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Mystic River
Director: Clint Eastwood (Dir)
Release Date:   15 Oct 2003
Premiere Information:   World premiere at the Cannes Film Festival: 23 May 2003; New York Film Festival premiere: 3 Oct 2003; Los Angeles opening: 8 Oct 2003
Production Date:   26 Sep 2002--early Jan 2003
Duration (in mins):   137
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Cast:   Sean Penn (Jimmy Markum)  
    Tim Robbins (Dave Boyle)  
    Kevin Bacon (Sean Devine)  
    Laurence Fishburne (Whitey Powers)  
    Marcia Gay Harden (Celeste Boyle)  
    Laura Linney (Annabeth Markum)  
    Kevin Chapman (Val Savage)  
    Thomas 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)  
    John Doman (Driver)  
    Cameron Bowen (Young Dave)  
    Jason Kelly (Young Jimmy)  
    Connor Paolo (Young Sean)  
    Bruce Page (Jimmy's father)  
    Miles Herter (Sean's father)  
    Cayden Boyd (Michael [Mikey] Boyle)  
    Tori Davis (Lauren Devine)  
    Jonathan Togo (Pete)  
    Sean 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 (Lt. Friel)  
    Tom Kemp (CSS tech)  
    Charles Broderick (Medical examiner)  
    Lonnie Farmer (Lab technician)  
    Celeste Oliva (Trooper Jenny Coughlin)  
    Bates Wilder (Loud mouth cop)  
    Douglas Bowen Flynn (Cop at barricade)  
    Bill Thorpe (Neighbor at barricade)  
    Matty Blake (Cop at 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 Garison ('75 police officer)  
    Michael McGovern ('75 reporter)  
    Bill Richards (Helicopter pilot)  
    Michael Peavey (Helicopter pilot)  
    Eli Wallach (Liquor store owner)  
    Dennis Lehane (Politician at Columbus Day parade)  

Summary: In 1975, in East Buckingham, a working-class Boston neighborhood beside the Mystic River Bridge, Jimmy Markum, Sean Devine and Dave Boyle play street hockey until their ball rolls down a sewer opening. Jimmy, the more forceful of the boys, then inscribes his name in a square of wet cement in the sidewalk and goads the others to follow suit. The malleable Sean writes his name next, but just as Dave scratches in the first two letters of his name, a black car pulls up carrying two men they assume are policemen. Accusing them of destroying municipal property, one of the men asks where they live. Dave answers that he lives on another street, so the man insists on taking him home, pushes him into the car and slams the door. As the car drives off, the man’s partner eyes Dave, who stares forlornly out the rear window, looking at his friends. Locked in a basement, Dave is sexually abused by the men until he finally escapes four days later, now “damaged goods” as one of the neighborhood men describes him. Twenty-five years later, Dave walks the neighborhood streets with his son Mikey, pointing out the sewer opening that swallowed up hockey balls in his childhood. When Dave glances at the square of sidewalk inscribed with the boys’s names, he remembers his kidnapping and hunches over, crippled by the memory. Jimmy now owns a neighborhood market where he works with his nineteen-year-old daughter Katie, the apple of his eye. The protective Jimmy has forbidden Katie to see Brendan Harris, a neighborhood boy who has been hanging around the store. Sean, now a Massachusetts homicide detective, has left the neighborhood, and one day, while making an arrest with his partner, Whitey Powers, on the Mystic River Bridge, gazes ruefully back at his boyhood home. That night, at McGill’s Tavern, Dave is drinking a beer and watching sports on television when Katie and her friends, Diane Cestra and Eve Pigeon, come in and drunkenly dance on the bar. Dave returns home to his wife Celeste at 3 a.m., shaken and covered in blood, explaining that he bashed a mugger’s head in after the man stabbed him. The following day, an anonymous caller makes a 911 call to police headquarters and states that he found a car spattered with blood in Pen Park in the Buckingham neighborhood. Because Pen Park is under state jurisdiction, Sean and Whitey are called in to investigate. Upon learning that the car was registered to a Katherine Markum, Sean realizes that the victim must be Jimmy’s daughter. Jimmy and his second wife, Annabeth, meanwhile, are in church watching one of their two younger daughters receive her First Communion. After the service, as Jimmy, who is concerned that Katie is not there, is congratulated by friends, a series of police cars race down the street. The sirens are also heard by Celeste, as she scours the newspapers for mention of Dave’s mugger. While walking