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Shutter Island (2010)

  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 254,164 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 19 February 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 138 min
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Shutter Island (2010)


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  • IMDb page: Shutter Island (2010)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 254,164 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 19 February 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 138 min
  • Filming Location: Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
  • Budget: $80,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $294,804,195(Worldwide)(10 June 2010)
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer and Mark Ruffalo
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Island | Partner | Disappearance | Criminally Insane | U.S. Marshal

Writing Credits By:

  • Laeta Kalogridis (screenplay)
  • Dennis Lehane (novel)

Known Trivia

  • Before settling on Mark Ruffalo for the role of Chuck Aule, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese also considered Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin.
  • This was originally commissioned as a directing vehicle for Wolfgang Petersen. However, there were considerable modifications made to Dennis Lehane’s novel in order to create a more action-driven blockbuster.
  • Shortly (August 2009) before its original release in October 2009, the movie was pushed back to February 2010. It did, however, have a special “secret” screening at Austin’s “Butt-Numbathon” film festival in December of 2009. Critics attended the screening but were asked not to release their reviews until the official release date.
  • The whispered line in Complex C (“Stop me before I kill more”) is likely a reference to William Heirens, a serial killer in Chicago in the 1940s.
  • The movie’s US$40.2 million opening weekend take in the United States marked a career best for director Martin Scorsese. It went on to gross over $293 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of his career.
  • Scenery from Peddocks Island (initial island approach), Acadia National Park in Maine, Medfield State Hospital in Medfield, MA, and the Rice Estate at Turner Hill Country Club in Ipswich, MA were combined via CGI to create the imagery of Shutter Island as a whole. The large mountainous area of the island seen during the ferry approach was added in post-production and does not exist, but the decaying brick buildings on the lowlands are real ruins from Peddocks Island.
  • This is the fourth time that director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have worked on a film together. They previously collaborated in Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed.
  • The ball-point pen Teddy uses in the film is a Parker Jotter, it was released in 1954 (the year the film takes place) and was the first successful and reliable ball-point pen to hit the market, which quickly drove fountain pens into obsolescence. Over 3.5 million pens were sold that year and the Parker Jotter dominated the ball-point pen market during that decade.
  • The traumatic killing of Nazi guards of Dachau concentration camp is a historical event, taking place on 29 April 1945 when the camp was liberated by the US Army.
  • The film was intended to be released in October 2009 but it was postponed because Paramount’s remaining yearly marketing and Oscars campaigning budget could only afford for its two other movies, Up in the Air and The Lovely Bones.

Goofs: Continuity: Dr. Cawley gives Teddy a glass of water and aspirin for a migraine. With the glass in hand, Teddy drinks the water and downs the pill. In the next shot, the glass is on the table.

Plot: Drama set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding nearby. Full summary »  »

Story: It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn't been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy's shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals "escape" in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything – his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.Written by alfiehitchie  


Synopsis: U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) are on a ferryboat in foggy Boston Harbor headed towards Shutter Island, an island containing a federal mental hospital for the criminally insane. They are going to the island because a woman patient named Rachel has escaped the day before. Teddy is very ill, sweating and throwing up in the toilet, telling himself to get it together, its just water. Then he looks out the window and says, Its a LOT of water. He goes up on deck to talk to Chuck, and its apparent that they are new partners working for the first time together. During their conversation it is revealed that Teddys wife died in an apartment fire several years before. Chuck is sorry he brought it up. He refers to Teddy as boss all the way through the movie, and at one point mentions that Teddy is a legend, so we know that Teddy is well known through the Marshal Service and that he is Chucks superior.

They get to the island, and the ferry captain mentions that there is a big storm coming. Teddy and Chuck meet the deputy warden, McPherson, who takes them into the mental hospital grounds. There are high walls that make it look like a prison, and electrified wire on the perimeter, but the actual buildings and grounds look almost like a college campus. There is the A building, housing the male patients, B building for the women patients, and C building which is situated on the highest point of the island and we are told it was a civil war fortress. It houses the most dangerous patients and the marshals are told that under no circumstances are they to go there on their own without him and Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley) accompanying them. There is a brief argument when deputy warden McPherson requires them to give up their firearms. Teddy says that they are federal agents, but McPherson tells them that federal penitentiary law overrides that and says that they wont get through the gates with their weapons. They reluctantly give them up, with Chuck rather clumsily removing his holster from his pants, which gets him a look from McPherson and Teddy.

They meet Dr. Cawley, who explains a bit about the facility and psychiatry. Dr. Cawley says that there is a war going on in psychiatry, with one faction who believes in surgical techniques like lobotomies to treat patients, where another side says that the new psychotropic drugs are the way to treat people. He believes that sometimes just listening to a patient and quietly making their life comfortable is the way to go. Teddy still has a splitting headache from the ferry trip, and the doctor gives him some water and some pills that he says are aspirin. He explains that Rachel, a patient, has escaped the night before but says that its impossible because she seems to have simply vanished through the walls. She is at Shutter Island because she drowned three of her children one by one, and then pretended that they had never died. In fact, she believes that she is still at her home at the hospital, and all of the staff and other inmates are merely neighbors or deliverymen that she encounters in her daily life. She refuses to accept that she has killed anyone, or even that her children are dead.

They tour the rest of the island, where officers are looking for the escaped Rachel. There is a lighthouse on the other side of the island that is gated off and there are armed guards, which makes Teddy a little suspicious.

Teddy makes it clear that his job is to interview staff and patients. He says he needs the personnel records of the staff, but the doctor kind of blows that off. They go to the patient living quarters and interview staff about the night that Rachel left. In her cell, there is a loose floorboard and a handwritten note from her, saying something about where is number 67? The staff people are less than helpful at the meeting that Teddy and Chuck have to ask about her, but do note that she had attended group therapy right before she went to her room and disappeared. During the meeting, it is revealed that she has a staff physician that conducted the meeting, a Dr. Shaheen. When Teddy asks where he is, Dr. Cawley says he just left that morning on the ferry to go on a long planned vacation. Teddy is incredulous that a dangerous mental patient has just escaped, theres a lockdown, and her doctor is allowed to just go on vacation. Things definitely look suspicious at this point.

At this point, I should note that there are frequent dream sequences, flashbacks to Teddys time in WWII as a soldier, and Teddy often has internal conversations with himself in which his dead wife, Dolores (Michelle Williams), talks to him and gives him advice. Because they are spread out over the movie, I may refer to them out of sequence. In the early sequences, it is established that Teddys unit is the one that first encountered the Concentration Camp Dachau, with many dead Jews and, in particular, a dead woman and her dead daughter in her arms amidst a pile of dead bodies. There is also a scene in which the German Camp Commander tried to commit suicide by shooting himself, but he only managed to shoot the bullet out the side of his face. While Teddy watches, he tries to reach his gun to finish the job, but Teddy slowly slides the gun away with his foot just out of reach of the German, thus making him suffer before he bleeds to death. There are other dream sequences with his wife discovering that he has a lot of empty bottles of alcohol that he has hidden around the house. He explains that the things he saw while in Germany are the reason why he drinks so much.

After the meeting with staff, Dr. Cawley has Teddy and Chuck over to his mansion on the island to have a cigar and something to drink. When they arrive, there is a Dr. Naehring (Max von Sydow) in the den, and he seems to be Dr. Cawleys superior. Teddy takes an instant dislike to him when he notices a faint German accent, and the two verbally spar for a little bit. Dr. Naehring is amused, commenting on Teddys remarkable defense mechanisms. Dr. Naehring calls Teddy and Chuck men of violence, which offends Chuck. But the doctor says he doesnt mean that they are violent men, only that they are men who have seen violence and dont shy away from it if necessary. He correctly surmises that they were both in the army during WWII, and that they werent raised to run away from violence. Teddy gets angry when they say that theyve consulted the board of directors who have refused to release the staffs personnel records, angry enough that Teddy breaks a glass, threatens to end the investigation in the morning and turn his findings over to the FBI, and storms off in a huff.

The next day, the storm has hit the island and it is clear the ferry will not arrive. Teddy was only bluffing the night before because he had no intention of leaving without investigating the island some more. Teddy and Chuck have several interviews with the patients who were in the group therapy session with Rachel. They are unhelpful and all seem to be following a script because they say very similar things in their interviews. In one interview, the woman asks Chuck for a glass of water and when he leaves, she grabs Teddys notebook and writes something very quickly and gives it back to him.

