David Morse
Passengers
Hounddog
Disturbia
16 Blocks
Nearing Grace
Down in the Valley
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Double Vision
The Slaughter Rule
Hearts in Atlantis
Proof of Life
Bait
Dancer in the Dark
A.W.O.L.
The Green Mile
Crazy in Alabama
The Legend of Pig Eye
The Negotiator
George B.
Contact
The Rock
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Extreme Measures
The Taming Power of the Small
Twelve Monkeys
The Crossing Guard
The Getaway
Magic Kid 2
The Good Son
The Indian Runner
Desperate Hours
Personal Foul
Max Dugan Returns
Inside Moves

Year

1991

Character

Joe Roberts

Summary

Set in rural Ohio during the 60s, the film follows the fates of two brothers, one a failed farmer who's become a cop and the other a plain failure, a violent black sheep who returns home from military duty in Vietnam to wreak havoc and heartbreak on his family. From the opening moments, Joe Roberts (David Morse) is wracked by guilt, having just killed a redneck in a gun battle on a snow-covered country road. Brother Frank (Viggo Mortensen) shows up, still in uniform, just long enough to cruise in Joe's police car and hitch a ride on the next freight train out of town without visiting their long-suffering parents (Charles Bronson and the late Sandy Dennis in her final screen appearance).

The next we hear of Frank, he's in jail for beating up his ditzy hick girlfriend Dorothy (Patricia Arquette). Joe meets Frank when he's released and offers him shelter at the home he shares with his Mexican wife Maria (Valeria Golino) and their infant son. After some hesitation, Frank and now-pregnant Dorothy are romping through the Joe-and-Maria household and, for a while, life looks peachy indeed. Joe and Frank seem to be getting along. Frank marries Dorothy and gets a contruction job.

But it all proves to be just an extended prelude to Frank's climactic flip-out. He spits chewed-up peas into Dorothy's face and leaves bartender Caesar's (Dennis Hopper) brains spattered all over a barroom floor on his way out of town, just as Dorothy is going into labor. Joe chases Frank but lets him go, even though Frank screeches his car to a halt at the edge of town after he hallucinates seeing an Indian running out in front of his car.

Director

Sean Penn

Writers

Sean Penn

Cast

Viggo Mortensen

Frank Roberts

Valeria Golino

Maria

Patricia Arquette

Dorothy

Charles Bronson

Mr. Roberts

Sandy Duncan

Mrs. Roberts

Dennis Hopper

Caesar

Jordan Rhodes

Randall

Site

None

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