20 Things You Didn't Know About Shutter Island

Revisiting Scorsese's Hitchcock homage a decade later.

Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio
Paramount Pictures

Oh, how time flies. Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island turns 10 years old this month, and while certainly not among the most beloved or acclaimed offerings from either the filmmaker or his leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, it's nevertheless a distinctive slice of visceral noir that's challenging yet accessible.

As Scorsese's first film after finally winning the Best Director Oscar for The Departed, it's fitting that he opted to deliver surely the most frothy and unapologetic genre film offering of his entire career, albeit one shot through with his usual expert directorial heft.

Solidly received by critics and a box office hit, Shutter Island has stuck around in the public consciousness far longer than many blockbusters of its era - looking at you, Avatar - largely thanks to a deliciously ambiguous ending which continues to be debated to this day.

As with just about any Scorsese movie, the production itself is almost as interesting as the film we ended up with, and so, here's 20 stories, anecdotes, and tidbits that surely passed you by...


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