He and Chuck leave the hospital grounds and explore the island, ending up at the cemetery. The wind and rain is picking up and they find sanctuary in a cemetery vault. Chuck asks Teddy to level with him; he suspects that the last patient told him something while he was getting her a water, and Teddy finally shows him the notebook, and it says RUN. Teddy finally explains that he was trying to get assigned to an investigation of the mental hospital for some time. He says that a man named Laeddis was a maintenance worker at the apartment they lived in and he was the arsonist who set the fire that killed his wife. He got off on a technicality, but later was caught when he killed some other people. He was sent to the mental hospital here. But when Teddy looked into it, there was no paperwork at all for Laeddis, and he suspects that there is some greater conspiracy going on. He mentions the Nazi experiments and wonders if his own government is involved in psychotropic drug research as well. He tells Chuck that he came across a prisoner by the name of George Noyce who was actually sent here some time before and he was the one who clued Teddy in that there was some crazy research going on here.

Chuck suddenly gets paranoid that maybe in all of Teddys poking around he alerted the wrong people of his interest in Shutter Island and that maybe they arranged the disappearance of Rachel as an excuse to draw him here as a Marshal to investigate where they could make both of them disappear. Teddy is not sure thats possible, but Chuck is pretty convincing and suddenly, the door busts in and there is a car spotlight on them from dep. Warden McPhersons car. Hes been looking for them and they get in and he takes them back to the hospital. They change out of their wet business suits, and the orderly gives them the staff white uniforms that almost make them look like patients, and he tells them that it will take a day or two to get their suits back. They dont like the whites but take them anyway. The orderly says their cigarettes were ruined (they both smoke a lot), but he gives them two new packs of cigs.

They meet in Dr. Cawleys office again. They argue briefly about the investigation, and suddenly Teddy gets ill again, a migraine. He thinks hell be okay, but then he starts to fall and Chuck catches him. The doctor gives him a couple of pills, but Teddy doesnt want to take them. Hes really sick, though, and the doctor almost insists that he take them, and he does. Chuck helps him down to the basement with all the rest of the staff to wait out the hurricane like storm. Just before he dozes off, he sees a sinister looking guy, who an orderly says is the warden (Ted Levine, the killer from Silence of the Lambs). The warden kind of sneers at Teddy right before Teddy falls asleep.

Teddy has another dream sequence with his wife, who tells him that Rachel is on the island, and that he needs to help her. I think that around this point there is a dream sequence where Teddy is in Dr. Cawleys den and there is Laeddis (Elias Koteas) in his chair by the fire. Laeddis has a really nasty scar running from his right eye down to the left side of his chin, and his left eye is milky white.

The next day is kind of chaotic. The backup generators failed, and all of the patients cell doors were therefore opened. Trees are fallen all over the hospital campus with staff and officers trying to clean up as well as gather up all of the wandering patients. Teddy and Chuck use this as an opportunity to go up to C building while no one is really paying attention to them. The place is really dark inside and they wander around. A patient runs from them and they give chase. Chuck falls behind and the patient grabs Teddy from behind and is choking him. Teddy gets away and beats the crap out of him until Chuck pulls him off. A guard chews out Teddy and has Chuck help him take the patient to the medical center, telling Teddy to take a walk and cool off.

Teddy wanders around and finds a row of cells where a prisoner is sitting by himself and saying the name Laeddis. When Teddy demands the prisoner look at him, he realizes it is George Noyce, the guy who was a former patient here who told him about what was going on at Shutter Island. Noyces face is badly beaten. Teddy cant believe he is back here and Noyce is yelling at him that its all about Laeddis, isnt it? He tells Teddy that the only way he can save Noyce is to forget his wife and Laeddis and focus on what is going on here. Teddy looks guilty when Noyce tells him it is his fault that Noyce is back here because he kept inquiring about Laeddis. Teddy promises that hell get Noyce out of there. Noyce tells him that Laeddis is no longer in C building, but that they have taken him to the lighthouse, where they are planning to do a lobotomy on him. He says that the lighthouse is where they do a lot of their experiments on people who are troublemakers. Noyce questions him about Noyce, implying that he is a plant by the government to follow Teddy. He asks him whether hes ever worked with Chuck before, and we know that they havent because they let us know that in the beginning.

Teddy finally catches up with Chuck and they head towards the office. Dr. Cawley says they found Rachel (Emily Mortimer). They go to her cell and there is a weird scene where Teddy tries to talk to her and she ultimately thinks he is her dead husband and starts yelling at him.

At some point, Teddys dream sequences now include Rachel as the woman with her daughter in the pile of bodies at Dachau. And this time they open their eyes and look at him. The girl asks him why he didnt save her. He says he tried but they (the soldiers) just didnt get there in time. In another scene, Rachel is all bloody but she is at Teddy and his wifes vacation cottage. They go outside and Teddy sees the little girl and picks her up and carries her to the water. The little girl asks him again why he didnt save her and he looks sad.

Teddy and Chuck leave and Chuck says he found Laeddis file but there was only his commitment paper in the file which he tries to show Teddy but he wont look at it now because he is intent on reaching the lighthouse. Teddy is acting suspicious of Chuck when he tries to talk him out of going to the lighthouse. They arrive at the cliffs over the ocean and realize they are too far south of the lighthouse. Teddy says he is going to go around and try to get there a different way. Again Chuck tries to talk him out of it because its dangerous to scale the cliffs when it will be dark soon. They argue some more and Teddy tells him he is going by himself without Chuck. Teddy gets near the lighthouse but finds that it is late enough in the day that the tide has cut off the lighthouse from the island. He gives up and goes back to where Chuck is to tell him theyll try later. But all he sees is a burning cigarette on the edge of the cliff (its about a hundred feet down to the rocks below). He looks over and sees Chuck at the bottom of the cliff with waves crashing over him.

Shocked, Teddy climbs down the cliff but doesnt see Chuck at the bottom. He sees a cave in the side of the cliff with a fire burning inside. When he reaches the cave, he sees a woman armed with a knife. They begin talking and she says she is Rachel (Patricia Clarkson), but that she was a doctor at the hospital who found out too much and they committed her and concocted a story that she killed her kids. The other Rachel must be an imposter they used to fool Teddy and Chuck. She says there is a secret government program to test a number of new drugs on the patients to make them sort of super spies or soldiers who dont feel pain and dont have memories that can be tortured out of them if they are captured. She then warns Teddy that they will not let him leave. They will concoct a story that he went crazy. She asks him if he had a serious trauma (his wife dying), and says that they will use that to say that he cracked. She asks him if he has taken any medication (he has; the aspirin for his headaches). She asks if hes eaten at the hospital, or smoked any of their cigarettes (the orderly gave him a new pack when his clothes were all wet). She says that it takes 36-48 hours for psychotropic drugs to take effect and make him pliable for them to control. The first sign will be tremors in his hands, which he already has. She also questions whether Chuck is even a Marshal, that he is probably a government agent sent to go with him to the island.

When Teddy gets back to the road, he sees a jeep pull up with the warden. The warden takes him back to the facility and they have a really weird conversation about being men of violence. The warden tells him that men like them know how to use violence and use it well. He asks Teddy if he were to reach over and try to bite his eye out, would Teddy be able to stop him. Teddy says, why dont you try and well find out. The warden smiles and says, thats the Teddy he was expecting.

Teddy leaves to confront Dr. Cawley. Dr. Cawley wonders where Teddy has been. Teddy says hell be leaving and he asks if the doctor has seen Chuck, his partner. Dr. Cawley says he came to the island alone, there was no partner. Teddy realizes that they are already starting to put their plan in action by insisting there was no Chuck. He leaves and walks around the grounds, trying to decide what to do next. He sees his wife, who tells him to leave the island and dont go to the lighthouse. She says the lighthouse will destroy him.

He decides to blow up Dr. Cawleys car to create a diversion so he can sneak down to the lighthouse. He uses his tie from his suit, soaks it with gas from the gas tank, and lights it. As he moves away from the car, he sees his wife and the little girl in front of the car. It explodes around them but they arent burned at all. He runs out of there to make it to the lighthouse. He swims over to it, and sneaks up behind a guard and overpowers him and takes his rifle. The guard asks him if he is going to kill him and he says no, but hits him with the rifle butt and knocks him out. He runs up the stairs of the lighthouse to the top, checking each room but finding no operating rooms for surgical experiments.

