The Indian Runner

Synopsis: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things which his brother desperately tries to point out to him. Frank understands the atrocities of life as a big picture; Joe does not. Joe is content to enjoy smaller pleasures: children, family, routine. Joe mistakenly believes he can straighten his little brother out and convince him that life is good. Frank is a cursed man. He is cut between his love for his brother and his repulsion at self-indulgent contentment. The result is a painful story of heartbreak, heartache, disappointment, despair, and the tragic side of love.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sean Penn
Production: MGM
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

occupied our time together.

In the last few years

before going overseas...

...Frank had become branded

the hell-raiser of town.

That he'd come to no good.

Maybe leaving suddenly was the only

mercy he knew for the grief he'd caused.

As for my parents, Frankie was right.

They would not take it personally.

They say some of the boys

coming back...

...are coming back real confused.

Frank left confused.

Maybe it'll straighten him out.

That's what Randall said.

Now my boy's

comparing his mama to a moron.

It wasn't a comparison, Mom.

He's a very restless boy,

that Frankie.

That's what got him into trouble.

That's why he left.

I thought he just hated cops.

Don't say that.

Listen to your mama.

You are a good man. You hear me?

You are a good man.

It don't mean the time won't come

when you have to kill.

Can't regret it.

If it hadn't been him, it might

have been my son. No, sir. No, sir.

Don't you regret it.

You just say the Serenity Prayer

and get on with it.

We didn't see or hear from Frank

for a good six months...

...when our lives took a turn.

- Do you want anything?

- No, we're fine. Thank you.

She sure could make good apple pie.

Do you need anything?

No, thanks, Maria.


You know, Joe... didn't sit right with me

when you married a Mexican.

When I look at her today...

...she's beautiful.

She's a beautiful and good woman.

Boy, was I wrong. I was dead wrong.

I'm gonna check the Teletype

at the station.

- He's probably in the system.

- He is.

He sent out a card a month ago.

But I didn't want her to know.

He's got 24 more days.

Well, 23 and a wake-up.

Oh, yeah. I've been counting.

- Where is he?

- Columbus.

Now, he didn't send the card...

...but a girl named Dorothy.

"Dear Mr. And Mrs. Roberts...

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Sean Penn

Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the biopic Milk (2008). Penn began his acting career in television with a brief appearance in episode 112 of Little House on the Prairie (December 4, 1974), directed by his father Leo Penn. Following his film debut in the drama Taps (1981) and a diverse range of film roles in the 1980s, including Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Penn garnered critical attention for his roles in the crime dramas At Close Range (1986), State of Grace (1990), and Carlito's Way (1993). He became known as a prominent leading actor with the drama Dead Man Walking (1995), for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Penn received another two Oscar nominations for Woody Allen's comedy-drama Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and the drama I Am Sam (2001), before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Mystic River and a second one in 2008 for Milk. He has also won a Best Actor Award of the Cannes Film Festival for the Nick Cassavetes-directed She's So Lovely (1997), and two Best Actor Awards at the Venice Film Festival for the indie film Hurlyburly (1998) and the drama 21 Grams (2003). Penn made his feature film directorial debut with The Indian Runner (1991), followed by the drama film The Crossing Guard (1995) and the mystery film The Pledge (2001). Penn directed one of the 11 segments of 11'09"01 September 11 (2002), a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. His fourth feature film, the biographical drama survival movie Into the Wild (2007), garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations. In addition to his film work, Penn engages in political and social activism, including his criticism of the George W. Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Cuba and Venezuela, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. more…

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