Shutter Island

February 19th 2010
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 138 min,
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Patricia Clarkson, Jackie Earle Haley, Ruby Jerins, Drew Beasley, Ken Cheeseman, Curtiss Cook, Christopher Denham, Gary Galone, Tom Kemp, Elias Koteas, Ted Levine, Dennis Lynch, John Carroll Lynch, Robert Masiello, Joseph McKenna, Aidan Cole Mitchell, Nellie Sciutto, Gregory Seymore, Joseph Sikora, Damian Zuk
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Writer: Steve Knight
  • Producers: Brad Fischer, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Martin Scorsese
  • Co Producers: Joseph P. Reidy, Emma Tillinger
  • Executive Producers: Chris Brigham, Laeta Kalogridis, Dennis Lehane, Louis Phillips
  • Art Directions: Max Biscoe, Robert Guerra, Christina Ann Wilson
  • Castings: Ellen Lewis, Meghan Rafferty
  • Costume Design: Sandy Powell
  • D.O.P.: Robert Richardson
  • Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Makeup: Manlio Rocchetti
  • Music: Robbie Robertson
  • Production Design: Dante Ferretti
  • Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo


Based on the novel "Shutter Island" by Dennis Lehane. An atmospheric psychological thriller set in a 1950s asylum for the criminally insane. It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Shutter Island's Ashecliffe Hospital. He'd been gunning for an assignment on the island for reasons of his own -- 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 code-breaking 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 proliferate, Teddy begins to doubt everything -- his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Boston, USA; Virginia, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Disturbing violent content, language and some nudity
  • Production Budget: $80 million
  • Production Companies: Phoenix Pictures, Sikelia Productions, Appian Way, Hollywood Gang Productions, Paramount Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 6 March 2008 - 2 July 2008

Featured Articles


Mark Wahlberg, Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin were considered for the role taken by Mark Ruffalo. Wolfgang Petersen and David Fincher were previously considered to direct.

2010 Guide Analysis: "Much like Paul Greengrass' "Green Zone", this was originally pegged as an Oscar contender before a delay to the Spring and a first trailer came out which showed it to be a twisted mainstream thriller. This isn't Scorsese doing yet another mob crime drama or some biopic desperate for awards, this is Scorsese just indulging himself in a populist pulpy thriller - something he hasn't really done since his great remake of "Cape Fear" in 1991 and something I've been keen to see him tackle again.

What will be interesting will be the critical response. Scorsese and DiCaprio together usually means awards, as does an adaptation of work by Lehane ("Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone"). When it comes out it'll almost certainly disappoint a big swath of critics who want mobster tragedy Oscar bait and can't handle the idea of their cinematic god Scorsese slumming it with such generic thriller nonsense. Or it could surprise and actually be far more original and exciting than the trailers have let on.

Reviews out of a screening in Texas the other month painted a somewhat confusing picture with both the aforementioned disappointment and surprise popping up, often in the same critique. The overall response seemed to indicate that while the twists and mystery elements weren't as well handled as they should've been, the film has been crafted with a lot of care with certain elements like the atmosphere and the performances scoring high praise. Don't be surprised if it ends up making an appearance on a lot of critic's 'Honorable Mentions' lists at the end of 2010."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 18 February 2010: Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Russia
  • 19 February 2010: Bulgaria, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden
  • 24 February 2010: Belgium, France
  • 25 February 2010: Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Singapore
  • 26 February 2010: Estonia, Iceland, Taiwan, Venezuela
  • 4 March 2010: Hungary
  • 5 March 2010: Brazil, Italy
  • 10 March 2010: Egypt
  • 11 March 2010: Israel
  • 12 March 2010: Mexico, Turkey, UK
  • 18 March 2010: South Korea
  • 26 March 2010: Poland
  • 9 April 2010: Japan