back to his house, Jimmy passes Pen Park and finds the street cordoned off as a crime scene, then sees Katie’s car. Jimmy, who is accompanied by his thuggish friends, Nick and Val Savage, demands to know what’s going on. Notified of Jimmy’s threatening behavior, Sean leaves the search to try to calm the now smoldering Jimmy. While watching television, Celeste hears the story about the blood soaked car and glances suspiciously out the window at Dave. When Katie’s body is found in the park, Whitey wonders what Sean will say to his friend and Sean proposes “God said you owed him a marker and he came to collect.” After taking Jimmy to the morgue to identify Katie’s body, Sean sits with Whitey, Jimmy and Annabeth in the cafeteria, and Jimmy wonders how their lives would have been different if he or Sean had gotten into the car instead of Dave. Jimmy then recalls that as his beautiful first wife Maria was dying of cancer, he was serving a two-year stint in prison for robbery. When Jimmy mentions that Brendan and his mute brother Silent Ray came looking for Katie the morning of her disappearance, Whitey remembers finding travel brochures for Las Vegas in the back of Katie’s car and wonders if there might be a connection. Later, Sean’s estranged wife Lauren, who left him when she was pregnant, calls Sean from a payphone but won’t speak. As mourners gather at the Markum house, Dave sits zombie-like while Celeste, who is Annabeth’s cousin, watches and wonders if he might be involved in Katie’s death. Meanwhile, Sean and Whitey question an old woman who lives across from Pen Park. When the woman states that after Katie’s car squealed to a stop, she heard Katie say hello to someone, the detectives realize that Katie knew her killer. Sean and Whitey then go to question Eve and Diane, who admit that Katie and Brendan planned to elope to Las Vegas. When the detectives go to the Harris house to tell Brendan about Katie’s murder, Brendan’s shrewish mother Esther expresses pleasure, exclaiming that Katie was “no good.” Esther then undermines Brendan’s alibi that he was at home at the time of the murder. At the Markum house, a troubled Dave walks out onto the porch and finds the brooding Jimmy. When Jimmy asks about Dave’s injured hand, Dave says that he slammed it in a door. Suddenly breaking down, Jimmy sobs that when he returned from prison, he felt like Katie and he were the only two people on earth. Later that night, Sean is at home thumbing through some old photos of Dave, Jimmy and himself when Lauren calls. He begins to talk about work, but when she does not speak hangs up, saying he "can't take it tonight." Meanwhile, Dave tells Mikey a bedtime story of a boy living in a world that others never saw, as he thinks of his kidnapping. Celeste interrupts by calling Dave to the stairway, and when she wonders aloud why the newspapers still have not printed a story about the mugger, Dave menacingly advances toward her. Later, as Jimmy gazes out his bedroom window, he muses that he is in some way responsible for Katie's death. After Brendan passes a polygraph test, Sean and Whitey decide to question Dave. Under Whitey’s interrogation, Dave admits to what Sean and Whitey already knew, that he saw Katie at McGill’s on the night of the murder. Afterward, Whitey, who has noticed Dave’s injured hand, tells Sean that he thinks Dave is the murderer. At the funeral home, Jimmy stands over his daughter’s body and vows to avenge her killing. Later, when Sean tells Jimmy that Katie was planning to elope with Brendan, Jimmy voices his contempt for Brendan’s father Ray because he ran off and left his family. Impatient with the slow pace of the investigation, Jimmy then gives Sean a deadline, after which he says, he and his pals the Savage brothers will conduct their own inquisition. When ballistics determine that the gun that shot Katie was also used in a liquor store holdup eighteen years earlier, Sean and Whitey go to question the liquor store owner, who suspects Ray Harris of the robbery because Ray had once worked at the store and therefore had a key to gain entry. Meanwhile, after sitting alone in her car in the pouring rain, Celeste returns home and finds Dave transfixed in front of the television watching a vampire film. After explaining that he is fascinated by vampires because “if you are undead, it’s okay to forget to be human,” Dave asks Celeste if she thinks he killed Katie. When Celeste hesitates, Dave breaks down and, referring to the past, states that to survive, he had to pretend to be someone else and that Dave