1991, MGM Repertory, 125 min, USA, Dir: Sean Penn

Inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song "Highway Patrolman," this auspicious debut for first-time director Sean Penn focuses on the Cain and Abel relationship between two loving brothers, small-town lawman David Morse and Vietnam vet Viggo Mortensen. Often unbearably moving but never sentimental, it features a gallery of stand-out performances by Charles Bronson, Sandy Dennis, Dennis Hopper, Patricia Arquette and Valeria Golino.

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