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Shutter Island (2010) , Facts and Trivia

With a release date of February 19, 2010, Shutter Island hopes to entertain moviegoers with a period piece film offered a twist at the end. The trailers show Leonardo di Caprio investigating the disappearance of a patient , a tale that is based on a novel. In this article, you will learn some of the interesting trivia and facts concerning the movie that touches upon the topic of schizophrenia.

The Plot

The movie is set in 1954, where U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels has gained an assignment that takes him to the Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital located in Boston. He is set to investigate the disappearance of a patient. This assignment has special meaning to the marshal as he has personal reasons why he would like to reach the island. Along the way, he learns that the doctors at the hospital perform radical treatments that cross the lines of ethics and the law.

During his time on the island, Daniels is able to find a break in the case, but is met with opposition when his request to access certain records is denied by the hospital. To make matters worse, a hurricane cuts off contact to the mainland and Daniels finds himself on an island surrounded by dangerous criminals. His experience starts to take a toll on his mind, and he starts to doubt his own memory, his sanity, and even his own partner.

Some of the actors and actresses featured in the film include: Leonardo DiCaprio (as Teddy Daniels), Mark Ruffalo  (as Chuck Aule), Ben Kingsley (as Dr. John Cawley), Elias Koteas (as Andrew Laeddis), Ted Levine (as Warden), Emily Mortimer (as Rachel Solando), Michelle Williams (as Dolores Chanal), Max von Sydow (as Dr. Jeremiah Naehring), and Patricia Clarkson (as Ethel Barton).

Trivia and Facts , Shutter Island

·    Before Mark Ruffalo was slated to play Chuck Aule, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese both learned towards Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin.

·    The film runs 138 minutes.

·    The movie is marketed as a thriller, mystery, and drama.

·    Martin Scorsese directed the film.

·    Filming locations for the movie took place in Massachusetts with some scenes occurring in Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine. Massachusetts cities and attractions that participated in the production of the film include Boston Harbor, Hull, Borderland State Park, Hyde Park, Medfield State Hospital, Taunton, Turner Hill Golf and Raquet Club, and Wittenton Mills. The forest hurricane scene was filmed at the Wilson Mountain Reservation in Dedham.

·    Shutter Island was a Paramount Pictures production.

·    A great deal of scenes for the film took place in the old Massachusetts state mental hospital located in Medfield, MA.

·    Interestingly, the two actors who are seen as the chief wardens of Shutter Island, Ted Levine took on the role of the serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and John Carroll Lynch portrayed a suspected serial killer in Zodiac (2007).

·    The tagline for the movie is ‘Someone is missing.’

·    Shutter Island was given an R-rating for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity.