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* NotProven: By the end of the story, Sean is sure that Jimmy was involved in the deaths of both "Just Ray" and Dave - if not the killer himself - but also knows how smart Jimmy is, and that he'll never prove it. But he lets Jimmy know that he knows.
-->'''Sean:''' You gonna send Celeste Boyle (Dave's wife) $500 every month too?


* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Jimmy murdered "Just Ray" Harris and got off by agreeing to pay his family a monthly sum of $500. Later, he kills Dave and also gets off scot-free.]] Although... it turns out Dave didn't kill Katie, so he Jimmy killed him for nothing.

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Jimmy murdered "Just Ray" Harris and got off by agreeing to pay his family a monthly sum of $500. Later, he kills Dave and also gets off scot-free.]] Although... it turns out Dave didn't kill Katie, so he Jimmy killed him for nothing.


* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Jimmy murdered "Just Ray" Harris and got off by agreeing to pay his family a monthly sum of $500. Later, he kills Dave and also gets off scot-free.]] Although...

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Jimmy murdered "Just Ray" Harris and got off by agreeing to pay his family a monthly sum of $500. Later, he kills Dave and also gets off scot-free.]] Although... it turns out Dave didn't kill Katie, so he Jimmy killed him for nothing.


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* DyingAlone: Jimmy murdered a former associate, "Just Ray" Harris, not merely for ratting on him, but because in doing so, [[spoiler:he put Jimmy in prison just as his first wife was dying of skin cancer.]]

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* DyingAlone: Jimmy [[spoiler:Jimmy murdered a former associate, "Just Ray" Harris, not merely for ratting on him, but because in doing so, [[spoiler:he he put Jimmy in prison just as his first wife was dying of skin cancer.]]



* HesBack: Jimmy makes this decision at the end of the story, coming out of his retirement to seize control of Boston's criminal underworld.

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* HesBack: Jimmy [[spoiler:Jimmy makes this decision at the end of the story, coming out of his retirement to seize control of Boston's criminal underworld.]]



* KarmaHoudini: Jimmy murdered "Just Ray" Harris and got off by agreeing to pay his family a monthly sum of $500. [[spoiler:Later, he kills Dave and also gets off scott-free.]] Although...

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* KarmaHoudini: Jimmy [[spoiler:Jimmy murdered "Just Ray" Harris and got off by agreeing to pay his family a monthly sum of $500. [[spoiler:Later, Later, he kills Dave and also gets off scott-free.scot-free.]] Although...


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* ThoseTwoGuys: The Savage Brothers.


* ParentalAbandonment: the motivation for the killing/[[spoiler: fatal gun accident]] was that [[spoiler: one of the killers' father had disappeared (was murdered) when he was young, and his older brother - who seems to have acted as a parental surrogate - was planning to run off with Jimmy's daughter. The killer had been planning to scare her into leaving without the killer's brother ]].

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* ParentalAbandonment: the The motivation for the killing/[[spoiler: fatal gun accident]] was that [[spoiler: one of the killers' father had disappeared (was murdered) when he was young, and his older brother - who seems to have acted as a parental surrogate - was planning to run off with Jimmy's daughter. The killer had been planning to scare her into leaving without the killer's brother ]].brother]].


* {{Nakama}}: Sean, Jimmy and Dave were extremely close as children, right up until Dave's abduction.


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* TrueCompanions: Sean, Jimmy and Dave were extremely close as children, right up until Dave's abduction.


* AssholeVictim: Examined with Just Ray, a man who's criminal past and cowardly actions lead to a lot of people getting hurt, including [[spoiler:Jimmy ending up in jail while his wife was dying]]. His death was an act of revenge, but by all accounts he wasn't that bad of a person, even his murderer admitted to being fond of him. This is played straighter with [[spoiler:the pedophile Dave kills]] which casts the mysterious potentially evil act that the story sets up as much more justified and frees the character of the moral ambiguity that hung over him.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: The film plays with the idea that Dave killed Jimmy's daughter because of the four days he spent with the predators as a child broke him.
** Dave himself is fixated on the idea that he is becoming a monster (he uses the metaphor of becoming a werewolf or a vampire, with the implication being that he's scared of becoming a paedophile or a murderer). At the end of the film, it is revealed that [[spoiler: he killed a child molester the night of Jimmy's daughter's death, and had been clumsily trying to communicate this information to his wife]].

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* AssholeVictim: Examined with Just Ray, a man who's whose criminal past and cowardly actions lead to a lot of people getting hurt, including [[spoiler:Jimmy ending up in jail while his wife was dying]]. His death was an act of revenge, but by all accounts he wasn't that bad of a person, even his murderer admitted to being fond of him. This is played straighter with [[spoiler:the pedophile Dave kills]] which casts the mysterious potentially evil act that the story sets up as much more justified and frees the character of the moral ambiguity that hung over him.
* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: The film plays with the idea that Dave killed Jimmy's daughter because of the four days he spent with the predators as a child broke him. \n** Dave himself is fixated on the idea that he is becoming a monster (he uses the metaphor of becoming a werewolf or a vampire, with the implication being that he's scared of becoming a paedophile or a murderer). At the end of the film, it is revealed that [[spoiler: he killed a child molester the night of Jimmy's daughter's death, and had been clumsily trying to communicate this information to his wife]].



* UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}: A somewhat fictionalized version of the city provides the setting. "East Buckingham" doesn't actually exist, since it's in the location of the real life Somerville but is ethnically and culturally more like South Boston, which is on the other side of the city.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sean and Whitey. Creator/LaurenceFishburne even said in an interview "This is a film about three men and their wives - I play Creator/KevinBacon's wife."

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: HeterosexualLifePartners:
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Sean and Whitey. Creator/LaurenceFishburne even said in an interview "This is a film about three men and their wives - I play Creator/KevinBacon's wife."



