The Messenger


1h 45m 2009

Brief Synopsis

U.S. Army officer Will Montgomery, 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 to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seek

Film Details

Also Known As
El mensajero, Messenger, mensajero
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Romance
War
Release Date
2009
Production Company
The Mark Gordon Company; The Works; United Talent Agency
Distribution Company
Oscilloscope Pictures; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Distribution Company; Entertainment One; Golden Scene; Lucky Red; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Megacom Film (Mcf); Oscilloscope Pictures; Oscilloscope Pictures; Paris Filmes; RCV Distribution; Senator Film Verleih; Ster-Kinekor; The Works; Wild Bunch AG; ZON Lusomundo (now part of NOS Audiovisuals)

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

U.S. Army officer Will Montgomery, 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 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, to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve.

Film Details

Also Known As
El mensajero, Messenger, mensajero
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Romance
War
Release Date
2009
Production Company
The Mark Gordon Company; The Works; United Talent Agency
Distribution Company
Oscilloscope Pictures; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Distribution Company; Entertainment One; Golden Scene; Lucky Red; Madman Entertainment Pty., Ltd.; Megacom Film (Mcf); Oscilloscope Pictures; Oscilloscope Pictures; Paris Filmes; RCV Distribution; Senator Film Verleih; Ster-Kinekor; The Works; Wild Bunch AG; ZON Lusomundo (now part of NOS Audiovisuals)

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Feature directorial debut for Oren Moverman.

Released in United States Fall November 13, 2009

Released in United States November 20, 2009 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video May 18, 2010

Released in United States 2009 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (New Lights Competition) October 30-November 7, 2009.)

Released in United States January 2009 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) January 15-25, 2009.)

Nominated for the 2009 award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Woody Harrelson) by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2009 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of the 2009 award for Best Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2009 Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male (Woody Harrelson); also nominated for Best Screenplay, Best First Feature and Best Supporting Female (Samantha Morton) by Film Independent (FIND).

Winner of two awards including the Grand Prize and the International Critics' Prize at the 2009 Deauville Festival of American Cinema.

Winner of two awards including the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Peace Film Award at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall November 13, 2009

Released in United States November 20, 2009

Released in United States on Video May 18, 2010

Released in United States 2009

Released in United States January 2009

Released in United States February 2009

Released in United States September 2009

Released in United States October 2009

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 5-15, 2009.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 4-13, 2009.

Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 8-16, 2009.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Gala Presentation) October 8-22, 2009.

Project was included on the 2006 Black List.

Released in United States February 2009 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival (Competition) February 5-15, 2009.)

Released in United States September 2009 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) September 4-13, 2009. )

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (World Cinema) October 8-16, 2009.)

Released in United States October 2009 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Gala Presentation) October 8-22, 2009.)

Co-winner of the 2009 Spotlight Award for Best Directorial Debut by the National Board of Review (NBR).