died in the basement. Unstrung, Dave goes out for a walk, and when he passes Jimmy on the street, admits that he saw Katie on the night of the murder. Later, as Jimmy is picking out a gravestone, the Savage brothers drive up and inform him that the police have brought Dave in for questioning. After releasing Dave, Sean and Whitey look into the robbery. They discover that, although Jimmy and Ray were both arrested for the liquor store robbery, only Jimmy served time, and realize that Ray must have made a deal to turn in Jimmy. Because Ray disappeared shortly after Jimmy left prison, the detectives ask Brendan about his father’s gun. Although Brendan reveals that his father sends the family $500 monthly, he becomes defiant when told that Ray’s gun killed Katie and denies that his father owned a gun. At the same time, a shaken Celeste confides to Jimmy that Dave returned home on the night of the murder covered with blood. When Jimmy asks Celeste if she thinks Dave killed Katie, she nods her head yes. Soon after, Dave is walking down the street when the Savage brothers, who are also Celeste’s cousins, drive by and invite him to go drinking. Dave climbs into the car’s backseat and looks forlornly out the rear window as they drive to the Black Emerald Bar at the edge of the Mystic River. At police headquarters, Sean and Whitey realize that they have not listened to the 911 tape, and upon playing it, are astounded when a boy’s voice, claiming that he did not see the murder, nonetheless identifies the victim as a woman. As the Savage brothers ply Dave with drinks at the bar, Jimmy, mad with grief and rage, joins them. Sickened by the alcohol, Dave runs out the back stairs to vomit, and while standing over him, Jimmy reveals that he killed Ray not for turning him in, but because going to prison meant that he could not take care of Maria when she was dying. Aware that Jimmy now thinks he killed Katie, Dave swears that he killed a child molester that night, not Katie. Exploding in a rage, Jimmy demands that Dave confess to Katie’s murder and offers to release him if he does. Meanwhile, at the Harris apartment, Brendan has discovered that his father’s gun has been removed from its hiding place and waits for Silent Ray to return. When Ray and his friend, John O’Shea arrive, Brendan shows his brother the empty holster and orders him to speak. After John tries to defend his friend, Brendan kicks him in the face, then lunges for his brother’s throat. Just as John aims the gun at Brendan, Whitey and Sean burst in and grab the gun. At the Black Emerald, Dave, certain that Jimmy will kill him unless he confesses, admits to killing Katie, then remarks that she reminded him of the youth he never had. Dave tells Jimmy “you’d know what it meant if you got in the car instead of me.” Jimmy then plunges a knife into Dave’s stomach, then shoots him. Soon after, Jimmy is sitting hunched over on a neighborhood curb when Sean pulls up and informs him that they caught the killers, Silent Ray and John. Stunned, Jimmy asks if they are certain, after which Sean explains that the boys were playing in the street when the gun went off by mistake, hitting Katie’s car. Afraid that Katie might tell someone, the boys chased her down, shot and beat her. Sean then asks if Jimmy has heard from Dave, explaining that he needs to talk to him about a body of a pedophile that has been found. Sensing that Jimmy might have killed Dave, Sean asks when he saw Dave last, to which Jimmy replies “twenty-five years ago.” Sean then inquires if Jimmy is going to send monthly checks to Celeste as he has done for the Harris family, and says that he wishes that they were still eleven-year-old boys and that it all was just a dream. Soon after, Sean’s phone rings, and intuiting that it is Lauren, he says that he is sorry he pushed her away. Emboldened, Lauren speaks, admitting that she is sorry, too, and agrees to come home with their baby. Some time later, as the neighborhood celebrates Columbus Day with a parade, Jimmy watches from his window and confesses to the steely Annabeth that he killed Dave and threw his body into the Mystic River. Annabeth consoles her husband by saying that he is a king and everyone is weak but him, then makes love to him. On the street, Celeste threads her way through the crowd, but upon spotting Sean and his family, turns away. As the float on which Mikey is riding passes by, Mikey morosely stares off into space. Jimmy then comes out onto the street and smiles at Sean, who forms his fingers into the shape of a gun and fires at him.  

