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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Sean Penn's Overlooked and Underrated Directorial Debut, 'The Indian Runner'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood April 17, 2013 at 11:41AM

Overlooked and Underrated Week continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner," starring Viggo Mortensen.
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Viggo Mortensen in "The Indian Runner"
Viggo Mortensen in "The Indian Runner"

Overlooked and Underrated Week continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner," starring Viggo Mortensen.

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.