Indian Runner

Overview

The Indian Runner, Sean Penn's debut film as director he also wrote the script, based on the Bruce Springsteen song "Highway Patrolman" is a brooding tale of two brothers -- one peaceful and sedate, the other violent and aggressive -- whose natures, left unchecked since they were children, are set to the boiling point as they head toward middle-age. David Morse is the quiet brother, Joe Roberts, who is a deputy sheriff in a small town. His older brother Frank Viggo Mortensen shows up on Joe's doorsteps, after a ...
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Overview

The Indian Runner, Sean Penn's debut film as director he also wrote the script, based on the Bruce Springsteen song "Highway Patrolman" is a brooding tale of two brothers -- one peaceful and sedate, the other violent and aggressive -- whose natures, left unchecked since they were children, are set to the boiling point as they head toward middle-age. David Morse is the quiet brother, Joe Roberts, who is a deputy sheriff in a small town. His older brother Frank Viggo Mortensen shows up on Joe's doorsteps, after a recent run-in with the police. Frank tells Joe that he is coming back home to stay and that he has given up his criminal life. His wife Maria Valeria Golino is skeptical, but Joe tells her that he is prepared to help Frank get his life back together. Frank has almost convinced himself that his future holds real promise and he's ready to start a new life with his pregnant girlfriend Dorothy Patricia Arquette. But, once again, Frank's violent temper explodes, and everyone's plans for Frank's future crumble into rubble.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616251831
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

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