Production Company: Village Roadshow Pictures  
  The Malpaso Company  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Clint Eastwood (Dir)
  Robert Lorenz (1st asst dir)
  Melissa Cummins Lorenz (2d asst dir)
  Katie Carroll (2d 2d asst dir)
Producer: Robert Lorenz (Prod)
  Judie G. Hoyt (Prod)
  Clint Eastwood (Prod)
  Bruce Berman (Exec prod)
Writer: Brian Helgeland (Scr)
Photography: Tom Stern (Dir of photog)
  Stephen S. Campanelli (Cam/Steadicam op)
  David Norris (Cam op/Wescam)
  Bill Coe (Cam 1st asst)
  Robert A. McMahan (Cam 2d asst)
  Shayna N. Ritenour (Cam loader)
  Merie W. Wallace (Still photog)
  Ross Dunkerley (Chief lighting tech)
  John Lacy (Asst chief lighting tech)
  Charles Saldaña, III (Key grip)
  Douglas L. Wall (Best boy grip)
  Chuck Wayt (Dolly grip)
  T. Daniel Scaringi (Rigging grip)
  Scott D. Davis (Rigging gaffer)
  Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc. (Cranes by)
  Sequoia Illumination (Lighting equipment provided by)
Art Direction: Henry Bumstead (Prod des)
  Jack G. Taylor Jr. (Art dir)
  Margaret Cox (Art dept coord)
Film Editor: Joel Cox (Ed)
  Michael Cipriano (Asst film ed)
  Gary D. Roach (Asst film ed)
  Mo Henry (Negative cutting by)
  AVID Film Composer (Ed on the)
Set Decoration: Richard Goddard (Set dec)
  Adrian Gorton (Set des)
  Jann Engel (Set des)
  Kenneth J. Doyle Jr. (On set dresser)
  Dean Wilson (Prop master)
  Glen R. Feldman (Asst prop master)
  Michael A. Muscarella (Const coord)
  Kenny Sanford (Const gen foreman)
  Ted Suchecki (Boston const foreman)
  Anthony Aveta (Const labor foreman)
  Kirk D. Hansen (Paint foreman)
  Paul W. Gorfine (Standby painter)
  John A. Schacht (Leadperson)
  Michael S. Rutgard (Swing gang)
  Sandi Armstrong-Renfroe (Swing gang)
Costumes: Deborah Hopper (Cost des)
  Lynda Foote (Cost supv)
  Ann Culotta (Set cost)
  Brian Callahan (Set cost)
Music: Clint Eastwood (Mus)
  Lennie Niehaus (The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus cond)
  Patrick Hollenbeck (Orch)
  Gennady Loktionov (Spec arr)
  Donald Harris (Mus ed)
  Craig Pettigrew (Asst mus ed)
  Shawn Murphy (Score rec and mixed by)
  Bruce Ricker (Mus consultant)
  Symphony Hall, Boston (Score rec at)
Sound: Alan Robert Murray (Supv sd ed)
  Bub Asman (Co-supv sd ed)
  Lucy Coldsnow-Smith (Supv dial ed)
  Gloria D'Alessandro (Dial ed)
  Karen Spangenberg (Dial ed)
  Robert Troy (Dial ed)
  Walt Martin (Sd mixer)
  Flash Deros (Boom op)
  Kelly Doran (Sd utility)
  Juno J. Ellis (ADR supv)
  Andrea Horta (ADR ed)
  Eileen Horta (ADR ed)
  Sonny Pettijohn (ADR asst ed)
  Thomas J. O'Connell (ADR mixer)
  David Boulton (ADR mixer)
  Jason King (Sd eff ed)
  David Grimaldi (Sd eff ed)
  Robert Shoup (Sd eff ed)
  Wade Wilson (Sd des ed)
  Michael Dressel (Supv Foley ed)
  Joseph DiVitale (Foley ed)
  Dan O'Connell (Foley artist)
  John Cucci (Foley artist)
  James Ashwill (Foley mixer)
  Bill Cawley (1st asst sd ed)
  Bradley Clouse (2d asst sd ed)
  Matthew C. May (2d asst sd ed)
  Christopher Boyes (Re-rec mixer)
  Michael Simanick (Re-rec mixer)
  Gary Summers (Re-rec mixer)
Special Effects: Steven Riley (Spec eff coord)
  H. Barclay Aaris (Spec eff)
  Dominic V. Ruiz (Spec eff)
  Elizabeth Radley (Video & graphics supv)
  Pacific Title (Titles and opticals)
Make Up: Tania McComas (Key makeup artist)
  Maryellen James (Makeup artist)
  Carol A. O'Connell (Key hair stylist)
  Jerry DeCarlo (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: Phyllis Huffman (Casting)
  Olivia Harris (Casting assoc)
  Carolyn Pickman (Loc/extras casting)
  Timothy Alan Moore (Unit prod mgr)
  Mable Lawson McCrary (Scr supv)
