The Messenger

The Messenger Trailers

Original title The Messenger
Category Drama, Romance, War
UK Release Date
Production year 2009
Production Country
Directors Oren Moverman
Cast Jena Malone, Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Michelle Nader, Eamonn Walker, Steve Buscemi, Stevie Ray Dallimore, Michael Chernus, Marceline Hugot, Gaius Charles, Brendan Sexton III, Peter Francis James, Dale Soules
Distributor The Works Film Group


The Messenger is a timeless story that uses humour and emotion to examine universal themes of redemption, hope and the resilience of the human spirit. Directed by Oren Moverman, the film follows two officers (Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson) faced with the unenviable task of notifying the loved ones of fallen soldiers. The two men form an unlikely bond that is threatened when one of the officers finds himself drawn to a young widow (Samantha Morton), setting off an ethical dilemma that plays out in touching and surprising ways. The film is a deeply moving tale about the complex and unexpected ways that people reach out to and gain strength from each other, offering a unique and inspiring vision that deftly balances strong emotional content with humour, compassion and empathy.