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. Written by
After the chase scene near the end of the film between Joe in the police car and Frank in the Buick, Joe turns off the red police lights, then the car's headlamps and steps out of the car and stands next to it. In the final scene we see Joe still standing next to the police car but the car's headlamps have mysteriously come on again. See more »
[about how he used to own farmland]
Land must churn
It's always turned.
They took what you earned.
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I knew nothing about this film when it appeared late night on ThisTV, Indianapolis, (channel 4.2).
(Digression: think of all the brothers that get along and make movies, Waylan, Cohen, Wachowski, etc).
The opening pre-title sequence was intriguing and about Indian hunters consuming the last breath of their prey. "Wow, I didn't know that", I thought.
I missed the credit of Sean Pean, 'cause I went to get a coffee. But that would have been a great clue. Penn directing a movie in the 60's?
Then the absorbing opening of the Sheriff chasing a fleeing suspect. "Hmmm", I thought. "This is a pretty well done for a 60's film". I was assuming it was made in the 60's. And, I mused "wow an early Viggo film".
Then I saw an old nice Charlie Bronson...(Charlie, we miss you) I thought something was wrong with the timing, how could he make Mr. Majestic ten years later. w t f? So I knew something was off, but what? And the lighting and style was so 60's, as were the cars.
But this was turning out to be a good movie. And I was puzzled It was on so late, I fell asleep, but thankfully it is repeated this Tuesday.
How this fell through the cracks, I don't know. Was shocked to read about it on IMDb (yea!) being made in '91 by Penn. Buy this movie if you see it in the bargain bin at the big box stores or a video store. Am totally looking forward to the repeat.
Hey, HBO, why don't you show some of these "glossed over" movies. Remember Shawshank Redemption. Initially ignored, went on to be People's Favorite movie, over Citizen Kane.
This is not an actual review, but my initial impressions of catching his movie for the first time.....some may find it similar to their puzzlement too.
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