  Deana Lou (Asst to Mr. Eastwood)
  Karen E. Shaw (Prod coord)
  Traci Tateyama (Asst prod coord)
  Mark D. Katchur (Project coord)
  Jenniphur Ryan (Prod secy)
  Jason S. Gondek (Prod accountant)
  Robert Cable (Asst prod accountant)
  Michael I. Bilog (Asst accountant)
  Nadia Randazzo (Asst accountant)
  Michael Roccuzzo (Asst accountant)
  Marco Barla (Unit pub)
  Kokayi Ampah (Supv loc mgr)
  Mark Fitzgerald (Asst loc mgr)
  Donovan Terranova (Asst loc mgr)
  Luke Ramsey (Asst loc mgr)
  Keith Dillin (Transportation coord)
  Larry L. Stelling (Transportation capt)
  Det. Robert L. Manning (Massachusetts State Police tech adv)
  Lt. Ken Dubinski (Massachusetts State Police liaison)
  Capt. Christine M. Michalosky (Boston Police Dept liaison)
  Jody Steiner (Sign language tech adv)
  Donald A. Kincade (Set prod aide)
  Chuck Webb (Set prod aide)
  Micki Krimmel (Set prod aide)
  Scooter Perotta (Set prod aide)
  Susan Grennan (Set prod aide)
  Brenda Vivian (Set prod aide)
  Ashaki "Saki" Fenderson (Set prod aide)
  Stephani Ritenour (Set prod aide)
  Greg Newman (Prod aide)
  Adam Monahan (Prod aide)
  Jennifer McGaffigan (Prod aide)
  Michelle St. Clair (Prod aide)
  Beth Carey (Prod aide)
  Blu Murray (Prod aide)
  Karri Mayo (Studio teacher)
  Bonnie Mackie (Studio teacher)
  Tony's Food Service (Caterer)
  Nancy James (Craft service)
Stand In: Buddy Van Horn (Stunt coord)
  Norm McLean (Stunts)
  John Vincent Mason (Stunts)
  Paul Michael Marini (Stunts)
Color Personnel: Bob Kaiser (Col timer)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Music: "Mystic River," composed by Clint Eastwood; "Cosmo" and "Black Emerald Blues," written by Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens.
Songs:
Composer: Clint Eastwood
  Kyle Eastwood
  Michael Stevens
Source Text: Based on the novel Mystic River by Dennis Lehane (New York, 2001).
Authors: Dennis Lehane

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
WV Films III, LLC 12/12/2003 dd/mm/yyyy PA0001199167

PCA NO: 39873
Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby Digital; dts Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound in selected theatres
  col: Technicolor
  Lenses/Prints: filmed with Panavision cameras and lenses; Kodak Motion Picture Products; prints by Technicolor

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Crime
 
Subjects (Major): Child molesters
  False accusations
  Fathers and daughters
  Kidnapping
  Murder
  Revenge
 
Subjects (Minor): Bars
  Boston (MA)
  Brothers
  Cousins
  Ex-convicts
  Fathers and sons
  Firearms
  Friendship
  Mutes
  Parades
  Police
  Wakes

Note: Actor Eli Wallach’s name does not appear in the film’s onscreen credits. A written list of institutions and city and state organizations that the producers wished to thank appears at the end of the film. Among those are the Massachusetts Port Authority, the City of Canton and the City of Chelsea. At the end of the scene in which Jimmy shoots Dave, the screen fades to white. Following the film’s final sequence, the Columbus Day Parade, the camera pans to the boys' names on the sidewalk, then to the Mystic Bridge and the Mystic River. The bridge, which spans the Mystic River between Charlestown and Chelsea, provides the principal highway link between Chelsea, a largely industrial city, and Boston, which lies two miles to the south of Chelsea. The bridge was renamed the Maurice J. Tobin Mystic River Bridge in 1967 in honor of Maurice J. Tobin, a former Boston mayor and Massachusetts governor who created the Massachusetts Port Authority, and also ordered the construction of the bridge.
