Immigrants of different nationalities struggle to earn their legal status in Los Angeles. Their plight includes dealing with crossing the border, obtaining fraudulent documents, gaining asylum and the green card process. In addition to the difficulties of entering the US and living in a new countries, the immigrants must also deal with work-site enforcement and the office of counter terrorism. Directed by Wayne Kramer. With Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Summer Bishil, Cliff Curtis and Alice Braga. Categories: Drama. Year: 2009.
Sean Penn in Crossing Over
In 1977, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) becomes the nation's first openly gay man to be voted into public office, joining the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Using his victory to champion not only gay rights but human rights as well, Milk unites a diverse group of people from across the political spectrum with his outspoken manner and sense of humor. But, as he gains recognition and increases his public profile, Milk also faces hostility from fellow supervisor Dan White (Josh Brolin), the man who would ulitmately take the lives of both Milk and Mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber). Directed by Gus Van Sant. With Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Diego Luna, Alison Pill and Lucas Grabeel. Categories: Biography, Drama, Based on a True Story. Year: 2008.
Sean Penn in Milk
Ben (Robert De Niro), a fading middle-aged Hollywood producer, struggles to balance his troubled homelife with the stresses of his job. Attending marriage counseling with his wife Kelly (Robin Wright Penn) and having trouble getting his new film made, Ben is surrounded by people who need him to be and do more than he already is. Directed by Barry Levinson. With Bruce Willis, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro, Kristen Stewart, Sean Penn, Catherine Keener and Michael Wincott. Categories: Comedy, Drama. Year: 2008.
Sean Penn in What Just Happened?
Based on the nonfiction bestseller, this film tells the story of Chris (Emile Hirsch), a bright young college graduate from a troubled family who decides to go off on his own and live off the land. On the road, he makes friends with a sweet teenage girl (Kristen Stewart) and a lonely widower (Hal Holbrook). His parents (William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden) and sister (Jena Malone) become frantic, since they have no idea where he is. Eventually he abandons his new friends as he heads deep into the Alaskan wilderness, determined to live by his wits alone. With Catherine Keener and Vince Vaughn. Directed by Sean Penn. Categories: Adventure, Biography, Drama. Year: 2007.
Sean Penn in Into the Wild
"Boss" Willie Stark (Sean Penn), an idealistic southern politician loosely based on Governor Huey Long of Louisiana, appeals to the common man to earn his place of power. But, Stark's victories have their price, eventually leading him to his downfall after being corrupted by the system. Directed by Steven Zaillian. With Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet, Mark Ruffalo and James Gandolfini. Categories: Drama. Year: 2006.
Sean Penn in All the King's Men
When UN Translator Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) overhears a death threat against an African head of state, she becomes a target for the same group of killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn), everything seems under control, until Tobin begins to question Silvia's motives. As the conspiracy grows, Silvia and Tobin grapple with the realization that in this dangerous game, anyone could be the enemy. Directed by Sydney Pollack. With George Harris, Michael Wright and Catherine Keener. Categories: Drama, Thriller. Year: 2005.
Sean Penn in The Interpreter
Cristina Peck (Naomi Watts) is forced to suffer the loss of her husband Michael (Danny Huston) and their two daughters, killed in a hit-and-run by born-again ex-con Jack Jordan (Benicio Del Toro). Paul Rivers (Sean Penn), a college professor dying of heart failure, becomes the recipient of Michael's transplanted heart and is drawn to Cristina out of the debt of life he owes to her husband. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Categories: Drama, Crime, Thriller. Year: 2003.
Sean Penn in 21 Grams
Jimmy (Sean Penn), Sean (Kevin Bacon) and Dave (Tim Robbins) were best friends until the day when Dave was abducted a man claiming to be a police officer. Years later, they find their lives thrust together again when Jimmy's daughter Katie (Emmy Rossum) is murdered. Sean, who is now a police detective, leads the investigation and questions Dave as a prime suspect. Jimmy, consumed with grief, sets out on a course of revenge to learn the truth, no matter the consequences. Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney, Kevin Chapman and Tom Guiry. Categories: Crime, Drama, Mystery. Year: 2003/.
Sean Penn in Mystic River
Sam Dawson (Sean Penn) is a mentally-challenged single father who loves his daughter Lucy (Dakota Fanning) and the Beatles. Although an extraordinary group of friends help Sam with Lucy, child services step in and set up Lucy with a foster family when it becomes apparent that the 7-year-old's intelligence has begun to surpass her father's. Never giving up hope of getting his daughter back, Sam hires Rita Harrison (Michelle Pfeiffer), a high priced lawyer, to help him plead his case and convince the court that he is a fit father. Directed by Jessie Nelson. With Dianne Wiest, Richard Schiff, Laura Dern, Doug Hutchison and Mary Steenburgen. Categories: Drama. Year: 2001.
Sean Penn in I Am Sam
Jack Nicholson stars as a police officer in a small town who is about to retire. Just before he works his final day, a 7-year-old girl is found murdered. He promises her mother that he will find out who killed her. But as he continues to work on the case, even after he leaves the force, one of his former colleagues (Aaron Eckhart) questions whether his interest in this case is as innocent as it appears. Directed by Sean Penn. With Dale Dickey. Categories: Drama, Crime, Mystery, Thriller. Year: 2001.
Sean Penn in The Pledge
The life of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas inspired this film. Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar for his performance in No Country for Old Men, stars as the writer, who was a strong supporter of the Castro regime until he realized he was gay. Persecuted for his sexual orientation, he became an outcast in the country he once loved and eventually moved to New York. Sean Penn and Johnny Depp play friends who had a significant impact on his life. Directed by Julian Schnabel. Categories: Biography, Drama. Year: 2000.
Sean Penn in Before Night Falls
Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is an out of work puppeteer with a dowdy girlfriend (Cameron Diaz) and few prospects. After starting a strange new job, he discovers a doorway in his office building that allows him to enter the head of actor John Malkovich for fifteen minutes. This discovery opens up new avenues in his life as he experiments with this bizarre ability. Directed by Spike Jonze. With Catherine Keener, Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn, Winona Ryder and Ned Bellamy. Categories: Comedy, Fantasy, Drama. Year: 1999.
Sean Penn in Being John Malkovich