Mystic River

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Overview

Clint Eastwood's multiple-award-winning adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel Mystic River was released in three different DVD versions simultaneously. This edition offers no extras, but does contain a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The image does a fine job of capturing Tom Stern's dark but subtle framings. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and both present Eastwood's excellent score in rich detail. As mentioned before, this disc ...
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Overview

Clint Eastwood's multiple-award-winning adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel Mystic River was released in three different DVD versions simultaneously. This edition offers no extras, but does contain a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The image does a fine job of capturing Tom Stern's dark but subtle framings. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and both present Eastwood's excellent score in rich detail. As mentioned before, this disc is without any extras whatsoever. Those wishing for a deeper look into the film should pick up the more expensive three-disc set that was released the same day.
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Special Features

Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, & Español
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This gripping, suspenseful drama has some of the trappings of a whodunit, but Mystic River isn't a murder mystery -- it's a multilayered exploration of the human psyche that eschews easy explanations and pat answers. It's a story without readily definable heroes or villains: The principal characters are all flawed in one way or another, and they are so skillfully represented as to be recognizable and real. That's a tribute not only to the exemplary cast but also to director Clint Eastwood, whose sure-handed guidance keeps the actors sharply focused and prevents their emotionally charged performances from bubbling over with melodramatic excess. Brian Helgeland's masterful adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel begins in the working-class Boston neighborhood where ex-con Jimmy Markum Sean Penn runs a corner grocery store. When his teenage daughter Emmy Rossum is found brutally murdered, Jimmy recruits his thuggish friends in an attempt to ferret out the killer and exact vengeance before homicide detective and childhood pal Sean Devine Kevin Bacon can apprehend the culprit. Suspicion falls on another old friend, Dave Boyle Tim Robbins, an emotionally crippled handyman who was abused as a child, but both Jimmy and Sean are initially reluctant to believe their former classmate capable of murder. Mystic River isn't an easy film to digest, as it often evokes tremendous pain and seems at times to wallow in tragedy. It traffics in unspoken secrets, repressed guilt, and tribal loyalties. Penn and Robbins richly deserved the Oscars they won for their portrayals, and the little gold statuettes could have been awarded to the other cast members with equal justification. One of those rare movies that stands up to repeated viewings with undiminished effect, Mystic River deserves a place in every DVD home library.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
"The past is not dead; it is not even past," said William Faulkner, and that sentiment certainly applies to director Clint Eastwood's acclaimed intimate epic Mystic River. The film is a mournful and effective murder mystery, but beyond that, it is a wrenching character study and a trenchant exploration of the dark themes that have been prevalent in Eastwood's work throughout the later part of his directing career. Violence is rampant in Mystic River, and even when its consequences rip the souls from these characters, they do not learn from it. The film is a showcase for Sean Penn, playing Jimmy, an emotionally volatile ex-con who casts aside his efforts to live within the law when his beloved daughter is brutally murdered, and Tim Robbins' heartbreaking performance as Dave, a man broken by an insurmountable childhood trauma. These actors receive excellent support from Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne as the homicide detectives stoically investigating the crime and Thomas Guiry as the daughter's secretive boyfriend. Laura Linney and especially Marcia Gay Harden, as Jimmy and Dave's wives, respectfully, do excellent work, but the script falls short in fleshing out their characters' motivations. Gracefully shot (by Tom Stern) and edited (by longtime Eastwood collaborator Joel Cox), the film suffers from a somewhat contrived and familiar story line, but still manages to build up considerable emotional weight. While Mystic River is too uneven to rank with Eastwood's best work, its strong performances and uncompromising bleakness make for a powerfully moving cinematic experience.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Eastwood directs Mystic River with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie, a tale of men and their bonds told by and for adults who value the old-fashioned Hollywood-studio notion of narrative.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

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.
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 with absolute confidence and remarkable control.

Eastwood directs Mystic River with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie, a tale of men and their bonds told by and for adults who value the old-fashioned Hollywood-studio notion of narrative.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • UPC: 085392772124
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:18:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,059

