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The Messenger: An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

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Ratings: IMDB: 7.2/10 Metascore: 77% RT: 90%
Released: January 19, 2009
Runtime: 113 mins
Genres: Drama Romance War
Countries: USA
Director: Oren Moverman
Actors: Angel Caban Ben Foster Brendan Sexton III Carl Anthony Payne II Dale Soules Eamonn Walker Fernando Lara Halley Feiffer Jena Malone Karen Summerton Kevin Hagan Marceline Hugot Merritt Wever Michael Chernus Paul Diomede Peter Francis James Peter Friedman Portia Robert Feeley Samantha Morton Steve Antonucci Steve Buscemi Woody Harrelson

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The Messenger Comments

Posted by ChelseaSmiles 6 years, 2 months ago
+5 | +6 / -1

I almost did not watch The Messenger. I am glad I did. This is my new favorite movie. It was really great to see a movie that pertains to war but does not avidly show it. I am not a fan of war movies, so it was really nice to see a movie that was about war without directly showing it. I found that the feeling of war and the emotions that people have to go through are much better portrayed through something like this. You don't usually see the families of the soldiers in the movies, it is usually the soldiers thinking about their families. Absolutely one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen. The acting was superb, I felt every feeling they portrayed. It was great. I would recommend this to every single person I come across. I found that this really helped me look a little deeper into war besides on the battlefield. It's absolutely a 5/5. No other movie has compared since I've watched The Messenger.

Posted by eye_candy124 6 years, 4 months ago
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Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster did such an amazing job in this film. I cried my eyes out every time they went and delieverd the bad news. This is such a raw and strong movie. I felt like I was very intune with what the characters were going through. I really respect this movie, our troops, the families of soldiers and the soldiers that have the duty of delivering such horrible news. 5/5 stars. Such a moving film. A must see, even if your not into war movies, this one is well worth the watch.

Posted by mbarl002 6 years, 5 months ago
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Wow, excellent, Thought provoking movie. 5/5

Posted by shawnomega 6 years, 7 months ago
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Woody's best... this movie deals with a very tough issue. You haven't had a tough job, till you've had their job.

Posted by MrJeep4x4 2 years, 11 months ago
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Great movie, must watch 8/10

Posted by riddic2639 3 years, 3 months ago
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Very powerful film. I don't think I could ever give someone news like that. If you enjoyed this I also recommend Taking Chance with Kevin Bacon. 5/5

Posted by drgibson 6 years, 1 month ago
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a very powerful film that perfectly captures every emotion it tries to evoke in its audience. harrelson and foster give the performances of their lifetimes in this movie that isnt easily forgotten. if you havent seen it yet watch and if you have already watch it again.

Posted by maryep 3 years, 10 months ago
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Great movie, just kind of stumbled upon it and so glad I did...Fantastic cast (Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster shine). This movie basically shows you how the loss of a family member, due to war related casualties, affects people. 10/10

Posted by Iratesniper 3 years, 10 months ago
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Amazing Movie. Defiantly worth a watch. Gives you a perspective on how the loss of a family member due to war related casualties affects people.5/5

Posted by chenoweth 5 years, 1 month ago
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wow...i am speechless how amazing this film is & can't believe i never heard of it, woody harrelson & ben foster & the writers & hell even the interns on this set all deserve awards for this film. seriously???? must watch.

Posted by westnold 5 years, 5 months ago
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Seeing the effects of war sends chills up my spine as I watched this film 9/10

Posted by villaluzsamantha 5 years, 7 months ago
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Wonderful movie. This film was awesomely made. You could really feel every character's emotion. And that alone is the sign of an excellent work of art. Bravo!

Posted by EraseTheHate 5 years, 11 months ago
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I like this movie. The acting was wonderful. And it is a very sad and moving film. Really powerful. Wonderful movie. Definetly worth watching.

Posted by tazbear50 6 years, 1 month ago
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This was an awesome movie! Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster were outstanding!

Posted by FlakoBabyyyy 6 years, 2 months ago
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this movie was great loved it harrelson and foster great acting great story and what our soldiers do is hard no matter what watch it if you like army movies

Posted by kokotye157 6 years, 2 months ago
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its always nice to see woody. very nice depiction of an aspect of the armed forces we dont get to know about in mainstream. 8.5

Posted by ruffertrh 6 years, 11 months ago
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The Messenger is a very strong and touching movie.. Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson did great jobs in this.. I found it to have the same style as "Taking Chance" in which Kevin Bacon escorts the body of the fallen to the family.. This isn't your traditional War movie, it deals with the raw emotion of the lost and those who come back but never really do.. I completely agree with Woody Harrelson's character's comment that every fallen American Soldier's funeral should be televised, that way more people would feel the gravity of losing someone who defended our Freedom.. 5/5.. Enter Reply Text Here :

Posted by Stardust246 3 years ago
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Sad, must be a hard job to do.

Posted by wook 6 years, 5 months ago
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Very good movie....I've had to deliver the news to troops before, but never their families..and its a horrible experience....this movie captures that

Posted by Axelmick 6 years, 10 months ago
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Excellent movie with great acting very powerful and touching why this did'nt get a best pic nom is a mystery to me 4.5/5

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