* RedHerring: Dave's bloody clothes on the night of Katie's murder [[spoiler:which turn out to be the result of his having killed a child molester.]]

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Dave's bloody clothes on the night of Katie's murder [[spoiler:which turn out to be the result of his having killed a child molester.]]



* TheStoic: Everybody. This is a Clint Eastwood film, after all.



* TheStoic: Everybody. This is a Clint Eastwood film, after all.
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Dave could have saved his own life by offering to show Jimmy the body of the child molester he killed, to verify his story. Subverted and justified, in that Dave was more afraid of the part of himself that drove him to kill the child molester than he was of Jimmy killing him.]]

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* TheStoic: Everybody. This is a Clint Eastwood film, after all.
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[[spoiler:Dave could have saved his own life by offering to show Jimmy the body of the child molester he killed, to verify his story. Subverted and justified, in that Dave was more afraid of the part of himself that drove him to kill the child molester than he was of Jimmy killing him.]]



* UnableToCry: Lampshaded:
-->'''Jimmy''': "My own little daughter and I can't even cry for her."
-->'''Dave''': "Jimmy, you're crying now."

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* UnableToCry: UnableToCry:
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-->'''Jimmy''': --->'''Jimmy''': "My own little daughter and I can't even cry for her."
-->'''Dave''': --->'''Dave''': "Jimmy, you're crying now."



** UsedToBeASweetKid: None of the main characters are evil, per se, but there's a marked contrast between the sweet, trusting eight-year-olds you see at the beginning of the film and the hardened, dysfunctional adults they grow into, particularly the clearly troubled Dave and the crime boss Jimmy.

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** * UsedToBeASweetKid: None of the main characters are evil, per se, but there's a marked contrast between the sweet, trusting eight-year-olds you see at the beginning of the film and the hardened, dysfunctional adults they grow into, particularly the clearly troubled Dave and the crime boss Jimmy.




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* AssholeVictim: Examined with Just Ray, a man who's criminal past and cowardly actions lead to a lot of people getting hurt, including [[spoiler:Jimmy ending up in jail while his wife was dying]]. His death was an act of revenge, but by all accounts he wasn't that bad of a person, even his murderer admitted to being fond of him. This is played straighter with [[spoiler:the pedophile Dave kills]] which casts the mysterious potentially evil act that the story sets up as much more justified and frees the character of the moral ambiguity that hung over him.

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* VillainProtagonist: PlayedWith for Jimmy, an ex-con. [[spoiler:While at first he seems like an AntiHero, his murder of Just Ray and then of Dave along with his decision to cover it up, place him in this trope]].


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* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: the film plays with the idea that Dave killed Jimmy's daughter because of the four days he spent with the predators as a child broke him.
** Dave himself is fixated on the idea that he is becoming a monster ( he uses the metaphor of becoming a werewolf or a vampire, with the implication being that he's scared of becoming a paedophile or a murderer). At the end of the film, it is revealed that [[spoiler: he killed a child molester the night of Jimmy's daughter's death, and had been clumsily trying to communicate this information to his wife]].

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* BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil: the The film plays with the idea that Dave killed Jimmy's daughter because of the four days he spent with the predators as a child broke him.
** Dave himself is fixated on the idea that he is becoming a monster ( he (he uses the metaphor of becoming a werewolf or a vampire, with the implication being that he's scared of becoming a paedophile or a murderer). At the end of the film, it is revealed that [[spoiler: he killed a child molester the night of Jimmy's daughter's death, and had been clumsily trying to communicate this information to his wife]].



* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Jimmy's oldest daughter is murdered the day of his youngest daughter's first Communion

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Jimmy's oldest daughter is murdered the day of his youngest daughter's first CommunionCommunion.



* Nakama : Sean, Jimmy and Dave were extremely close as children, right up until Dave's abduction.

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* Nakama : {{Nakama}}: Sean, Jimmy and Dave were extremely close as children, right up until Dave's abduction.

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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Jimmy's oldest daughter is murdered the day of his youngest daughter's first Communion


A 2001 novel by Creator/DennisLehane, ''Mystic River'' was brought to the screen in 2003 by director Creator/ClintEastwood. The film version starred Creator/SeanPenn and Tim Robbins, who both won Oscars for their roles, and Creator/KevinBacon and Creator/LaurenceFishburne.

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A 2001 novel by Creator/DennisLehane, ''Mystic River'' was brought to the screen in 2003 by director Creator/ClintEastwood. The film version starred Creator/SeanPenn and Tim Robbins, Creator/TimRobbins, who both won Oscars for their roles, and Creator/KevinBacon and Creator/LaurenceFishburne.


A 2001 novel by Creator/DennisLehane, ''Mystic River'' was brought to the screen in 2003 by director Creator/ClintEastwood. The film version starred Creator/SeanPenn and Tim Robbins, who both won Oscars for their roles, and KevinBacon and Creator/LaurenceFishburne.

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A 2001 novel by Creator/DennisLehane, ''Mystic River'' was brought to the screen in 2003 by director Creator/ClintEastwood. The film version starred Creator/SeanPenn and Tim Robbins, who both won Oscars for their roles, and KevinBacon Creator/KevinBacon and Creator/LaurenceFishburne.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sean and Whitey. Creator/LaurenceFishburne even said in an interview "This is a film about three men and their wives - I play KevinBacon's wife."

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Sean and Whitey. Creator/LaurenceFishburne even said in an interview "This is a film about three men and their wives - I play KevinBacon's Creator/KevinBacon's wife."


* BeleaguredChildhoodFriend: Jimmy is this to Sean.

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* BeleaguredChildhoodFriend: Jimmy BeleagueredChildhoodFriend: Dave is this to Sean.

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