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True West, written in 1980, is about sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers of opposite temperaments and life styles brought together in the home of their mother, in Southern California, while she’s traveling in Alaska.  Austin, the younger ivy-league educated, conventionally living screen-writer — short and rumpled — is house-sitting for his mother while finishing up a screen play near-to-contract with a Hollywood producer when Lee — the rangy, handsome one (though you wouldn’t know it from the photo) — a volatile, desert roaming, manipulative thief shows up, distracting, threatening, and simply refusing to disappear.

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