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The Messenger (2009)

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An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »
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Kelly
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Colonel Stuart Dorsett
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Monica Washington (as Yaya Dacosta)
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Mrs. Burrell
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Emily
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Dr. Grosso
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Matt Pitterson
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Recruiter Brown
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Recruiter Olson
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Teenager #1 (as Brian DeJesus)
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Storyline

While on a recent deployment to Iraq, US Army Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery is injured when an improvised explosive device goes off within close proximity to him. He is back in the States recovering from the more serious of those injuries, including one to his eye and leg. He has resumed a sexual relationship with his long time girlfriend Kelly, despite the fact that she is now engaged to another man who Will knows. With the few months Will has left in his enlistment, the army assigns him to the Casualty Notification Team in his area. Not having a background in counseling, psychology or grief management, he is unsure if he is well suited to this job. He is partnered with a career soldier, Captain Tony Stone, who teaches Will the precise protocol involved in the job. Tony tells Will, who quickly learns by on the job experience, that this job has its own dangers. As Will learns to adapt to the range of emotions of the next of kin, he is unprepared for the reaction of Olivia Pitterson, ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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4 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,523, 15 November 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$66,637, 24 April 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At various stages in development, Sydney Pollack, Roger Michel and Ben Affleck were all attached to direct. Writer Oren Moverman was finally asked to helm the project after all these fell through. See more »

Goofs

Montgomery wears an armor crest as his branch insignia and also wears a Combat Infantry Badge. Since his branch insignia crest represent that he is an armor crewman and not infantry, he should not be wearing a Combat Infantry Badge. Only the infantry can wear a Combat Infantry Badge after being awarded the badge while in combat. See more »

Quotes

Captain Tony Stone: Men are the ones that try harder to keep it together. They also can hurt you.
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Soundtracks

Havre de Grace
(2007)
Written by Mubashir Mohi-ud-Din
Performed by Zerobridge (as zerobridge)
Published by ANKLES ARE SEXY! Music
Courtesy of Third Life Entertainment
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An Emotional Look Into the Psychological Effects of War
6 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Messenger has incredible acting by Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, and Samantha Morton.

The film has a curious flow to it. It begins predictable, yet remains engaging, exposing a heart-breaking consequence of war no family wants to face. Although the news remains the same, emotions run just as deep at each door. Every scene is handled marvelously through subtle performances by the actors. As the film unfolds, the viewer sinks into the complex characters on screen, discomforted by the internal struggles that slowly surface.

The Messenger is a non-linear, character-driven film with exceptional performances but might not be for everyone.


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