The Messenger

November 13th 2009
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 107 min,
  • Oscilloscope Pictures
  • Cast: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker, Angel Caban, Gaius Charles, Michael Chernus, J.D. Daniels, Lisa Emery, Halley Feiffer, Peter Friedman, Kevin Hagan, Peter Francis James, Lisa Joyce, Jenny Kirlin, Sam Kitchin, J. Salome Martinez, Lindsay Michelle Nader, Portia, Armand Schultz, Jeremy Strong, Adam Trese, Merritt Wever, Steve Buscemi, Steve Antonucci
  • Director: Oren Moverman
  • Writers: Oren Moverman, Alessandro Camon
  • Producers: Benjamin Goldhirsh, Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller
  • Executive Producers: Steffen Aumueller, Nathaniel Bolotin, Christopher Mapp, Shaun Redick, Glenn M. Stewart, Matthew Street, David Whealy, Bryan Zuriff
  • Art Direction: Scott Anderson
  • Castings: Laura Rosenthal, Alice Farrell
  • Costume Design: Catherine George
  • D.O.P.: Bobby Bukowski
  • Editor: Alex Hall
  • Makeup: Sharon Burke
  • Music: Nathan Larson
  • Production Design: Stephen J. Beatrice
  • Set Decoration: Cristina Casanas


In his most powerful performance to date, Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who 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 (Woody Harrelson) 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 (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Featuring tour-de-force performances from Foster, Harrelson and Morton, and a brilliant directorial debut by Oren Moverman, "The Messenger" brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New Jersey, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language and some sexual content/nudity
  • Production Companies: Oscilloscope Laboratories, Omnilab Media, Sherazade Film Development, Mark Gordon Company, Good Worldwide, All the Kings Horses, Reason Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 20 May 2008 - July 2008

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The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was in competition at Berlin International Film Festival 2009 where it won a Silver Bear '09 - Best Screenplay and Berlinale Peace Film Award '09.

The movie got the first prize for the 2009 Deauville American Film Festival.

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