Sean Penn (Bobby Cooper), Nick Nolte (Jake McKenna),
Jennifer Lopez (Grace McKenna), Powers Boothe (Sheriff Virgil Potter), Claire Danes (Jenny), Joaquin Phoenix (Toby Tucker), Billy Bob Thornton (Darrell), Jon Voight (Blind
Sean Penn plays a luckless drifter whose classic
convertible breaks down in a remote desert town with a bagful of gambling money stashed in the boot.
During his delay while the car undergoes repairs, he meets
all kind of strange people in the town's population, including a husband and wife who are scheming to murder each other.
The plot had previously been done to much better effect in
1993's Red Rock West, and while Sean Penn stands out amongst the cast, it's mostly because everyone else is so awful rather than Penn delivering anything truly spectacular.
Only director Oliver Stone knows why he shot the film
stylistically as though it were a bad hangover.