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Mystic River

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Original title
Mystic River
Running time
137 min.
United States United States
Brian Helgeland. Novel: Dennis Lehane
Clint Eastwood
Tom Stern
Warner Bros.
Mystery. Drama | Crime
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Dennis Lehane Adaptations
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.

25 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.
Rankings Position
2003: 2 Academy Awards: Actor (Penn), Supp. Actor (Robbins). 6 Nominations
2003: 2 Golden Globes: Best Actor (Penn), Supp. Actor (Robbins). 5 Nominations
2003: BAFTA: 4 Nom., Best Actor, Sup. Actor, Sup. Actress, Adapted Screenplay
2003: Cannes Film Festival: Award Golden Coach (Eastwood). 2 Nominations
2003: Cesar Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
2003: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2003: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Actor (Sean Penn), Movie
2003: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2003: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film & Best Actor (Penn)
2003: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Director & Actor
2003: 2 Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actor (Penn), Supp. Actor (Robbins). 8 Nom.
2003: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins). 6 Nom.
2003: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Film & Ensemble Cast. 3 Nom.
2003: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2003: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
2003: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2003: Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG): Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robbins). 3 Nom.
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