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Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Tim Robbins, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Emmy Rossum, Cayden Boyd, Kevin Chapman, Celine du Tertre, Jonathan Togo

Director: Clint Eastwood
Screenwriter: Brian Helgeland
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US: 10/19/03
UK: 17/10/03

Based upon the novel, "Mystic River", by Dennis Lehane...
Three childhood friends, Sean (Bacon), Dave (Robbins) and Jimmy (Penn) are reunited in Boston 25 years later when they become linked together in the murder investigation of Jimmy's oldest daughter, Katie (Rossum). Sean is a police detective investigating the case (Fishburne plays his partner), while Dave is a man with psychological problems caused when he was kidnapped and sexually abused in 1975 when he was a child, who is now a possible suspect in Katie's death. Jimmy, meanwhile, is a violent ex-con seeking to take justice and retribution into his own hands. (Linney plays Jimmy's wife and Katie's mother.)
Dennis Lehane'swebsite says
"When Jimmy Marcus's daughter is found murdered, his childhood friend Sean Devine is assigned to the case. His personal life is unraveling, Sean's investigation takes him back into a world of violence and pain he thought he'd left behind. It also puts him on a collision course with Jimmy Marcus -- a man with his own dark past who is eager to solve the crime with brutal justice. And then there is Dave Boyle, a man who hides monstrous secrets beneath a bland fagade -- secrets his wife, Celeste, is only beginning to suspect. As the race for a killer heats up, all are pulled closer toward an abyss that will force them to face their true selves -- and will mark them as irrevocably as the past itself has."
In between lecturing the rest of us with his pre-High School opinions, Sean Penn found time to make this. Let's be calm and fair though (unlike Sean and his Hollywood Lefty Celeb Brigade)... and say any movie directed by Clint and starring the superb Laura Linney has to be worth watching.

24 May/Moviebus: Eastwood gets Mystic in Cannes

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Three guys reflect on their childhood




"Is That Going To Help You?"
"It's Nice To Sit Out Here"
"I Just Want To Hug Her"
"Are You Giving Us A Deadline"
"Your Love For Her Is So Big"



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