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Story

Sean Penn announced his retirement from acting, then wrote and directed this emotionally raw, somewhat sprawling film, suggested by Bruce Springsteen's song "Highway Patrolman." David Morse is the title character, an upstanding citizen and peace officer who tries to help his troubled--and troublesome--brother (Viggo Mortensen), recently returned from Vietnam. The brother and his girlfriend (Patricia Arquette) have bad news written all over them--but Morse does what he can to be protector, to no avail. Penn, whose model was John Cassavetes, favors long scenes that draw intense emotions from his cast, which includes Charles Bronson (in an unusually low-key role), Sandy Dennis, and Valeria Golino. But it's as depressing as Springsteen's song. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

David MorseJoe Roberts
Viggo MortensenFrank Roberts
Valeria GolinoMaria
Patricia ArquetteDorothy
Charles BronsonMr. Roberts
Sandy DennisMrs. Roberts
Dennis HopperCaesar
Jordan RhodesRandall
Enzo RossiRaffael
Harry CrewsMr. Baker
Eileen RyanMrs. Baker
Trevor Endicott12-Years-Old Joe Roberts
Brandon Fleck7-Years-Old Frank Roberts
Kathy JensenLady at Carwash
James DevneyDeputy #1
Leland J. OlsonDoctor
Annie PearsonHotel Manager
Thomas Blair LevinClyde
V. Stacy KleinLucy
Benicio Del ToroMiguel
James J. LuxaRandall's Partner
Adam NelsonCellmate
Eddie KatzGuy on Commode
Kenny StablerIndian Runner
Don ShanksYoung Indian Runner
Neal StarkCircus Dwarf
Elaine SchoonoverBearded Lady
Larry HoeflingLarry
Phil GouldMan at Del Mar
Chuck UlmerFrank's Boss
Joe MartinDorothy's Father
Helen HalmesDorothy's Mother
James IntveldKid on Highway
Jill AndersonFace at the Bar (uncredited)
John Blyth BarrymoreAdditional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Pete BoughnPallbearer (uncredited)
Allison CaineAdditional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Kevin CostelloPartygoer (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Sean Penn
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 127 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 20, 1991
    EuropeNov 29, 1991
    AustraliaSep 11, 1992
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 26, 2003
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