Mystic River: Merie W. Wallace
EW Staff
August 21, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

”Mystic River” is one of the 10 fall movies we can’t wait to see

WHY WE CAN’T WAIT Advance word has been strong since Cannes, where film fans praised the ace cast (led by Sean Penn, above, Kevin Bacon, and Tim Robbins) and director Clint Eastwood.

SOURCE MATERIAL The 2001 novel by Dennis Lehane

PLOT POINTS Three friends, all haunted by a fateful event from their shared childhood, are reunited as adults during the investigation of the murder of one of the men’s (Penn) daughter. Another member of the trio (Bacon) is the detective, and the third (Robbins) may be the chief suspect.

BURNING QUESTION Will audiences come to a grim Eastwood police procedural that doesn’t feature Eastwood himself cathartically blowing away the bad guy?

COME FOR The drama

STAY FOR The trauma

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