He gets to the top and finds..Dr. Cawley, sitting behind a desk. Teddy holds the rifle on him while he is talking. The doctor tells him there are no bullets in the rifle, and asks him if he killed the guard below. Teddy says no, but the doctor calls down anyway to tell the people below to attend to the guard before they come up. Teddy sees his gun from the beginning of the movie on the doctors desk.

Dr. Cawley tells Teddy that he is a patient at the hospital, and has been for two years. Teddy doesnt believe him, and says that he is a U.S. Marshal. The doctor says he was one, but after his breakdown two years ago he was sent here. He broke down when his kids were killed. Teddy says he doesnt have any kids. Dr. Cawley says they have been trying to use the new drug therapy to help him and have been trying to do everything they could to treat him. Dr. Cawley tells him that he has been one of the most dangerous patients they have had and that there are some who want to lobotomize him to make him manageable. The whole last couple of days was an attempt to do a massive role-play to get him to finally realize the truth. He calls in Dr. Sheehan, the doctor from the beginning that went on vacation right after his patient Rachel disappeared. The door opens and it is .Chuck! He is a psychiatrist who agreed to play along with Teddys fantasy and to keep tabs on him. Dr. Cawley tells Teddy that his real name is Laeddis, and he shows him on a chalkboard that his full name and Laeddiss are an anagram; that is, all the letters in his name can be rearranged to spell Laeddis full name. The same thing with his wifes name and Rachels. Teddy constructed the new name Teddy Daniels to create distance from his real name.

The doctor points out that Noyce was a fellow patient who Teddy attacked a few days before, and that was why he was all beaten up looking. Teddy denies this, but the doctor shows him the transcript of what Noyce said to him in the cell earlier, where he said this was all Teddys fault. He tells Teddy that the reason why he beat up Noyce was that Noyce called him by his real name.

Teddy grabs his gun off the table and shoots Dr. Cawley, whose blood splashes against the wall. The next second, there is no blood. Dr. Cawley tells him that his gun was a toy gun they gave him when they began the role-play.

He tells Teddy that he has completely erased everything he did wrong in an attempt to make himself be the hero. We finally see a flashback where Teddy/Laeddis comes home to his cottage from a week or two of chasing bad guys in Oklahoma. His wife (Michelle Williams) is acting strangely. He asks where the kids are and she says they are in school. He says its Saturday, and she smiles and says, theyre in HER school and looks towards the lake. Horrified, Teddy runs down to the lake and sees his three children face down in the lake. He scoops them all up, crying uncontrollably and places them on the ground. Then his wife hugs him and says they should put the kids at the dining room table and have dinner. Teddy is crying and says if she ever loved him, please stop talking. She is sad now and says she loves him and then there is a shot. Teddy looks down and realizes that he just shot his wife. She is laying there with a lot of blood on her and then she dies.

Teddy now realizes that he has a choice between accepting his truth or continuing to deny it. The doctor makes it clear that if he cant accept the truth, then Dr. Cawley wont be able to stop the other doctors from ordering that he be lobotomized. He makes Teddy admit that he blamed himself for not realizing earlier that his wife was having trouble. That he feels responsible for killing his kids because he didnt get her help when she needed it. He created a fantasy world where he never killed his wife, and he never had a breakdown.