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Penn Jimmy Markum
Kevin Bacon Sean Devine
Tim Robbins Dave Boyle
Laurence Fishburne Whitey Powers
Marcia Gay Harden Celeste Boyle
Laura Linney Annabeth Markum
Kevin Chapman Val Savage
Tom Guiry Brendan Harris
Emmy Rossum Katie Markum
Spencer Treat Clark Silent Ray Harris
Andrew Mackin John O'Shea
Adam Nelson Nick Savage
Robert Wahlberg Kevin Savage
Jenny O'Hara Esther Harris
Cayden Boyd Michael Boyle
Jonathan Togo Pete
John Doman driver
Cameron Bowen young Dave Boyle
Jason Kelly young Jimmy Markum
Connor Paolo young Sean Devine
Bruce Page Jimmy's father
Miles Herter Sean's father
Tori Davis Lauren Devine
Shawn Fitzgibbon funeral director
Will Lyman FBI Agent Birden
Celine Du Tertre Nadine Markum
Ari Graynor Eve Pigeon
Zabeth Russell Diane Cestra
Joe Stapleton Drew Pigeon
Susan Willis Mrs. Prior
Jose Ramon Rosario Lieutenant Friel
Tom Kemp CSS tech
Charley Broderick medical examiner
Lonnie Farmer lab technician
Celeste Oliva Trooper Jenny Coughlin
Bates Wilder Loudmouth Cop
Douglas Bowen Flynn cop at barricade
Bill Thorpe Neighbor at Barricade
Matty Blake cop in park
Ken Cheeseman Dave's friend in bar
Scott Winters detective
Thomas Derrah headstone salesman
Jim Smith reporter
Patrick Shea handcuffed man
Duncan Putney solicitor in car
Ed O'Keefe communion priest
Dave Zee Garlson '75 police officer
Michael McGovern '75 reporter
Bill Richards helicopter pilot
Michael Peavey helicopter pilot
Eli Wallach liquor store owner [uncredited]
Lennie Niehaus Conductor
Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director, Score Composer, Producer
H. Barclay Aaris Special Effects
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Boston Symphony Orchestra Score Composer
Henry Bumstead Production Designer
Stephen Campanelli Camera Operator
Katie Carroll Asst. Director
Joel Cox Editor
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Adrian H. Gorton Set Decoration/Design
Brian Helgeland Screenwriter
Patrick Hollenbeck Musical Arrangement
Deborah Hopper Costumes/Costume Designer
Judie G. Hoyt Producer
Phyllis Huffman Casting
Maryellen James Makeup
Melissa Cummins Lorenz Asst. Director
Robert Lorenz Asst. Director, Producer
Walt Martin Sound Mixer
Shawn Murphy Sound Mixer
David Norris Camera Operator
Bruce Ricker Consultant/advisor
Dominic V. Ruiz Special Effects
Tom Stern Cinematographer
Tanglewood Festival Chorus Score Composer
Jack Gammon Taylor Jr. Art Director
Wade Wilson Sound Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Three Friends [3:14]
2. Driven Away [2:48]
3. A Boy's Ordeal [1:58]
4. Someone's Father [4:15]
5. One of These Days [2:14]
6. Covered in Blood [4:01]
7. Missing [4:53]
8. World of Hurt [4:32]
9. Collected Marker [4:40]
10. My Daughter in There?!? [2:18]
11. Katie's Look [5:33]
12. Jimmy's Look; Lauren's Call [2:04]
13. Domestic Responsibilities [4:19]
14. Crying for Katie [4:25]
15. Questioning Brendan [2:31]
16. Getting My Head Right [6:10]
17. Serious Look at Dave [5:07]
18. Beloved Daughter [2:42]
19. Celeste in a Hurry [2:53]
20. Speaking for Katie [2:17]
21. The Liquor Store [2:20]
22. Like Vampires [1:51]
23. From Friend to Liability [5:52]
24. Bloody Explanation [3:09]
25. Hits Keep on Coming [4:29]
26. What Celeste Thinks [5:38]
27. Questioning Brendan [3:39]
28. The 911 Call [2:33]
29. Drinks With Dave [2:47]
30. No More Secrets [3:56]
31. "I Want Him Dead!" [6:11]
32. We Bury Our Sins [1:55]
33. The Last Time I Saw Dave [2:34]
34. The King's Wife [5:37]
35. Passing Parade [4:26]
36. End Credits [2:36]
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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Is Mystic River really that mystical?

    To muse over buying this book is like debating whether to watch a Quentin Tarantino film: the dialogue is great, the characters are worthy of empathy, yet, both book and film fall short in plot and story.

    Initially, I was hyped to read this novel, to enjoy a nice week of entertainment that I truly could get into. And initially, the book promised just that: an interesting, yet jaded premise, with kids going their separate ways only to cross paths when they turned adults, each being the complete antithesis of one another by day's end. The dialogue is fantastic, paralleling screenplay dialogue matched by Quentin Tarantino. The characters - well, you empathize with them, feeling for their loss, their overt flaws, their lackluster, down-to-earth lives. But, these typical facets of a book just are overshadowed by the terrible, unsatisfying ending in which grief and mourn, indigence and extreme irritance (for having read a book and then discovering the pitiful ending) is like a punch in the face (or worse, a waste of 3 days).