       There are several differences between Dennis Lehane’s novel and the film Mystic River . In the novel, the character of “Sean Devine” is more fleshed out. Lehane writes that Sean’s wife “Lauren” was having an affair with another man, and when she left him, Sean did not know if the baby she was carrying was his or not. Their marriage had broken down because he was overly preoccupied with his job. In Lehane's novel, Sean's partner, "Whitey Powers," is a middle-aged Irish American. In the book, “Dave Boyle” has been experiencing sexual feelings toward young boys, and part of the reason he kills the pedophile is to destroy those feelings in himself. Dave is afraid to tell anyone about his crime because he would then have to admit that he was attracted to young boys. At the end of the novel, “Jimmy," who is named “Jimmy Marcus” in the book, decides that he can take better care of the neighborhood if he reverts back to his life of crime.
       In a May 2003 interview with The Times (London) , director Clint Eastwood said that he immediately optioned the book after reading it. In a May 2003 LAT interview, Eastwood stated he had difficulty getting funding to make the film because many of the studios were reluctant to address the topic of child molestation. According to Eastwood, Warner Bros., with whom he had a long-standing relationship, agreed to provide financial backing as “almost a favor” [to Eastwood]. The studio insisted on a $25,000,000 budget for the project, a relatively low amount, and as a result, Eastwood took no salary, receiving only a DGA minimum stipend. In a May 2003 HR news item and an Oct 2003 Long Beach Press Telegram article, Tim Robbins, who played the part of Dave, stated that Eastwood would shoot a scene in just two or three takes. In a televised interview, Eastwood explained that he relied on fewer takes to make the scenes feel "fresher." The film’s pressbook notes that Eastwood was adamant that the film be shot in Boston. According to the pressbook, the scene in which Sean and Whitey respond to an automobile accident was shot on the Maurice J. Tobin Mystic River Bridge. The pressbook also notes that author Lehane appeared as a politician in the Columbus Day parade sequence. The film's interiors were shot in Canton, MS, a suburb just south of Boston, and the score was recorded in Boston by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The vampire movie that Dave is watching on television is the 1998 film John Carpenter’s Vampires .
       Eastwood and screenwriter Brian Helgeland had previously worked together on the 2002 Malpaso Company film Blood Work , for which Helgeland wrote the screenplay and Eastwood directed and starred. Eastwood and Marcia Gay Harden, who played “Celeste Boyle” in Mystic River , worked together in the 2000 Malpaso production Space Cowboys in which Eastwood directed and starred and Harden played a featured role. Robbins and Sean Penn worked together in the 1995 film Dead Man Walking , which was written and directed by Robbins and starred Penn.
       Mystic River received the National Board of Review award for Best Film of the Year and was selected as one of AFI’s top ten films of the year. The National Society of Film Critics named Eastwood Best Director of 2003, and he was nominated by the Directors Guild for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2003. Eastwood and his fellow Mystic River producers Robert Lorenz and Judie G. Hoyt were nominated by the Producers Guild for the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. Robbins won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor and Penn was awarded the Best Actor Critics' Choice Award by the BFCA. The Screen Actors Guild nominated Penn for Best Actor in a Film, while the picture received a SAG nomination for Best Acting by an Ensemble. The Art Directors Guild nominated the film for Best Production Design in a Contemporary Film.
       Penn received an Academy Award for Best Actor, and Robbins received the award for Best Supporting Actor. The picture also received Academy Award nominations in the following categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Harden). Mystic River also received the following Golden Globe nominations: Best Motion Picture--Drama, Best Director--Motion Picture, Best Screenplay--Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture--Drama (Penn) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Robbins). 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Hollywood Reporter   8 Oct 2002.   
Hollywood Reporter   7--13 Jan 2003   p. 38.
Hollywood Reporter   22 May 2003.   
Hollywood Reporter   9 Oct 2003.   
Los Angeles Times   24 May 2003.   
Los Angeles Times   8 Oct 2003   Calendar, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   12 Oct 2003   Calendar, p. 1.
New York Times   8 Oct 2003.   
Press Telegram   5 Oct 2003.   
The Times (London)   24 May 2003.   
Variety   26 May--1 Jun 2003   p. 25, 31.

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