The next day, he and Chuck (Dr. Shaheen), are sitting on some steps by the hospital grounds. He asks Chuck what their next move is (as if he still believes he is investigating the hospital as a U.S. Marshal), and Chuck says, what do you think, boss? Chuck nods to the other doctors across the grounds who then direct some orderlies to move towards Teddy. Teddy asks Chuck whether its better to live as a monster or die a good man. He stands up and willingly goes with the orderlies, and I believe the implication is that he is fully treated and fine at that particular time, but willingly goes with them to get a lobotomy, for the better good.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Chris Brigham known as executive producer
  • Brad Fischer known as producer (as Bradley J. Fischer)
  • Amy Herman known as co-producer
  • Laeta Kalogridis known as executive producer
  • Dennis Lehane known as executive producer
  • Mike Medavoy known as producer
  • Arnold Messer known as producer (as Arnold W. Messer)
  • Gianni Nunnari known as executive producer
  • Louis Phillips known as executive producer
  • Joseph P. Reidy known as co-producer (as Joseph Reidy)
  • Martin Scorsese known as producer
  • Emma Tillinger Koskoff known as co-producer (as Emma Tillinger)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio known as Teddy Daniels
  • Mark Ruffalo known as Chuck Aule
  • Ben Kingsley known as Dr. Cawley
  • Max von Sydow known as Dr. Naehring (as Max Von Sydow)
  • Michelle Williams known as Dolores
  • Emily Mortimer known as Rachel 1
  • Patricia Clarkson known as Rachel 2
  • Jackie Earle Haley known as George Noyce
  • Ted Levine known as Warden
  • John Carroll Lynch known as Deputy Warden McPherson
  • Elias Koteas known as Laeddis
  • Robin Bartlett known as Bridget Kearns
  • Christopher Denham known as Peter Breene
  • Nellie Sciutto known as Nurse Marino
  • Joseph Sikora known as Glen Miga (as Joe Sikora)
  • Curtiss Cook known as Trey Washington (as Curtiss I' Cook)
  • Raymond Anthony Thomas known as Orderly Ganton (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
  • Joseph McKenna known as Inmate Billings
  • Ruby Jerins known as Little Girl
  • Tom Kemp known as Ward C Guard
  • Bates Wilder known as Ward C Guard
  • Lars Gerhard known as Dying Commandant
  • Matthew Cowles known as Ferry Captain
  • Jill Larson known as Manacled Woman
  • Ziad Akl known as Tattoo'd Man
  • Dennis Lynch known as Red-Haired Man
  • John Porell known as Wild-Eyed Man
  • Aidan Mitchell known as Younger Boy
  • Drew Beasley known as Younger Boy
  • Joseph P. Reidy known as Operator (as Joseph Reidy)
  • Bree Elrod known as Female Patient
  • Thomas B. Duffy known as Guard
  • Ken Cheeseman known as Doctor
  • Steve Witting known as Doctor
  • Michael E. Chapman known as Patient
  • Keith Fluker known as Orderly
  • Darryl Wooten known as Orderly
  • Michael Byron known as McPherson's Driver
  • Gary Galone known as Gate Guard
  • Gabriel Hansen known as Young Guard
  • Danny Carney known as Nazi SS Guard (uncredited)
  • Jeffrey Corazzini known as Boardroom Guard (uncredited)
  • John Franchi known as Criminally Insane Inmate (uncredited)
  • Rob W. Gray known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Guy A. Grundy known as Head Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Cody Harter known as U.S. GI / Shooter (uncredited)
  • Mackenzie Hawe known as Child in Street (uncredited)
  • Chris Henderson known as Concentration Camp Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Mark Hetherington known as Nude Inmate #5 (uncredited)
  • J Parker Kent known as Hospital Guard (uncredited)
  • Mary Koomjian known as Psychiatric Patient (uncredited)
  • Sean Landergan known as German Soldier (uncredited)
  • Daniel Lowney known as Ward C Guard (uncredited)
  • Stephen Marchessault known as German Soldier (uncredited)
  • Dan Marshall known as U.S. G.I. at Dachau Liberation / German S.S. Officer Killed (uncredited)
  • Robert Masiello known as Doctor (uncredited)
  • Alex Milne known as Child Playing Stickball (uncredited)
  • Americo Presciutti known as Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Donna Glee Reim known as Nurse (uncredited)
  • Eric Rollins known as Orderly Chopping Wood (uncredited)
  • Skip Shea known as Male Patient (uncredited)
  • Billy Silvia known as Prison Guard (uncredited)
  • Jon Robert Stafford known as Nazi (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kathryn Blondell known as hair stylist: Mr. DiCaprio (as Kathryn L. Blondell)
  • Alan D'Angerio known as hair stylist
  • Christine Fennell known as key hair stylist
  • Sian Grigg known as makeup artist: Mr. DiCaprio
  • Jerry Popolis known as department head hair
  • Patricia Regan known as key makeup artist
  • Manlio Rocchetti known as makeup department head
  • Thomas Sardinha known as body art: 'Tattoo'd Man'
  • Sherryn Smith known as additional makeup artist
  • Liz Bernstrom known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Christine Domaniecki known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Teressa Hill known as department head hair: additional photography, Los Angeles (uncredited)
  • Aimee Macabeo known as special makeup effects artist: Stan Winston Studio (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Martinelli known as additional hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Bridget O'Neill known as makeup artist: Leonardo DiCaprio, second unit, Los Angeles (uncredited)
  • Michael Ornelaz known as special makeup effects artist: Stan Winston Studio (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Jason Allard known as propmaker
  • Thomas Andrews known as greensperson
  • Tony Aponte known as scenic artist
  • Roger Baker known as propmaker
  • Shadya H. Ballug known as propmaker (as Shadya Ballug)
  • John Bare known as propmaker
  • Kevin Barnello known as greensperson
  • Daniel Beralas known as shop person (as Daniel Barajas)
  • Sean Bernard known as scenic foreperson
  • Cindy Berry known as labor foreperson
  • Sara Bettinger known as propmaker foreperson
  • Charles Biting known as propmaker (as Charles Bitting)
  • Michael Bohlen known as propmaker
  • Erin Elizabeth Bowman known as scenic artist
  • Wayne Brackett known as set dresser
  • Steve Brennan known as on-set dresser
  • Patrick Bresnahan known as propmaker
  • William R. Bricker known as propmaker foreperson
  • Rejean Brochu known as construction: cliff-side, Les Enterprises A&R Brochu (as Réjean Brochu)
  • Roland Brooks known as paint supervisor
  • Garp Brown known as scenic foreperson (as Garf Brown)
  • Jonathan Brown known as propmaker
  • Amanda Carroll known as buyer
  • Jenny Ciaffone known as propmaker
  • Doug Cluff known as plaster foreperson
  • Will Cochrane known as propmaker
  • Jason Coffey known as propmaker
  • Richard M. Cole known as general foreperson (as Richard Cole)
  • Thomas Collins known as propmaker
  • Ralph Contrado known as scenic artist
  • Guy D. Covington Sr. known as greensperson (as Guy Covington)
  • James Creighton known as propmaker
  • Gene Damian known as greensperson
  • Henry Dando known as greens foreperson (as Henry D. Dando)
  • Joseph DeLuca known as set dresser (as Joby DeLuca)
  • Robert DeVine known as propmaker (as Robert Devine)
  • Jona Dorr known as propmaker
  • Christopher Ferris known as propmaker foreperson
  • Michael Foster known as set dresser
  • Brian Fry known as greensperson
  • Scott Getzinger known as property master
  • Jeremy Andy Gibbs known as propmaker (as Jeremy Gibbs)
  • Patrick Glover known as scenic artist
  • Jorge Luis Gonzalez known as shop person (as Jorge Gonzalez)
  • Rooney N. Goode known as propmaker
  • Sean Gormley known as plasterer
  • Paul A. Grew known as propmaker
  • Thomas Sam Hall known as propmaker
  • Frank J. Hart known as propmaker foreperson
  • Trent Hevener known as propmaker
  • Arlo Hoffman known as on-set greensperson
  • James R. Houlihan known as propmaker
  • Richard Houpert known as propmaker (as Richard F. Houpert Jr.)
  • Harry Hurst known as metal shop foreperson (as Harry King Hurst II)
  • Aaron Jaggers known as labor foreperson
  • Michael Jortner known as assistant property master
  • Dan Joy known as signwriter
  • Ed Joyce known as set dresser
  • George Kane known as propmaker
  • Joseph K. Kepple IV known as assistant to set decorating department (as Joseph Kepple IV)
  • Hinju Kim known as assistant art director
  • Hannah King known as scenic artist
  • Marion Kolsby known as assistant art director
  • Lisa Kurk-Dmytryk known as construction buyer (as Lisa Kurk)
  • Mitchell Landsman known as scenic artist
  • Gary W. Lang known as propmaker foreperson
  • Paul Alexander Larkin known as set dresser (as Paul Larkin)
  • Bryan Lee known as propmaker foreperson
  • Chad Littlefield known as plasterer
  • Lance Littlefield known as plasterer
  • Ben F. Loew III known as labor foreperson
  • Lori A. Lopes known as art department coordinator
  • Ted Lubonovich II known as propmaker foreperson
  • Daniel MacMaster known as propmaker (as Daniel J. MacMaster)
  • Brian Mannain known as set dresser
  • Alejandra Martinez known as scenic foreperson
  • Barbra Matis known as assistant art director (as Barbra S. Matis)
  • Patrick McCarthy known as propmaker
  • Everett McClellan known as propmaker foreperson (as Jack McClellan)
  • Hal McFeely III known as propmaker (as Harold McFeely III)
  • Robert T. McPherson known as scenic artist
  • Gabor Medveczky known as set dresser
  • Christine Moosher known as buyer
  • John W. Morgan known as on-set painter
  • Thomas A. Morris Jr. known as construction coordinator
  • Amy Morrison known as buyer
  • Shannon Mullins known as propmaker foreperson (as Shannnon C. Mullins)
  • Debbie Nolan known as propmaker foreperson (as Deborah Nolan)
  • William Scot Noonan known as propmaker foreperson
  • Cal Ocampo known as propmaker
  • John Ogonoski known as propmaker
  • Peter Oktavec known as scenic artist
  • Mark Oliver known as propmaker
  • Bozydar Orszula known as construction foreperson (as Bozydar Henry Orzyla)
  • Randy L. Parisian known as scenic artist
  • Katherine Parker known as scenic artist
  • Craig S. Pasco known as scenic artist
  • Jeremy M. Pereira known as scenic artist
  • Michael Pfister known as propmaker
  • Lawrence Pierce known as greensperson
  • Mike Pierce known as greensperson (as Michael Pierce)
  • William T. Pierce known as greensperson
  • Elliott A. Pittman known as propmaker foreperson
  • Réal Proulx known as art director: Montreal
  • William Rampey known as propmaker (as Billy Rampey)
  • Jonathan Reardon known as greensperson
  • Taylor Savas Reese known as propmaker (as Taylor Reese)
  • Edward Rezendes known as plasterer
  • Julio Daniel Rodriguez known as set dresser (as J. Daniel Rodriguez)
  • Edward J. Rogers known as propmaker
  • Mikhail Romanov known as scenic artist
  • John Russell known as propmaker
  • Michael Saari known as propmaker
  • Kevin Scott Sadowski known as propmaker (as Kevin Sadowski)
  • David Scheper known as propmaker
  • John S. Schlicter known as scenic artist
  • Paul Schultz known as propmaker (as Paul K. Schultz)
  • Duke Scoppa known as assistant property master (as Edward P. Scoppa Jr.)
  • Lisa Scoppa known as assistant set decorator (as Lisa Crivelli Scoppa)
  • Cathy Scorsese known as assistant property master
  • Katha Seidman known as buyer
  • Rae Signer known as scenic artist
  • Kevin P. Slama known as propmaker
  • Marty Smith known as propmaker
  • Michael Smith known as propmaker
  • Nathan Smith known as shop person
  • Steven J. Sonefeld known as propmaker
  • Barry Spencer known as propmaker foreperson (as Barry D. Spencer Sr.)
  • Haven Storey known as scenic foreperson
  • Terry Synnott known as scenic artist
  • James Tolman known as scenic artist
  • Kevin C. Tressler known as propmaker (as Kevin Tressler)
  • Cammeron Truesdale known as shop person
  • Peter Tupitza known as scenic artist
  • Gordon R. Turner Jr. known as propmaker foreperson
  • Jim Turner known as set dresser
  • Stephanie Waldron known as chief greensperson
  • Christopher Walsh known as propmaker
  • Scott D. Warner known as location foreperson
  • Dave Weinman known as lead person
  • Jason Weinman known as set dresser
  • Michael A. Wells known as propmaker foreperson
  • Nelson Werntz known as propmaker
  • Thomas Wilson known as propmaker
  • Patricia Woodbridge known as assistant art director
  • Jeffrey L. Woolley known as propmaker
  • Ricky Wright known as propmaker
  • Jason Allard known as stand-by carpenter (uncredited)
  • Frédéric Amblard known as set designer (uncredited)
  • Mark Bachman known as graphic artist (uncredited)
  • Abel Barbour known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Yana Boeva known as props buyer: Berlin (uncredited)
  • Arnold F. Brown known as prop maker (uncredited)
  • Rachel Burgio known as props (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Fisher known as props (uncredited)
  • Robert Fitch known as set constructor (uncredited)
  • Jane Fitts known as graphic artist: property department (uncredited)
  • Carrie Foster known as art department coordinator: Montreal (uncredited)
  • Alain Giguère known as head scenic painter: Montreal (uncredited)
  • Matt Harrington known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Alexander James known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • John Larson known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Dave Lieber known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Luke Malloy known as greensman (uncredited)
  • Butch McCarthy known as set dressing gang boss (uncredited)
  • Adam McClain known as construction gang boss (uncredited)
  • Ryan McPeake known as construction medic (uncredited)
  • Kimberly Merlin known as property buyer (uncredited)
  • Sara Mills-Broffman known as props (uncredited)
  • Jonathan S. Morgan known as painter/plasterer (uncredited)
  • Lisa Nagid known as props (uncredited)
  • Tracy Ouellette known as construction (uncredited)
  • A.J. Paratore known as scenic industrial (uncredited)
  • Erin Payne known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Giovanni Rodriguez known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • David M. Rogers known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Karl Shefelman known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Debra Sugarman known as assistant props: additional crew (uncredited)
  • Rebecca Teixeira known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Tomasetti known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Katie Tower known as graphic designer: set decorating (uncredited)
  • Michael S. Tunstall known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Christine Willard known as propmaker (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Paramount Pictures (presents) (A Martin Scorsese Picture)
  • Phoenix Pictures (as A Phoenix Pictures Production)
  • Sikelia Productions (in association with)
  • Appian Way (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • A & R Brochu Construction  construction: 'cliff-side' (as Les Enterprises A&R Brochu)
  • Acadia Mountain Guides  the producers wish to thank
  • American Humane Society  animal action monitoring (as American Humane)
  • Angels the Costumiers  costumier (uncredited)
  • Basement, The  opticals by (as theBasement)
  • Bender ET  GFCI shock protection provided by (uncredited)
  • Big Film Design  titles produced by
  • Boone's Animals for Hollywood  animals provided by (as Boone's Animals for Hollywood, Inc.)
  • C5  post-production sound facility (as C5 Inc., New York)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies (uncredited)
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The  special thanks
  • Creature Effects  special props (uncredited)
  • David Haddad  transportation equipment (uncredited)
  • Division of Capital Asset Maintenance and Management  the producers wish to thank
  • EFilm  digital intermediate by (as Efilm)
  • Film Art  art consulting (uncredited)
  • Grant Wilfley Casting  background casting
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment (uncredited)
  • High Output  grip and lighting equipment (uncredited)
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)  this picture made under the jurisdiction of (as I.A.T.S.E.)
  • Kodak  motion picture film
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment (uncredited)
  • Lightworks  edited on (uncredited)
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Quabbin Section  the producers wish to thank (as Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation)
  • Massachusetts Film Office  the producers wish to thank
  • Québec Production Services Tax Credit  the producers wish to thank
  • Rhino Records  soundtrack album on
  • Soundtrack New York  re-recorded at (as Soundtrack)
  • Spacecam Systems  aerial cameras (uncredited)
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers (uncredited)
  • Tony's Food Service  caterer (as Tony's Food Service, Inc.)
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment (uncredited)


