Shutter Island

Synopsis: It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, 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 shrewd investigating 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 multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything - his memory, his partner, even his own sanity.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Martin Scorsese
Production: Paramount Studios
  9 wins & 62 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
138 min


Get it together Teddy!

Get it together!

It's just water.

It's a lot of water

Come on.

- You okay boss?

-Yeah, i'm just...i just can't

I just can not stand on water.

- You're my new partner?

- that's right.

Not the best way to know you

half head in the toilet.

Doesn't exactly square with

Teddy Daniels:
the man of legend, i'll give you that

the Legend?

What the hell are you boys smoking

out there in Portland anyway?


I came from the office in Seatle.

How long have you been with Marshals?

Four years.

So you know how small it is

What about you? got a girl? Married?

I was.

she died.

- Jesus ...Boss, i didn't...

- don't worry .

There was a fire in our apartment

building, while i was out

Four People died.

It was the smoke that got her

not the fire

- That's important.

- I'm sorry.

Where are my goddamn Cigars?

i have. have one of mine

I could swear that I have the clothes

when I boarded.

Government employees, rob you blind


Have you received any briefing

about the institution befor you left?

All I know is it's a mental hospital

For the criminally insane.

Well, if it was just folks hearing voices

and chasing butterflies, i guess

they wouldn,t need us

- that's where we're headed?

- Yap.

The other side of the island is rock bluffs

all to ended in water

The dock, it's the

only way on, or off

we will casting off again as soon as

you two are ashore

i'd appreciate if you two hurry about it

- Why?

- Storm's coming.

I've never seen a marshal

badge before.

i'm Deputy warden

McPherson, gentlemen.

Welcome to Shutter Island.

I'll be taking you up to Ashecliffe.

Your boys seem a little on edge

Mr McPherson

Right now, Marshal. We all are

"Remember us for we too have

lived, loved and laughed"

Electrified perimeter.

How you know?

I've seen something like it before.

All right. you gentelman will be accorded

all the help we can offer.

But during the stay you will

obey protocol, do you understand?


The red brick bulding on my right

is ward A, the male ward

Ward B the female ward, is one

on the left

Ward C is that building on the bluffs

The most dangerous patients

are there

Admittance to ward C is forbidden without

the written consent and

physical presence of both myself and Dr.Cawly

Is that understood?

You act like insanity is catching

You are hereby required to surrending

your firearms

Mr McPherson, We are duly apointed

federal marshals

we are required to carry our

firearms at all times

Executive order 319 of the Fedral Code of

Penitentiaries states that

when stays at Penitentiaries

the office head of institutions

has the final authority.

Gentlemen, you will not be allowed

to pass through the gate with your firearms

ok, well that does for the official stuff,

come on boys

What do you say we go find Dr.Cawley?

So when did she escaped? the prisoner?

I'm afraid that Dr. Cawley will have to

fill you in on the situation


Correctional officers at a mental institution

that's a weired sight,

if you don't mind me saying

It's the only pursuit of it's kind in the U.S

Even in the world. We care

only the most periculo and patients.

Most of the other hospitals can not deal.

And all because of Dr. Cawley.

It created something really unique here.

Hospital, people who deal ...

Id's, gentlemen.

Badges, gentlemen.

Dr. Cawley's been consulted

numerous times

- By Scotland Yard, MI 5, OSS ...

- Why?

What do you mean?

Why the intelligence agencies want

to consult a psychatrist about?

i guess you'll have to ask him

- Marshall Daniels.

- I am Ted.

marshall Aule.

- Thanl you deputy warden, that will be all

- Yes, sir.

pleasure, gentlemen.

He sure had a lot to say about you

McPherson is a good man.

he believe in the work they do here.

And what would that be exactly?

a moral fusion between law and

order and clinical care

Pardon me Dr...

a waht between what and what?

These paintings are quite accurate.

It used to be that kind of patients we

deal with here

shackled and left in their own filth

they were beaten

as they put bloody

drove screws into their brain, and submerged them into icy water to lose their consciousness

Or even drown.

- And now?

- we treat them.

Trying to heal, to cure.

And if this fails, we at least provide them

with a measure of calm in their lives.

these are ...

all violent offenders, right?

they've hurt people.

- murdered them in some cases.

- In almost all cases. Yes.

then personally Doctor, I'd have to

say... screw their sense of calm.

It's my job to treat my patients not theire victims. I'm not here to judge.

- So this female prisoner ...

- Patient.

Excuse me, patient.

one Solando Rachel,

- Escaped sometime in the last 24 hours.

- Last night.

Between 10 and midnight

- Is she considered dangerous?

- You could say that.

She killed all three of her children.

She drowned them in the lake behind the house.

She took them out one by one and held their

head in water until drowned.

Thenshe brought them back inside and

arranged them around the kitchen table

and ate a meal

before a neighbor dropped by.

What about her husband?

He died. On the beaches of Normandy.

she is a poor widow.

She starved herself when first she came here

she insist the children weren't dead

- Sorry Dr wouldn't happen to have some aspirin?

- Prone to headaches marshal

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Laeta Kalogridis

Laeta Elizabeth Kalogridis is an American screenwriter and an executive producer. She has written scripts for Alexander, Night Watch, Pathfinder and Shutter Island. more…

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