Mystic River

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Released 2003

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Director:
Clint Eastwood
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Mystic River is the 2003 critical darling directed by Clint Eastwood. After etching their monikers in a square of fresh concrete in their blue collar borough, eleven-year olds Sean Devine, Jimmy Markham, and Dave Boyle are ensnared by two men who claim to be policemen. Dave is ordered into their car so they can drive him home. After four days of sexual abuse, he escapes his captors, but his life is set on a wayward course forever. Twenty-five years later, the three are no longer friends. Sean (Kevin Bacon) is a homicide detective experiencing personal problems with his pregnant wife who has walked out on him. Jimmy (Sean Penn) has spent some time in prison for robberies and is trying to live a normal life running a grocery store. He is married to his second wife, Annabeth (Laura Linney), and has three daughters. Dave (Tim Robbins) is married to Celeste (Marcia Gay Harden) and has a young son. He has trouble keeping jobs and struggles with a dark side' emerging from his abduction.moreless

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  • 100

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Mystic River is the rare American movie that aspires to -- and achieves -- the full weight and darkness of tragedy.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic human emotions: love, hate, fear, revenge, despair. Directed by Clint Eastwood w...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This full-bodied adaptation of Dennis Lehane's involved and involving 2001 bestselling crime novel about old friends in Boston's working-class Irish neighborhood finds Clint Eastwo...

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    Thrillers, growing up too fast, moral dilemmas, tale of revenge, the middle class