  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • ACME (2010) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • ACME (2010) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • ACME (2010) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Bontonfilm (2010) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Cascade Film (2010) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Concorde Filmverleih (2010) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Concorde Filmverleih (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Finnkino (2010) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Kitokio kino klubas (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Manga Films (2010) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Medusa Distribuzione (2010) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Japan (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures Entertainment (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Tatrafilm (2010) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Vertice Cine (2010) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2010) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Concorde Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Odeon (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment Finland (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Basement, The (visual effects) (as theBasement)
  • Legacy Effects (special visual makeup effects)
  • Syndicate (visual effects) (as The Syndicate)
  • New Deal Studios (visual effects)
  • Crazy Horse Effects (visual effects) (uncredited)
  • Gentle Giant Studios (uncredited)
  • Mark Rappaport Creature Effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by:

  • Enrico Altmann known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Ron Ames known as visual effects producer
  • Wenden K. Baldwin known as visual effects editor: The Syndicate (as Wenden Baldwin)
  • Jeff Barnes known as executive producer: The Syndicate
  • Brian Battles known as flame artist: theBasement
  • Greg M. Boettcher known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Randy Bosh known as digital artist: New Deal Studios
  • E.M. Bowen known as visual effects production manager: New Deal Studios
  • Catherine Burns known as model painter: New Deal Studios
  • Can Chang known as compositor: The Syndicate
  • Robert Chapin known as digital effects supervisor: New Deal Studios
  • Tony P. Chen known as digital artist: New Deal Studios
  • Steve Cho known as lead compositor: The Syndicate
  • Matt Conway known as matte painter: The Syndicate
  • Brandon Criswell known as compositor: The Syndicate
  • Seth Curlin known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Joshua Cushner known as visual effects technician: New Deal Studios
  • Brandon Davis known as lead effects artist: The Syndicate
  • Mike Ek known as flame artist: The Syndicate
  • Theresa Ellis known as compositor: The Syndicate (as Theresa Rygiel)
  • Richard Ewan known as model painter: New Deal Studios (as Richard A.F. Ewan)
  • Forest P. Fischer known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Andrew Furlong known as rotoscope artist: theBasement
  • Micah Gallagher known as rotoscope/paint artist: The Syndicate
  • Adam Gelbart known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Matthew Gratzner known as visual effects supervisor: New Deal Studios
  • Tim Gray known as visual effects technician: New Deal Studios
  • Ben Grossmann known as visual effects supervisor: The Syndicate
  • Andy Halseth known as visual effects production assistant: theBasement
  • Anthony Juno Han known as cg digital artist: The Syndicate (as Anthony Han)
  • Alex Henning known as compositing supervisor: The Syndicate
  • Nicholas Hiegel known as digital compositor: New Deal Studios (as Nick Hiegel)
  • Yuka Hosomi known as digital artist: New Deal Studios
  • Steve Hutchins known as lead rotoscope/paint artist: The Syndicate
  • Leigh-Alexandra Jacob known as model painter: New Deal Studios
  • Jeffrey Jasper known as lead compositor: New Deal Studios
  • Llyr Tobias Johansen known as visual effects coordinator: New Deal Studios
  • Jesse Klein Seret known as lead digital artist: theBasement
  • Roger Kupelian known as matte painter: The Syndicate
  • Gabriel Köerner known as cg artist: The Syndicate (as Gabriel Koerner)
  • Michael Labog known as visual effects technician: New Deal Studios
  • Joshua LaCross known as compositor: The Syndicate
  • Stephen Lawes known as compositing supervisor: theBasement
  • Tim LeDoux known as compositor: The Syndicate (as Tim Ledoux)
  • Robert Legato known as visual effects supervisor (as Rob Legato)
  • Arthur D. Lindfield known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Noll Linsangan known as compositor: The Syndicate
  • Paula D. Lopez known as visual effects coordinator: New Deal Studios
  • Alexa Mantis known as digital botanist: The Syndicate
  • Raul Martinez known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Luke McDonald known as cg supervisor: The Syndicate
  • Liz McLelland known as digital artist: New Deal Studios (as Elizabeth McLelland)
  • Kevin McTurk known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Bret Moore known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • Ray Moore known as model maker: New Deal Studios (as Raymond Moore)
  • Daniel Naulin known as digital effects artist: The Syndicate
  • Steve Newburn known as model maker: New Deal Studios
  • A.J. Raitano known as visual effects technician: New Deal Studios
  • Shinichi Rembutsu known as cg artist: The Syndicate
  • Rick Rische known as matte painter: The Syndicate
  • Ariane Rosier known as visual effects coordinator: The Syndicate
  • David Sanger known as visual effects producer: New Deal Studios
  • Minoru Sasaki known as lead cg artist: The Syndicate (as Minory Sasaki)
  • Scott Schneider known as miniature crew chief: New Deal Studios
  • Brandon Seifert known as model maker: New Deal Studios (as Branden W. Seifert)
  • Verdi Sevenhuysen known as flame artist: The Syndicate
  • Richard King Slifka known as model maker: New Deal Studios (as Richard Slifka)
  • Azalia Snail known as visual effects technician: New Deal Studios
  • Kenny Solomon known as executive producer: The Syndicate
  • Jonathan Stone known as visual effects producer: The Syndicate
  • Emerick Tackett known as cg artist: The Syndicate
  • Alex Taylor known as visual effects technician: New Deal Studios (as Alexander J. Taylor)
  • Montie Taylor known as visual effects technician: New Deal Studios
  • Michael Theurer known as digital effects producer: New Deal Studios
  • Nathalie Thierce known as model painter: New Deal Studios
  • Andres Vitale known as compositor: The Syndicate
  • Adam Watkins known as cg supervisor: The Syndicate
  • Steve Wright known as digital artist: New Deal Studios
  • Clara Coulter known as 3D scan technician/modeler (uncredited)
  • Yoshi DeHerrera known as Lidar technician (uncredited)
  • Steve Dellerson known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Lawrence Fagan known as spydercam flight control (uncredited)
  • Adam Francis known as motion control technician (uncredited)
  • Shannon Blake Gans known as visual effects producer: New Deal Studios, Inc. (uncredited)
  • Adam Gerstel known as visual effects editor (uncredited)
  • Christina Graff known as visual effects producer: Crazy Horse Effects (uncredited)
  • Paul Graff known as visual effects supervisor: Crazy Horse Effects (uncredited)
  • Brooke Keesling known as visual effects production coordinator: New Deal Studios (uncredited)
  • Paul C. McKenna known as Technocrane technician: visual effects unit (uncredited)
  • Daniel P. Moore known as video operator: visual effects unit (uncredited)
  • Desi Ortiz known as visual effects managing editor: CafeFX (uncredited)
  • Todd Semmes known as spydercam coordinator/rigging (uncredited)
  • Robert Stromberg known as visual effects designer (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Germany 13 February 2010 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Australia 18 February 2010
  • Denmark 18 February 2010
  • Georgia 18 February 2010
  • Kazakhstan 18 February 2010
  • Netherlands 18 February 2010
  • Russia 18 February 2010
  • Bulgaria 19 February 2010
  • Canada 19 February 2010
  • Finland 19 February 2010
  • Lithuania 19 February 2010
  • Norway 19 February 2010
  • Spain 19 February 2010
  • Sweden 19 February 2010
  • USA 19 February 2010
  • Belgium 24 February 2010
  • France 24 February 2010
  • Czech Republic 25 February 2010
  • Germany 25 February 2010
  • Greece 25 February 2010
  • Israel 25 February 2010
  • New Zealand 25 February 2010
  • Portugal 25 February 2010
  • Romania 25 February 2010
  • Slovakia 25 February 2010
  • Austria 26 February 2010
  • Estonia 26 February 2010
  • Iceland 26 February 2010
  • Taiwan 26 February 2010
  • Venezuela 26 February 2010
  • Indonesia 3 March 2010
  • Switzerland 3 March 2010 (French speaking region)
  • Hungary 4 March 2010
  • Switzerland 4 March 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Colombia 5 March 2010
  • Italy 5 March 2010
  • Egypt 10 March 2010
  • Argentina 11 March 2010
  • Hong Kong 11 March 2010
  • Kuwait 11 March 2010
  • Peru 11 March 2010
  • Brazil 12 March 2010
  • Ireland 12 March 2010
  • Mexico 12 March 2010
  • Panama 12 March 2010
  • Turkey 12 March 2010
  • UK 12 March 2010
  • Malta 17 March 2010
  • South Korea 18 March 2010
  • Poland 26 March 2010
  • Syria 1 April 2010
  • Japan 9 April 2010
  • Philippines 14 April 2010
  • Malaysia 15 April 2010
  • Singapore 15 April 2010
  • Uruguay 23 April 2010

