Top 21 Shutter Island Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Shutter Island facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Shutter Island film message.

In "Shutter Island" (2010), inmate Bridget Kearns asks for a glass of water. When she "drinks" it, there is no cup in her hand

Everything comes down to water and fire. When water is in the shot, everything is real (and he is trying to block it out) and when fire is in the shot, everything is being made up.
Everything comes down to water and fire. When water is in the shot, everything is real (and he is trying to block it out) and when fire is in the shot, everything is being made up.

Shutter Island Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. -book, 2010-movie) difference between the dialogues of Deputy McPherson to Teddy and Chuck

Shutter Island Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - When Teddy breaks into Ward C and discovers Noyce held there, Noyce is seen keeping his hand on his head when the camera is from Teddy's perspective, but when it switches to his, he is seen with his hands on the bars, further highlighting Teddy's delusions.
    When Teddy breaks into Ward C and discovers Noyce held there, Noyce is seen keeping his hand on his head when the camera is from Teddy's perspective, but when it switches to his, he is seen with his hands on the bars, further highlighting Teddy's delusions.

Shutter Island Hidden Details

1 - Whenever Leo smokes, he gets cigarette lit by someone else. Which shows he was a patient as mental patients are not allowed to have matches.
Whenever Leo smokes, he gets cigarette lit by someone else. Which shows he was a patient as mental patients are not allowed to have matches.
1 - Leo's character has a band-aid on his forehead throughout his investigation. He only takes it off when the truth is revealed. The Band aid symbolises his 'sickness" and taking it off symbolises the fact that he's cured.
Leo's character has a band-aid on his forehead throughout his investigation. He only takes it off when the truth is revealed. The Band aid symbolises his 'sickness" and taking it off symbolises the fact that he's cured.
1 - Vs. Gustav Klimt 'The Kiss' (1907-08)
Vs. Gustav Klimt 'The Kiss' (1907-08)
1 - Teddy Daniel's flashback to the Nazi death camp office was triggered by hearing Mahler's Piano Quartet. However, Mahler's music was banned by the Nazi's since he was Jew. This is ironic but could be interpreted as thematic.
Teddy Daniel's flashback to the Nazi death camp office was triggered by hearing Mahler's Piano Quartet. However, Mahler's music was banned by the Nazi's since he was Jew. This is ironic but could be interpreted as thematic.

DiCaprio's character Teddy is led astray by grammatical ambiguity. Explanation inside.

1 - Dr. Cawley tells Teddy that "Sanity's not a choice". The movie concludes with Teddy saying "Which would be worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man" followed by him willfully walking to his lobotomy.
Dr. Cawley tells Teddy that "Sanity's not a choice". The movie concludes with Teddy saying "Which would be worse, to live as a monster or to die as a good man" followed by him willfully walking to his lobotomy.
1 - The woman being interviewed is given a glass of water, when she goes to drink out of it the glass disappears, then reappears when it is empty. "Teddy" is afraid of water after the incident with his wife and his reality is skewed because of it.
The woman being interviewed is given a glass of water, when she goes to drink out of it the glass disappears, then reappears when it is empty. "Teddy" is afraid of water after the incident with his wife and his reality is skewed because of it.
1 - Upon meeting Dr. Naerhing, Marshal "Teddy" Daniels is told that he possesses "outstanding defense mechanisms" which he believes is directed at his wordplay. However, Dr. Naerhing is actually referring to the persona that Daniels' mind has created to cope.
Upon meeting Dr. Naerhing, Marshal "Teddy" Daniels is told that he possesses "outstanding defense mechanisms" which he believes is directed at his wordplay. However, Dr. Naerhing is actually referring to the persona that Daniels' mind has created to cope.
1 - "Chuck"/ Dr. Sheehan can be seen fumbling with his firearm when turning it in, revealing his unfamiliarity with it.
"Chuck"/ Dr. Sheehan can be seen fumbling with his firearm when turning it in, revealing his unfamiliarity with it.

Halfway through the movie when Teddy Daniels breaks into the restricted area. He is told by George Noyce that he is being manipulated by the shrinks. Thus the rat in a maze.

Subtle Clue in Shutter Island (2010) About the True Identity of One Character

The second prisoner/patient teddy is interrogating doesn't drink the glass of water but instead mimic the act of drinking

- There Is No Glass

Shutter Island has tons of easily missed but telling details throughout the movie

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Teddy and the warden are driving in a Jeep, the background is an obvious green screen. It's midway through the film, Teddy now realizes he's in a predicament, Scorcese now wants to confirm for us that Teddy is detached from reality. All other backgrounds are immaculate.

Shutter Island poster
Shutter Island poster

Shutter Island Plot

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Shutter Island. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Mystery, Thriller
Director Martin Scorsese
Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow
IMDB score 8.1