The Indian Runner

The Indian Runner (1991)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1991-05-19
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 61 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 7min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: NHK
  • Production Country: Japan, United States of America
  • Director:
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From 61 Ratings


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.

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  • David Morse

    as Joe Roberts
  • Viggo Mortensen

    as Frank Roberts
  • Valeria Golino

    as Maria
  • Patricia Arquette

    as Dorothy
  • Charles Bronson

    as Mr. Roberts
  • Sandy Dennis

    as Mrs. Roberts
  • Dennis Hopper

    as Caesar
  • Jordan Rhodes

    as Randall
  • Enzo Rossi

    as Rafael
  • Harry Crews

    as Mr. Baker
  • Eileen Ryan

    as Mrs. Baker
  • Trevor Endicott

    as 12-Year-Old Joe Roberts
  • Brandon Fleck

    as 7-Year-Old Frank Roberts
  • Kathy Jensen

    as Lady at Car Wash
  • James Devney

    as Deputy #1
  • Leland J. Olson

    as Doctor
  • Annie Pearson

    as Hotel Manager
  • Thomas Blair Levin

    as Clyde
  • V. Stacy Klein

    as Lucy
  • Benicio del Toro

    as Miguel
  • James J. Luxa

    as Randall's Partner
  • Adam Nelson

    as Cellmate
  • Eddie Katz

    as Guy on Commode
  • Kenny Stabler

    as Indian Runner
  • Don Shanks

    as Young Indian Runner
  • Neal Stark

    as Circus Dwarf
  • Elaine Schoovner

    as Bearded Lady
  • Larry Hoefling

    as Larry
  • Philip Gould

    as Man at Del Mar
  • Chuck Ulmer

    as Frank's Boss
  • Joe Martin

    as Dorothy's Father
  • Helen Halmes

    as Dorothy's Mother
  • James Intveld

    as Kid on Highway
Writing Sean Penn Screenplay
Directing Sean Penn Director
Production Thom Mount Executive Producer
Art Michael D. Haller Production Design
Sound Jack Nitzsche Music
Art Derek R. Hill Set Decoration
Editing Jay Cassidy Editor
Camera Anthony B. Richmond Director of Photography
Production Don Phillips Producer
Costume & Make-Up Jill M. Ohanneson Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Frank Bianco Hairstylist
Production David Hamburger Line Producer
Production Stephen K. Bannon Executive Producer
Art Bill Groom Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Hallie D'Amore Makeup Supervisor
Sound Gregg Landaker Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound James J. Klinger Sound Editor
Sound Jack Kirschner Sound Editor
Sound Michael Minkler Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew Garry Elmendorf Special Effects
Sound Danny Bramson Music Supervisor
Sound Gary Alper Sound Mixer
Production Mark D. Bisgeier Executive Producer
Production Patricia Morrison Co-Producer