MPAA: Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Connor Stednitz from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    Shutter Island. A film that will divide the film community. A film thatwill leave many upset, and hating it. A film that has alreadycompletely split the critics. A movie that messes with you. And no onelikes to be messed with. And that is exactly where it exceeds. ThinkI'm contradicting myself?

    Shutter Island is one of the most well crafted psychological thrillersto come by since Silence Of The Lambs. And it is no coincidence bothwere brilliantly written novels. Shutter Island is adapted by a bookwritten by Dennis Lehane (wrote gone baby, gone and mystic river). Itis a book filled with twists and turns, that will leave the readerdizzy. And, that is what it's film counterpart does to the fullest.Martin Scorsese helms the director chair, in a movie where he is morefree than any before. This is Scorsese at his most unrestrained.

    Marty takes what he has learned from the great films of the past andputs it into his. The master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock's influenceis everywhere you look in this film. And it is no wonder, consideringScorsese even showed one of his greatest works to the crew: Vertigo.And many of those ideas are present in Shutter Island; the cliff scenesscream Hitchcock. This is a film that creeps and crawls, and is filledwith dark corners. And it is all heightened by the coming storm thatlooms over the island. This is classic film noir.

    The story follows Teddy, a federal Marshall, and his partner Chuck(Played by DiCaprio and Ruffulo). They go to this mysterious islandenveloped in fog to investigate an escape. From these opening scenes,Marty has set up a dark and creepy premise.

    Almost the whole movie incorporates this story as Teddy desperatelytries to find the truths he seeks. Teddy is shown as a scared man; aman of war and violence as portrayed in various flashbacks. These willgo on to be increasingly important as the story progresses. We followTeddy on his quest, through every dark corridor and perilousconfrontations. Slowly, we are given pieces to the puzzle, but theaudience does not even realize it. For we, like Teddy, are blind. Forthe moment at least. It is because of this that the thrillingconclusion will leave many blindsided. But, you see, that is where thisthriller becomes something more. We as the audience are put in Teddy'sshoes, and we feel all the things he feels. It is a complete assault onthe senses, and it works beautifully.

    This is a film you must watch carefully. That is another thing thatsets this apart, it is a horror film that makes you actually think. Inthis day and age, I'm not surprised some found it terrible esp. aftertheir brains have been turned to mush by these new gore filled horrorfilms. Scorsese's ultimate goal here is to wake you up. And trust me,you probably wont like it.

    This is also a film I would recommend seeing a second time. In fact, itis even better the second time. All those pieces of that puzzle youdidn't catch the first time, you will the second. You see, we as theaudience are first put in the shoes of Teddy. The second? Well, withoutgiving too much away, lets just say you are put in someones else'sshoes entirely during the second viewing.

    Shutter Island. A film that will make you question your own sanity. Afilm that will leave you breathless. A film that has re-ignited thethriller genre. A film that will leave you, and the main character,searching for answers.

    10 out of 10


  2. TheDeadMayTasteBad from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    There is one line of dialogue, right at the end of Shutter Islandbefore the credits roll, that elevates the emotion of the film andmakes it much more powerful. For those of you, like me, who read andenjoyed the novel before seeing the film and felt that the trailers andadvertisements for this film were leading you to believe there wouldn'tbe any narrative surprises in store, think again! Scorsese's filmfeatures that one brief piece of dialogue at the films conclusion thatresults in an entirely different perception of the final act. The restof the film, however, is very faithful to Dennis Lehane's already greatstory.

    Shutter Island represents exactly what one should hope for when seeinga novel being interpreted to film. While it certainly does the sourcematerial justice, it also adds small changes that make for adistinctive experience. Even if you've read the novel multiple times,you'll feel like you're reading the book for the first time again whilewatching. Scorsese perfectly recreates the menacing atmosphere of theisland on film. Every location is foreboding and drenched with hints ofunseen danger in dark corners. The lighthouse, the caves, the civil warfort housing "the most dangerous patients," and the islanditself–every locale seems large yet claustrophobic and isolated at thesame time.

    I often experience claustrophobia myself and there are certain filmsthat really capitalize on that personal fear and make it more relevantand eerie to me. Neil Marshall's The Descent was one such picture, andthis is another. An confined island is a terrific horror location andit comes with its own type of fear. The utter desperation to escapefrom a persistent and confined nightmare is something Teddy (Dicaprio)is receiving in high doses, and so does the audience.

    As with Scorsese and DiCaprio's previous collaborations, this is amovie that must be seen. Here they explore the horror/thriller genrewith gravitas, with no small part played by Laeta Kalogridis insupplying the screenplay. While most modern pictures of its kind lackcharacter or any real sense of suspense, Shutter Island doesn't go forcheap gags. I concur with Ebert when he says one of the key elements tothis film is that it releases its tension through suspense instead ofmindless action sequences. That's not to knock a well-deserved freneticscene of violence every once in awhile–it works to the advantage ofsome films like Evil Dead II and Planet Terror–but had Teddy and Chuckgone running and gunning through the facility's faculty, the mood thismovie keeps in check so well would have been lost.

