 3 kids, Dave Boyle and two of his friends, Jimmy and Sean, are playing on the sidewalk when Dave gets abducted by two men and endures several days of sexual abuse. Eventually, Dave escapes traumatized throughout adulthood. Jimmy is an ex-con and a father of three, whose daughter Katie, is found dead and Dave becomes the number one suspect. Sean is a homicide detective, investigating Katie’s murder, ends up finding himself faced with past and present demons as more is uncovered about Katie’s murder. Learning Katie had a boyfriend, ballistics later turn up a gun belonging to the father, which then puts her boyfriend as the suspect. Will Sean find out who killed Katie? Will Jimmy make it through the investigation? And will Dave ever find out what really happened when he was abducted?
Plot Keywords: boy / sexual-abuse / ballistics / murder / police-detective
Taglines: We bury our sins, we wash them clean.
Certificate: Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A | Chile:14 | Finland:K-15 | France:12 | Germany:16 (bw) | Iceland:16 | India:A | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18PL | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Sean Penn , Tim Robbins , Kevin Bacon , Laurence Fishburne , Marcia Gay Harden , Laura Linney , Kevin Chapman , Tom Guiry , Emmy Rossum , Spencer Treat Clark , Andrew Mackin , Adam Nelson , Robert Wahlberg , Jenny O’Hara , John Doman , Cameron Bowen , Jason Kelly , Connor Paolo , T. Bruce Page , Miles Herter , Cayden Boyd , Tori Davis , Jonathan Togo , Shawn Fitzgibbon , Will Lyman , Celine du Tertre , Ari Graynor , Zabeth Russell , Joe Stapleton , Susan Willis , José Ramón Rosario , Tom Kemp , Charley Broderick , Lonnie Farmer , Celeste Oliva , Bates Wilder , Douglass Bowen Flynn , Bill Thorpe , Matty Blake , Ken Cheeseman , Scott Winters , Thomas Derrah , Jim Smith , Patrick Shea , Duncan B. Putney , Ed O’Keefe , Dave Zee Garison , Michael McGovern , Bill Richards , Michael Peavey , Susan Bergeron , Eric Bruno Borgman , Robin Brodsky , Paul Bronk , Joshua Brown , Kevin Conway , Don Dailey , Richard DeAgazio , James DeVoy , Sean Patrick Doherty , Curt Fennell , John Ferus , Shawn Fogarty , John Franchi , Brian Frates , Gary Greenberg , Mackenzie Hawe , Dean H. Huh , Jon Joyce , Mikey Kelley , Colleen Kelly , Stephen Kyle , Adam LaFramboise , Loy Lee , Paul McGillicuddy , Brett Murphy , Lance Norris , Mark O’Leary , Stephen O’Neil Martin , Ryan Patrick , John Pungitore , Seth Reich , Frank Ridley , Greg Stechman , Anthony Taurasi , Sarah Jeanette Taylor , Jerry Trupiano , J.T. Turner , Brian Van Kay , Marc Vos , Eli Wallach , Victor Warren , Jillian Wheeler , Brian A. White , Kris Williams
Company: Warner Bros.
Country: United States , Australia
Released Date: 15 Oct 2003 (Belgium)
Film Location: Doyle’s Pub – 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Runtime: 138 min
Soundmix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
egipson » When I finally got to watch Mystic River, I was mesmerized by the acting of the ensemble cast. I watched this movie twice, alone and again with my husband. The content of the movie is relevant in any time frame. Upon watching it the second time I noticed "small" things that tied the movie and its characters together. Forgiveness, no I would not classify any of the characters as forgiving. It is very clear that Dave probably never receive counseling for the unspeakable crime done to him as a boy, Jimmy never really let go of his "on edge nerve" and Sean remains the responsible friend but not afraid to face life's messes. To watch a human drama unfold with such sad consequences and heavy retribution on one hand and little to no retribution on the other hand is a depiction that life is not always fair and some of us receive the bounty of life, while others get the smaller piece of pie.
This movie was well acted and well directed. I will never forget Sean Penn's portrayal of Jimmy in this star ensemble cast.
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