The Messenger
The Messenger
2 Nominations
Year 2009
Director Oren Moverman
Writer Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman
Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone
82nd Academy Awards

The Messenger is a 2009 war drama film starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Jena Malone, and Samantha Morton. It is the directorial debut of Oren Moverman, who also wrote the screenplay with Alessandro Camon.



Will Montgomery, a lone rebellious U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and declared war hero, has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with a strict recovering alcoholic, Captain Tony Stone, to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers and spend time with him off protocol. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson, now a single mother, to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.