    My advice, you want to become a writer, learn from the author how to write dialogue.
    - My advice, you want to learn 3-dimensional characters, learn from the author how to write about 3-D characters.
    Yet, you want to be thrown in the gutter by the 'read's end', then by all means this book is just for you.

    But seriously, it was an ok-kinda-sorta, I-wish-I-never-heard-of-it, I-wish-it-didn't have-to-happen-like-that kind of book, you know?

    Pen Name: The Master Critic of Critics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not impressed, insulted by the writer

    I found that the book, Mystic River, was very insulting to anyone who grew up in the Boston area. I, myself, grew up in East Boston. I was very offended by the descriptions of the houses and neighborhoods as being old and decaying and of the people who suffered from depression and hopelessness because they had to live there. Most of us had a wonderful and happy childhood. I don't know where Dennis Lehane thinks he lived, but it sure wasn't in East Boston. I was also very disappointed that the writer chose a subject(child abduction and abuse) that has already been written about many times. I thought that his story was going to be original and interesting. As for the movie, it wasn't too bad, one of the locations was Falcon St. where I had lived, and the houses looked pretty good to me. The church was St.John the Baptist, which I am very sad to say, is now closed. This is where my mother and other relatives were married and where we went to services. It looked the same as in my childhood, beautiful. I was too distracted by seeing the familiar places, to really concentrate on the movie itself. As for the Boston accents, another failed attempt. I certainly don't sound that way. No one can immitate our accents, especially in movies, so don't even try. The acting was good, but the movie was overated. I don't know what all the hype was about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anything but Mystical

    A very depressing film that will not put you in a good mood after you leave the theater. Don't expect a happy ending. This follows a very intricate plot line that goes all the way back to the characters's youths. One who becomes a gangster, one a recluse, and another a cop in the Irish enclave of South Boston. One of Eastwood's finest films, this is more psychologically gritty, a little more insightful, and realistic than some of his previous films. For some reason, though, it is not the type of film to watch a second time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!!!!

    I had owned this movie for some time, but had never gotten around to actually watching it. Today I finally sat down and watched it for the first time, and I am SO glad I did!!! It was breathtaking and absolutely fantastic. I felt so many over-whelming emotions all at once in this film....some parts had me laughing, other parts had my jaw dropping to the floor, some parts had me on the edge of my seat, and other parts had me bursting in tears. I highly reccomend this fantastic story played out in a film that falls nothing short of brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie didn't really end -

    It led you to believe that there would be more. It was very unsettling but mostly well done - I think this is part of Clint Eastwood's style as a director. He likes to leave you thinking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie

    This is a good movie which shows what it is like to live in the poor Irish blue collar area of Boston called Charlestown. The only problim that i have with this movie is my family is from Boston, Mass and my Grandfather was born and raised in another poor Irish part of Boston called South Boston (known to the locals as "Southy")and it makes all poor Irish Bostonians look like they are all in the Mob... which is not true. but the acting was well writen and was played out well (Except for the realy fake sounding Boston acents). Clent Eastwood had alot of good actors in this movie who looked the part and played there part well. ov er all i highly recomend this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Film of 2003

    Although the final chapter of "The Lord of the Rings" won the Oscar for Best Picture, this film will be seen in the future as the best movie of 2003. In this film, Clint Eastwood's unique style of directing is perfectly suited for the characters and their situations. Certainly a depressing story, but put me down as the kind of person who finds films like that refreshing. Not every movie can be happy, mostly because life isn't always happy. A downbeat story is played to perfection by all involved, and Sean Penn and Tim Robbins won well-deserved acting Oscars. This movie would have run away with Oscars galore if it hadn't been for "LOTR", but everybody saw the loss coming and accept this film for what it is: a true classic of our time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Horrible, horrible, don't waste your time....read the book instead

    If you haven't read the book and don't plan on reading the book, you'll probably like this movie. What I didn't like was how the movie rushed through a lot of the character and plot development (finding the body and the 'other' murder) that was so critical to the book's success. Trust me - the book was so much better. Not really sure how this movie got nominated and won so many awards. Oh, and Tim Robbins as Dave - no way, didn't buy it at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Awesome movie of 2003

    This is a great movie, that explores the deapths of human personality and makes you think about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great until the end

