- Status: Completed
- Score: 7/10
- Director: Sean Penn
- Country: USAJapan
- Year: 1991
- Duration: 127 min
A Vietnam vet comes home to his small town and finds himself in conflict with rules that his brother has vowed to uphold.
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.
David Morse, Valeria Golino, Charles Bronson, Dennis Hopper, Enzo Rossi, Eileen Ryan, Brandon Fleck, James Devney, Viggo Mortensen, Patricia Arquette, Sandy Dennis, Jordan Rhodes, Harry Crews, Trevor Endicott, Kathy Jensen,