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Still shot from the movie: Shutter Island.

Shutter Island

Set on the remote Shutter Island, in a 1954 mental hospital for the criminally insane, this movie follows the journey of Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio). When the ambitious US marshal eagerly accepts an assignment to investigate the disappearance of one of the institution's patient/inmates, he unexpectedly places his own freedom and sanity in jeopardy. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 138
Theater Release: 19 Feb 2010
Video Release: 08 Jun 2010
MPAA Rating: R
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why do you think this movie is set in the early 1950s? How would modern technology, like cell phones, change the way this script would be written?

How does confinement (in this case, an island) work to intensify the situation? Can you think of other movies or stories that also use this as a tool?

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