    This was a well acted, well directed and well told story until the very end. I could not believe that after two hours of gripping drama, emotion and heart that it slipped into something so aggravating. Are you telling me that Jimmy (Sean Penn) wouldn't feel any more remorse than what he did after killing Dave (Tim Robbins) whom he thought killed his daughter by mistake who just happened to be his old friend? Suddenly he is the 'king of the town' and has this cocky smirk on his face and Sean (Kevin Bacon) lets him get away with it just because he gets his wife and child back? I don't know, I just didn't care for the ending and it ticks me off the more I think about it. If you didn't like the ending in the movie like me, you had better not read the book. You will be even more upset.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dry River Bed

    An over-publicized production that wallows in a predictably boring plot conveying absolutely no theme. I disagree with the critics who claim that this is more than a simple 'who dunnit' film. The plot and character development being so shallow and disjointed, it's hard to find any of the deep meaning the critics are raving about. The acting of Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon,and Tim Robbins is overblown for such a mediocre screenplay. The mystery of who killed Sean Penn's daughter is rather predictable making the characters' attempts at solving it seem amateurish if not idiotic. The story also focuses too much on issues that arose between the characters in the past that have absolutely no manifestation or relevance with their present dilemmas: they might as well have been complete strangers and the story would have had the same impact: none. Although critics praise the film as a complex exploration into the human psyche one never really gets that impression from the film. The characters and plot are too poorly developed to comprise a meaningful character study. What does Tim Robbins' past as a victim of pedophilia have to do with anything in this story? Absolutely nothing. Although it functions as a plot technique for suspense, it could have been just about any other traumatic experience to make the character seem odd, evasive, and suspect. The film focuses too much on this and makes it appear an important element when it really has very little relevance. In sum, the film's plot and theme are poorly woven: they have little to no logical relationship to each other and comprise little else than big a non-sequitur in logical reasoning. This film is but a shallow, if not dry, river bed of a story with no character or thematic depth whatsoever. This by far has to be the most over-rated film of 2003. It deserved no Oscars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Are you insane??????????????

    For the people who don't enjoy this movie, we must have been watching a different movie. This film with superb direction from the master storyteller Clint Eastwood and great acting from all it's roles especially from Tim Robbins was easily the best film of 2003. Clint Eastwood takes every scene like it is his magnum opus and visually creates a moving, cinematic masterpiece that doesn't feel like a film, but it's like they dropped you into the streets of Boston. Brian Helgeland is one of the greatest screenwriters in the era, with this and L. A. Confidential, which was the best film of '97, has just proven to many that he has such versatility. But Helgeland wouldn't be working if it wasn't for people like Dennis Lehane, who is easily one of the best crime writers of all time. Mr. Lehane, please write until your 100, you rock, keep it up!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RIVER BAD.

    I agree - some great acting, but no plot or characters to be concerned with, and some unbelievable coincidences make this overrated farce watchable but one I will never see again. But don't give up on Clint - Watch 'Bloodwork'. Or 'Play Misty'. Or 'Outlaw Josie Wales' or 'High Plains Drifter'- you'll love 'em.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Depressing movie

    Good acting, but when it is all said and done, you just wonder why anyone would make such a depressing movie. This one went in the trash heap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    magnificent, edge of your seat thriller

    with such real deep searing emotions, at times it will rip you apart! each character is so fully realized, so 3 dimensional as to kick you in the butt with their deep torments! i was so enthralled that upon it's climax, i found myself both weeping and laughing! the performances by sean penn, tim robbins, marcia gay harden, laura linnley, and kevin bacon will astound you. the direction by clint eastwood is so meticulous as is the music score that you will not know where the 2 &1/2 hours went. the digital transfer as is the 5.1 ac-3 sound all mesh together to present one of the very best dvds of this year! rent it or buy it, than savor it over and over. bravos to all involved

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blown away!!

    I must say, I really enjoyed this movie. It was very easy to follow, had a great story line and the acting was phenomenal. It was good to see that movies can be very enjoyable and entertaining without a cliche' happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay , a bad story almost overcome by performances

    This movie tries to be a character study as well as a murder mystery. It fails in both respects. The acting and directing were excellent, but the story is told in an extremely clumsy manner. It is as if the writer decided to change themes halfway through the story. The viewer gets distracted by separate elements of the story. It begins as a character study, then takes a sharp turn into the realm of murder mystery and then repeats this transormation every few minutes for two hours. It feels like this movie can't decide what it wants to be. This is the cinematic equvalent of the fifth year college student who is still undeclared, but gets great grades and has plenty of all purpose credits. You can see lots of potential just beneath the surface, but watching this pattern repeat itself is frustrating. The actors and director did a terrific job working with terrible material(Penn and Robbins deserved these Oscars for effort). But, I cannot help thinking that their work was akin to a master sculptor trying to make the best of a can of Playdoh.

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