    However, that mood isn't sacrificed and "spooky" is punched up to fullforce. A considerable amount of that spooky is generated by a "best of"collection of actors that have mastered the art of creepy: BenKingsley, Jackie Earle Haley, Ted Levine, and Max Von Sydow just toname a few. Had Tom Noonan been thrown in the cast as well, my "TopFive People I Would Not Want to Be Left in the Dark with, Especially ina Room with No Doors or Windows" list would have been completelyexhausted. On that note, is it just me or has Sydow mysteriously notaged since The Exorcist? Was there a secret pact made between Luciferand Father Merrin? Whether he sold his soul or not, he's quite ominousin every single scene he is present in. All of this great talent infront of the camera doesn't mean anything though if you don't have afaithful orchestrator behind it. Luckily you have Scorsese leading thelens and he points the movie in the right direction, even if this isn'tamong his very best works. His style works amazingly with suspenseladen projects and at times he even seems to channel Hitchcock andKubrick, though there's always something distinctively Scorsese aboutthe presentation. I found the editing in the opening scene, with Chuckand Teddy approaching Shutter Island, to be very odd and frantic,though I think the audience will know why Scorsese displayed the scenethe way he did after completing the film.

    With a body of work so impressive, Shutter Island is among captivatingcompany. The good news is that Shutter Island carves out a place of itsown in his resume. While no Goodfellas or Raging Bull or Taxi Driver, Ihave no problem placing Shutter side by side The Last Temptation ofChrist and Bringing Out the Dead. The cinematography is bright andgorgeous. Scorsese doesn't rely on the over-grainy, ugly presentationthat most modern horror or suspense-riddled thrillers rely on. He useslush, bright color during daytime and dream sequences to flush out adistinct feeling of terror.

    Shutter Island isn't just a pretty face, its also got a great story toboot and this is why I've been anticipating the film for so long. Asmentioned earlier, I've been exposed and digested the source materialmyself before seeing the movie. I was worried the trailers for the filmwere giving away too much through their spots on television and on thesilver screen, but Scorsese has added enough to the film for the storyto feel fresh even for those "in the know." You are transferred in thefilms paranoia and phobia once the camera pans through the mentalfacilities open doors. Lehane is one of the luckiest authors on theplanet to have his work adapted to the big screen by talents such asEastwood and Scorsese, but his work is brilliant and deserving of suchtreatment.

    At the risk of spoiling plot points for potential viewers who have notread the book, I'll leave a Related Recommendations section concealedin "Spoiler" tags. Discussing this story at any length can be quiterevealing.

  3. slothhead54 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    I just saw Shutter Island this evening, just prior to its Americanrelease. I have to say this film was full of intrigue. Prior to viewingthis film I had built a preconceived notion of what this thriller wasgoing to be like because I was fooled yet again by good marketing whenwatching the trailer. This is probably not the movie for your averagefilm-goer who wants an easy plot line to follow and little thoughtrequired. This movie does challenge the viewer physchologically anddefinitely holds your attention all the way through. For someone whowas never much of a Leonardo fan, his performance is brilliant, so muchrange to his character. In fact all of the acting in this film isexcellent. The directing is probably the best quality to this film. Ialways enjoy watching a film that is as unpredicatable as this film andwhere the director has turned the plot line on to his viewer.

  4. Trevor Todd from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    Really, Scorsese should just give it away for anyone. The man is one ofthe most brilliant directors of our time. Anyway, let me get to theactual movie; I just saw it at a early screening and have to write thiswhile I'm thinking about how stunning it was. Shutter Island iscertainly not a typical film, not even for Scorsese. It is a differenttake for the director, and he does it, as he does every film,perfectly, so much as to be in his own league of film-making. I don'twant to give anything away, but I will say this: Shutter Island wascompletely unexpected, and a great start to 2010. It had all thecomponents of a great film, and then some. The acting is spot on fromevery character; none of it seems forged or out of place. The script isfantastic; it has one of the most intriguing plots I have seen in awhile (exception being Tarantino's Basterds). Everything, down to theset's lighting, was perfectly executed. I will say that not everyonewill like this; Shutter Island, again, isn't your typical movie. Tothose, though, who do choose to see this film, be ready for acompelling, gripping, thought-provoking experience, so much so that youmight think to see it again for further clarity (I know I will; it wasso entertaining and my mind was blown!). Don't be surprised if you seethis at the next Oscars…

  5. bain0038 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    From the look of the trailer, Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island" looksmore like a horror film… This is a dangerous place where isolationrules under fascist control. A U.S Marshall is sent to an asylum toinvestigate a missing patient but discovers so much more. A demon? Aghost? Something more? Is this going to be as disappointing as I thinkit is?

    I was skeptical walking into the theater, wondering if this twist couldhold water. The film starts with Teddy Daniels and his new partner,Chuck, standing on a ferry. They talk about their assignment. What'ssuspect here is that there is no additional development. We are bam,smack right into the story without so much as an opening montage. Allthat we see is the men smoking a couple cigarettes. Though this is whatbegins as momentous development. As our hero smokes we that this isn'tthe glorified top lit smoking of a beauty or that of a sophisticatedand confident gangster. We see that this is a harsher character withpoor posture, someone who doesn't sleep well, someone with a deep past…

    They are greeted at the gate by guards whose attitudes' seemimmediately suspect. Soon we meet Dr Crawley, a seemingly complex andmodern man who runs the asylum. However, he soon turns uncooperativewith the investigation. Inmates and staff are hiding something butwhat? Everyone here seems off. Evidence and clues begin to appear butnot before our hero seems riddled by psychosis himself. "You act likeall this madness is contagious." Daniels says to the guard. Is it? Soonwe begin to wonder, too, but not before he uncovers the tip of theiceberg and it's not only painfully intimate with his own past but alsoa mass conspiracy. The Nazis had concentration camps and the Americanshave Shutter Island.

    Though, it doesn't stop here, but to say anything else would do thestory injustice… Kingsley is in his finest role in years. Similarly,DiCaprio reaches new levels. Amongst others Elias Koteas, Ted Levine,Michelle Williams, all play small but wonderful roles. RobertRichardson captures a world all of its own.

    While Scorsese is a master of film I'd say that his specialty has beenmore character than story. This is a fresh balance of both. It's a mixof noir and thriller. It's only sort of a horror movie and could becompared to "The Shining" but it makes it look like it's a one trickpony.

    All this praise being said it's not for everyone. The story is complex.It takes some attention. At times it's a bit bleak and dire. Of courseit all makes a little less sense when you actually think about it butthen again that's film. There are a couple of moments where the storygets lost within itself. Things become a bit too complicated. At thispoint you might begin to lose faith in its viscosity, but don't worrybecause the story has you right where its put you.

  6. del91 from Anywhere...yet nowhere
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    Finally, a horror/thriller that actually, genuinely scares the crap outof you. Not because it has fancy villains in masks or sadistic bucketsof gore throughout. No, it scares you because it messes with your mind.Most will hate this movie, they don't like their brains being tamperedwith. I loved it. It's what we needed after all those gory R-rated andsometimes lame-duck PG-13 horror crap-fests.

    The horror/thriller genre has been raped lately, with gore and scantilyclad- women replacing the noir and terror that Alfred Hitchcockperfected in the '50s and '60's. Here director Martin Scorsese deliversin full blast, crafting a thriller in his own unique vision. Theatmosphere throughout the movie is tense and unsettling. Slow as it maybe, but it is crucial to the movie and it's genuinely gripping. Yourattention WILL not be lost. The scenery is beautiful and finely donewith no excessive lighting, grain or darkness. The editing by ThelmaSchoonmaker is fluid and pitch-perfect, and never makes the film losefocus. The movie is based on a book by Dennis Lehane and is packed withtwists and turns that will leave you breathless and uneasy. The moviecranks the breathlessness and uneasiness up to the power of 5. Themusic is also perfectly suited with the scenes. There is sometimes nomusic during suspenseful moments, and sometimes the music makes thescene even more disturbing and memorable. Alfred Hitchcock's noirishthriller style is back with a vengeance, here to teach today'smoviegoers the REAL meaning of suspense and horror.

    All the actors in the movie are in top-form. Once again, you can't gowrong with a Leonardo DiCaprio/Martin Scorsese collaboration. As theprotagonist, we the audience are thrust into his shoes and we are aboutas confused and scared as his character is, we feel what he feels. Itbecomes a psychological trip that poses many, many questions aboutoneself, that to discuss them here would spoil the entire movie. Thereare some flashbacks in the movie, but all of them are important cluesto DiCaprio's character. DiCaprio gives a stunning performance, onceagain tempting the Academy to give him another Best Actor nomination.DiCaprio gives a vivid portrayal of a vulnerable, haunted andultimately terrified man. Apart from DiCaprio there's really not much Ican say about the supporting cast, because they are all also terrific.Ben Kingsley; Mark Ruffalo; Michelle Williams; Max Von Sydow; JackieEarle Haley; Emily Mortimer; Patricia Clarkson; Ted Levine; EliasKoteas; John Carroll Lynch. All of them.

