The Indian Runner

Director: Sean Penn
Year Released: 1991
Rating: 2.0

Small town police officer Joe (David Morse) tries to reconnect with his brother Frank (Viggo Mortensen), who just returned to Nebraska after fighting in the Vietnam War, but Frank runs off with his girlfriend Dorothy (Patricia Arquette), their parents (Charles Bronson and Sandy Dennis) die and then Frank goes on a drunken rampage, getting into fights and killing bartender Caesar (Dennis Hopper).  Penn (in his directorial debut) based this off of Bruce Springsteen's song "Highway Patrolman," and it does a solid job reminding everyone how disaffected and depressed soldiers were coming back from that horrible conflict, but it dawdles entirely too much without revealing a whole lot about either of the two main characters: Morse is too taciturn and the movie enables Mortensen to rant and rave (and spit peas on his lady).  I think it nails the ending though, taking the Boss' lyrics literally: "Well, if it was any other man, I'd put him straight away / But when it's your brother, sometimes, you look the other way."  Not-so-fun fact: this was executive produced by "proud Christian Zionist" Steve Bannon - if you're not already aware of who he is, feel free to do a search on him and his various misdeeds.