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The Indian Runner

Released 1991
Distributor MGM

In his behind the camera debut, actor Sean Penn wrote and directed this unheralded ’60s era Nebraska-set drama inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s song Highway Patrolman. The last film of actress Sandy Dennis, who plays the wife of Charles Bronson in one of his last substantial dramatic roles. Look for Benicio Del Toro in his third film appearance.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.