The Messenger

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Award-winning screenwriter Oren Moverman (I'M NOT THERE, JESUS' SON) makes his directorial debut with THE MESSENGER, features Ben Foster, in his first leading role, as Will Montgomery, a war hero with 3 months left in the service. read more
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Award-winning screenwriter Oren Moverman (I'M NOT THERE, JESUS' SON) makes his directorial debut with THE MESSENGER, features Ben Foster, in his first leading role, as Will Montgomery, a war hero with 3 months left in the service. After recovering from his physical injuries, Will has returned to a life that doesn't resemble what he left behind: his ex-girlfriend (Jena Malone) is now engaged, his home life consists of heavy drinking and heavy metal and he has been assigned to Casualty Notification Office, under the command of the wry and tough supervisor Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson). The two men form a unique and unlikely friendship, while Will finds himself surprisingly falling for a young widow (Samantha Morton) whom he's been assigned to notify of her husband's death in action. Featuring tour-de-force performances from Foster, Harrelson and Morton, THE MESSENGER shows the challenges of moving past the anger, fear and rage war has on veterans and their families, and the universal need for connections. Moverman brings us into the inner life of these seemingly tough, cocky heroes to delicately reveal the fragile characters hidden underneath.

Original Release

11/13/2009

US Release

11/13/2009

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Cast

Steve Buscemi Dale Martin
Woody Harrelson Captain Tony Stone / Tony Stone
Ben Foster Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery / Will Montgomery
Samantha Morton Olivia Pitterson
Eamonn Walker Colonel Stuart Dorsett / Stuart Dorsett
Jena Malone Kelly
Dale Soules Cashier
Stevie Ray Dallimore Kelly's Father
Michael Chernus Alan
Marceline Hugot Mrs. Flanigan
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Oren Moverman

Writers

Alessandro Camon, Oren Moverman

Cast

Steve Buscemi Dale Martin
Woody Harrelson Captain Tony Stone / Tony Stone
Ben Foster Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery / Will Montgomery
Samantha Morton Olivia Pitterson
Eamonn Walker Colonel Stuart Dorsett / Stuart Dorsett
Jena Malone Kelly
Dale Soules Cashier
Stevie Ray Dallimore Kelly's Father
Michael Chernus Alan
Marceline Hugot Mrs. Flanigan
Lindsay Michelle Nader Claire
Gaius Charles Recruiter Brown
Peter Francis James Dr. Grosso
Yaya DaCosta Monica Washington
Brendan Sexton III Recruiter Olson
Portia Mrs. Burrell
Lisa Joyce Emily
Paul Diomede Motorcycle Cop
Jahmir Duran-Abreau Matt Pitterson
Brian Adam DeJesus Teenager #1

Producers

Bryan Zuriff Executive Producer
David Whealy Executive Producer
Steffen Aumueller Executive Producer
Claus Clausen Executive Producer
Benjamin Goldhirsh Executive Producer
Raymond Mansfield Executive Producer
Christopher Mapp Executive Producer
Shaun Redick Executive Producer
Glenn M. Stewart Executive Producer
Matthew Street Executive Producer
Benjamin Goldhirsh Producer
Lawrence Inglee Producer
Zach Miller Producer
Gwen Bialic Producer
Mark Gordon Producer

Editors

Alex Hall

2010OscarBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2010OscarBest Writing, Original Screenplay Nominated
2010Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
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