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

...Frank hit me.

My daddy said he had to go to jail.

But don't worry because I'm here

to take care of him."

He's a likable son of a bitch.

Where does he get it?

I don't know.

Frank, he took off his clothes

to take a shit.

Frank, he took his clothes off

to take a shit. Frank.

- Great-looking kid, Joe.

- Yeah, thanks.

Got a great-looking mama.

What did she say?

- She asked if you'd take him.

- Sure, kids love me.

Come here, Raffael.

How you doing, boy?

Incest product?

That ain't really what she said?

I knew that.

I got a real bad idea I want

to follow though on...

...and I need your okay.

It's about Frankie, huh?

I wanna offer him a room

when he gets out.

I gotta get close to him again.

I gotta try.


Why do you think he'll want to?

You told me... I thought he had

that masochist waiting for him.

- Maybe the masochist will come too.

- Wait a minute.

No, you're probably right.

He probably won't want to come anyway.

- We have a child in the house.

- I've thought about that.

I'd talk to him first.

If he wants to come with the girl...

I'd meet her, decide from there.

I'm not going to say no.

Doggone it, Raffael.

What'd you do that for?

Put sand down my pants for?

Frank's jailer told me releases

didn't start until 10 a.m.

I'd only driven through

three states...

...but, man, this country

looks smaller on a map.

Frankie had few enough

moments of tenderness in him.

I didn't need to interrupt this one.

I thought better to wait my turn.

Collect from Joe.

Hi, babe. I'm still here.

No, I haven't yet.

Soon. I figure.

Kid's got me smoking again.

I will.

Yeah, I will. I know, I will.

I love you.

Okay. Bye-bye.

Little sister, that you?

Big brother do?

How about Winnie the Pooh?

He's in the zoo.

This I knew.

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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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