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The Messenger (2009)

The Messenger

Overview


Genre

Drama, Romance, War

Release Date

November 13, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

107 min.

Studio

Oscilloscope Laboratories

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Oren Moverman

Producer

Mark Gordon, Zach Miller, Lawrence Inglee, Benjamin Goldhirsh

Screenwriter

Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman

Starring

Story


In his most powerful performance to date, Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Featuring tour-de-force performances from Foster, Harrelson and Morton, and a brilliant directorial debut by Moverman, "The Messenger" brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity.

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Samantha Morton stars as Olivia Pitterson in Oscilloscope Laboratories' The Messenger (2009)
Woody Harrelson stars as Anthony 'Tony' Stone and Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery in Oscilloscope Laboratories' The Messenger (2009)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..It means to shake you. And does...”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
“..features some seriously great performances and a theme that will resonate powerfully with thoughtful audiences..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
“..You'll want to go along..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]