    In short, this is a psychological and frightening masterpiece that willmake you scared, will make you think, and will make you seekpsychological help. This is one of the best films of the year. See it,go in with an open mind and prepare to be blown away.

    Overall value: 9/10.

  7. Mister Nelson from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    I saw this and I knew what to expect going in to the film as I hadalready read about half of the book but never got the chance to finishit. But I was surprised at how faithful the film was to the originalmaterial.The directing was also masterfully done and pretty cool I sawsome cool camera tricks I hadn't seen since Martin Scorsese directedBringing Out The Dead, Martin Scorsese did one great job and everyonewas top notch especially Ben Kingsley and DiCaprio and I never though Iwould jump out of fright especially in a Scorsese film but I did. Allin all a solid thriller with a good story and some great performancesand for me it's the best film I've seen in 2010 so far.

  8. gregeichelberger from San Diego
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    Last year, I lamented the fact that Martin Scorsese's long-awaitpsychological thriller "Shutter Island" was relegated to the dead moviemonth of February, especially when it was receiving serious Oscar buzzat the time.

    Rumors floated about that the studio and Scorsese had come to a rift,that Marty wanted too much money, that he was being punished for beingthe most arrogant yet most talented director in the biz. Yep, as thesestories flew, I sided 100 percent with Scorsese and felt he was beingpersecuted – once again.

    Then I saw "Shutter Island." Now I know what the fuss wasn't all about.

    If ever a motion picture needed to be seen in February this is it. Asdifficult to watch as it is to review, "Shutter Island" is apsychotropic mish-mash of "Shawshank Redemption" meets "Vertigo" meets"The Sixth Sense" meets "Inglourious Basterds" meets "One Flew Over theCuckoo's Nest," all neatly wrapped up as an ode to Alfred Hitchcock butcoming off as simply a nod to Brian DePalma.

    Littered with weird visions, wild hallucinations, back-breaking plottwists and – unfortunately – scene after scene of dead children, thismovie laps itself in confusion and covers itself with a thick layer ofobfuscation leaving one shaking one's head and wondering just what thepoint of the entire enterprise was.

    Now, no doubt, those who love this film will toss about accusations ofthe stupidity of this scribbler, that he has no clue about the nuancesof the Dennis Lehane novel from which it came; or the depth of theemotional screenplay adaptation by Laeta Kalogridis (whose last majorscreenplay was the wonderful, historically-accurate "Pathfinder").

    That being written, to me, this movie had so much potential – all ofwhich was smashed to bits by heavy-handed direction, apunch-in-the-face musical score, dead-end plot lines and a mystery thatNancy Drew herself would have found far too easy to solve. Then, afterthe endless maze of twists and turns we're forced go through, the movietakes a lame swipe at McCarthyism – where was Charlie McCarthy when Ineeded him?

    It's 1954 and U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, ChuckAule (Mark Ruffalo, "Where the Wild Things Are") arrive at a creepyfederal asylum for the criminally insane off the coast of Massachuttes.Evidently, a young woman prisoner – who drowned her three children -escaped and they have been called in to investigate.

    I write "evidently" because nothing is as it seems in this picture, butone will get used to that. Treated as intruders by the bellowing guardsand like idiots by the high-toned doctors (Ben Kingsley and Max VonSydow), the two marshals carry on their investigation, even though a"Jurassic Park"-like hurricane is threatening to overwhelm the entireisland.

    In the meantime, Teddy is having bizarre hallucinogenic nightmaresfeaturing his wife, Delores (Michelle Williams, Oscar nominee for"Brokeback Mountain"), who perished in a fire set by a guy who ishoused in this very facility. In these dreams, Delores keeps trying togive Teddy clues about the film, but he refuses to listen.

    He also relates how, as a U.S. soldier liberating one of the Nazi deathcamps, he and others lined up German soldiers against the wall andmachine-gunned them. I'm not sure why these scenes were in the movie,since they had nothing to do with the plot – then again, NOTHING inthis movie had ANYTHING to do with the plot.

    Teddy even tracks down an old college friend, George Noy (Jackie EarleHaley, Jr., "Little Children"), now housed in the dreaded C Ward; andlater meets a facility doctor hiding out in a cave raving about theCold War, mind-control experiments and brainwashing techniques. Butlike everything else, these story-lines, too, come to dead ends.

    We now not only begin to question Teddy's sanity, but our own as thefilm takes even more hairpin turns until arriving at the single mostdisappointing conclusion of any Scorsese film ever made, especially inthe light of Teddy's last bold declaration, which I was hoping (againstall hope) would rectify and redeem his character, as well as the film.

    Fans of the director will no doubt appreciate this effort and I do,too, in some respects. The acting, especially DiCaprio, Williams andKingsley, are without flaw. The newly-hot Haley, Jr. huff and puffsadmirably during his two-minute screen time, Von Sydow is appropriatelyGerman and Ruffalo basically reacts to Teddy the entire time.

    The cinematography of Robert Richardson ("Inglourious Basterds," "TheAviator," "Kill Bill, Volumes 1 and 2") is always amazing, as well. Hisgritty, creepy, atmospheric view of the daunting Gothic castle-likestructure takes on a life of its own.

    It's a shame that Scorsese had to litter it all with dead kids,half-hearted nowhere scenes and incidental characters which turn out tomean absolutely nothing. I'm not an idiot and I don't want my films fedto me like a toddler in a high chair, but it doesn't hurt to walk awayfrom a movie feeling one has gotten SOMETHING out of it.

    Is that too much to ask?

  9. meftsimmons from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    First, I know many who read this will not take the time to researchwhat I'm saying to see that it is true and further, many won't have theability to see it even if they did. So, I know this review will bethumbed down by those who don't like the hard truths in life but thismovie (or should I say novel by Dennis Lehane) was a nice piece ofplagiarism based upon a 1920 silent film called The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari.

    The same basic plot exists in both as well as the exact same twistending. The lead character investigates an insane asylum and tries toput clues together to figure out the mystery surrounding the place butas we near the end, we learn that the lead character isn't there toinvestigate anything. He's an inmate there who has invented much ofwhat he was investigating as part of his coping mechanism.

    Shutter Island would have been a good movie if it hadn't ripped off TheCabinet of Dr. Caligari so blatantly. Lehane obviously knew that theold movie was in the public domain but instead of telling the viewersthat it was based on that movie, they just pass it off as his (and/orScorseesi's idea). That, my friends, is the definition of plagiarism.

    I don't recommend this whatsoever for this reason. It is a shame andLehane should be called on it but who will do it? Too much $ to be madereheating the old dishes and calling them made from scratch.

    Watch The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (it's on y o u t u b e if you want tocompare the two and see that what I'm saying is 100% correct).

    I almost never write reviews but this time, I had to.

  10. politically_incorrect204 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:51 pm

    I hate to say this as much anyone else but for me this film had ahorribly disappoint ending. First before I delve into that I'd like tosay that the acting, the writing, the shooting, the film in general asfar as quality goes was very good. But the ending was verydisappointing. And no I am no idiot or newbie when it comes to film.But I thought the was very much a cop out. Now granted I know this isbased off of a novel, hence there are certain restraints to adhering tothis novel somewhat. That being said I found the idea of the medicalexperimentation, mental hospital, nazi experiments, and astray patientsmuch more tantalizing, realistic, and more full of potential. The trickending where its all in someone's head is done far too often sadly. Iwas hoping that while it dragged one there at the end it wouldultimately reveal he was playing them or that he would stay true andnot give in. But that didn't happen. I guess for me I was justexpecting something not so cliché for an ending from the likes ofScorsese's genius mind. But all things said and done I definitely can'tgive this movie all negative remarks, wonderfully acted and scripted.Great atmosphere, shooting, photography, etc. But I feel the endingshould have been less cliché or not as cheap I guess. Felt like it wasjust an easy way out and not fully developing the tension and intriguethat they had built throughout. But either way its each to their own,so maybe you will appreciate the ending more than I. FYI – I dounderstand the undertones of the ending and the ambiguity, but I don'tthink that saves the ending or does the film justice in it's entirety.

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