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Genre  Drama, Romance, War
Music director  Nathan Larson
Country  United States
7.2/10 IMDb

Director  Oren Moverman
Initial DVD release  May 18, 2010
Language  English
The Messenger (2009 film) movie poster
Release date  November 13, 2009 (2009-11-13)
Writer  Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman
Cast  Ben Foster (Will Montgomery), Woody Harrelson (Tony Stone), Jena Malone (Kelly), Eamonn Walker (Stuart Dorsett), Samantha Morton (Olivia Pitterson), Steve Buscemi (Dale Martin)
Similar movies  Jupiter Ascending, Frozen, Knock Knock, Pitch Perfect 2, Fish Tank, Avatar
Tagline  The Scars of War Will Last Forever

The messenger 2009

The Messenger is a 2009 war drama film starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Steve Buscemi, and Jena Malone. It is the directorial debut of Oren Moverman, who also wrote the screenplay with Alessandro Camon.


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The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Berlinale Peace Film Award '09. The film received first prize for the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival. The film has also received four Independent Spirit Award nominations (including one win), a Golden Globe nomination, and two Academy Award nominations.

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The Messenger (2009 film) movie scenes

Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a lone rebellious U.S. Army staff sergeant and declared war hero, has returned home from Iraq, and since he served enough war time, he is assigned as a casualty notification officer. Montgomery is partnered with a strict recovering alcoholic, Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton), now a single mother, to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.


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  • Ben Foster as SSgt. Will Montgomery
  • Woody Harrelson as Capt. Tony Stone
  • Samantha Morton as Olivia Pitterson
  • Jena Malone as Kelly
  • Steve Buscemi as Dale Martin
  • Yaya DaCosta as Monica Washington
  • Eamonn Walker as LtCol. Stuart Dorsett
  • Peter Francis James as Dr. Grosso
  • Merritt Wever as Lara
  • Gaius Charles as Recruiter Brown
  • Brendan Sexton III as Recruiter Olson
  • Carl Anthony Payne II as Pitterson's Father
  • Halley Feiffer as Marla Cohen
  • Peter Friedman as Mr. Cohen
  • Jeremy Strong as Returning Soldier
  • Fiona Dourif as Returning Soldier's Wife
  • Michael Chernus as Alan
  • Production

    The Messenger (2009 film) movie scenes

    The Messenger marked the directorial debut of Israeli screenwriter and former journalist Oren Moverman. Though Sydney Pollack, Roger Michell, and Ben Affleck were all attached to direct the movie at various times, when those talks fell through, the producers eventually asked Moverman to helm the project. The filmmakers worked closely with the United States Army and the Walter Reed Medical Center to conduct research on military life, and were specifically advised by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Sinor as a technical consultant.


    The Messenger (2009 film) movie scenes

    In North America, The Messenger opened in limited release in 4 theaters and grossed $44,523 for an average of $11,131 per theater ranking 46th at the box office. The film went on to earn $1.1 million domestically and $411,601 internationally for a total of $1.5 million, against its budget of $6.5 million.

    Though not a box office success, the film was praised by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 89% based on 157 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The site's critical consensus states, "A dark but timely subject is handled deftly by writer/director Owen Moverman and superbly acted by Woody Harrleson and Ben Foster." On Metacritic the film has a score of 77 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

    Harrelson's performance was subject to considerable praise, leading to Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

    Top ten lists

    The Messenger received strong positive reviews from critics and appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2009.

  • 3rd: Robert Mondello, NPR
  • 4th: Ty Burr, Boston Globe
  • 4th: Stephen Holden, The New York Times
  • 9th: Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
  • 10th: Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
  • Top 10: David Denby, The New Yorker
  • References

    The Messenger (2009 film) Wikipedia
    The Messenger (2009 film) IMDb The Messenger (2009 film)