Indian Runner

Indian Runner

Director: Sean Penn, David Morse, Viggo Mortensen, Valeria Golino

Cast: Sean Penn, David Morse, Viggo Mortensen, Valeria Golino

     
 
Sean Penn's directorial debut, The Indian Runner, was inspired by a Bruce Springsteen song. The film makes a belated debut on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those

Overview

Sean Penn's directorial debut, The Indian Runner, was inspired by a Bruce Springsteen song. The film makes a belated debut on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in all three of those languages as well. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine, if less than flashy, title from MGM/UA.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Sean Penn makes an arresting directorial debut with this intense character drama inspired in equal parts by the stark, folksy, early-'80s recordings of singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen (the film is loosely based on his song "Highway Patrolman") and the improvisational films of actor/director John Cassavetes. Like the latter's work, Penn's first behind-the-camera foray is somewhat light on story mechanics; those accustomed to plot-heavy, preprogrammed Hollywood entertainment will likely be bored. Those seeking a richer, more reality-based and character-driven intellectualism will be delighted by the film's brooding, introspective qualities, its dedication to emotional truth, and its skillful, subtle deployment of violence that bubbles just under the surface of every scene. Leads Viggo Mortensen and David Morse are superb, which is no surprise given the extent to which The Indian Runner is an actors' picture. If the proceedings are a little flat and lacking in visual punch, Penn proves himself supremely gifted at working with fellow thespians; his subsequent directorial efforts would star such luminaries as Jack Nicholson and Helen Mirren.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2001
UPC:
0027616869302
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:06:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Morse Joe Roberts
Viggo Mortensen Frank Roberts
Valeria Golino Maria
Patricia Arquette Dorothy
Charles Bronson Father
Sandy Dennis Mother
Dennis Hopper Caesar
Jim Deveny 1st Deputy
Leland J. Olson Doctor
Deede Wehle Actor
Jordan Rhodes Randall
Enzo Rossi Raffael
Harry Crews Mr. Baker
Eileen Ryan Mrs. Baker
Trevor Endicott Joe (12)
Brandon Fleck Frank (7)
Kathy Jensen Lady at Carwash
Annie Pearson Hotel Manager
Thomas Blair Levin Clyde
V. Stacy Klein Lucy
Benicio Del Toro Miguel
Adam Nelson Cellmate
James J. Luxa Randall's Partner
Eddie Katz Guy on Commode
Kenny Stabler Indian Runner
Don Shanks Young Indian Runner
Neal Stark Circus Midget
Elaine Schoonover Bearded Lady
Larry Hoefling Larry
Phil Gould Man at Del Mar
Chuck Ulmer Frank's Boss
Joe Martin Dorothy's Father
Helen Halmes Dorothy's Mother
Jimmy Intveld Kid on Highway
John Blythe Barrymore Voice Only
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
Sean Penn Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Stephen K. Bannon Producer
Mark Bisgeier Producer
Jay Lash Cassidy Editor
Buzz Feitshans Cinematographer
Bill Groom Art Director
Michael Haller Production Designer
David Shamroy Hamburger Producer
Derek R. Hill Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Jensen Stunts
Phillip Linson Editor
Patricia Morrison Co-producer
Thom Mount Producer
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Phillips Producer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Indian Runner/Main Title [2:18]
2. Duty & Disbelief [5:52]
3. "Frank!"/A Stranger [10:12]
4. Life Takes a Turn [4:42]
5. Bad Idea/Lost Soul [15:06]
6. Family [3:20]
7. Love, Danger, Memories [6:05]
8. Goodnight, Father [11:45]
9. Homecoming [8:54]
10. "I Burned!"/A Message [9:34]
11. "I'll Marry Ya..." [3:27]
12. Off Course [13:04]
13. "Sorry"/"Baby's Comin'!" [7:39]
14. Fear/Heroes & Outlaws [13:08]
15. No Turning Back [7:15]
16. End Credits [3:54]

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