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Sunset (1988)

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Rod Amateau (story), Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Tom Mix
James Garner ... Wyatt Earp
Malcolm McDowell ... Alfie Alperin
Mariel Hemingway ... Cheryl King
Kathleen Quinlan ... Nancy Shoemaker
Jennifer Edwards ... Victoria Alperin
Patricia Hodge ... Christina Alperin
Richard Bradford ... Captain Blackworth
M. Emmet Walsh ... Chief Marvin Dibner
Joe Dallesandro ... Dutch Kieffer
Andreas Katsulas ... Arthur
Dann Florek ... Marty Goldberg
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Hal Flynn
Michael C. Gwynne ... Mooch
Dermot Mulroney ... Michael Alperin
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Storyline

Whilst making a silent film about the life of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, veteran actor 'Tom Mix' (Bruce Willis) discovers that the real Earp ('James Garner') is on the film set as a technical advisor. The two become friends, but when a murder takes place, the two become partners and set about tracking down the killer. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

They broke every rule, loved every woman, took every risk and solved the most shocking murder in the history of Beverly Hills. And it's all true. Give or take a lie or two.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catalina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,031,678, 1 May 1988

Gross USA:

$4,594,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,594,452
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Fountain portrays his real-life grandfather, actor John Gilbert. See more »

Goofs

During the stagecoach chase in the beginning, modern power lines are visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

Wyatt Earp: How come you told Cheryl where I'm staying?
Tom Mix: Because she asked. And I figured if she asked you, you'd tell her.
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Crazy Credits

The final frame of the picture freezes, and the following text appears: "And this is how it really happened. Give or take a lie or two." See more »


Soundtracks

Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A good movie. One disappointing point, tho !
24 August 2004 | by talaxinaSee all my reviews

I saw Sunset, recently, during a middle-of-the-night channel surf that ended up on a cable channel running the film at about 4:00am. I had never seen the film before, but had always been interested because of the two leads, and the era in which the film is set (the late 1920s).

I enjoyed the film, quite a bit, actually. I thought the story was very good, and well written, and Garner and Willis made a great team. I especially enjoyed Willis' characterization of Tom Mix. He brought just the right amount of cowboy style to the silen movie hero. And, of course, Garner is always good. But he really excelled as Wyatt Earp.

I thought the premise was very original, and that the whole film was a lot of fun.

With one exception.

Why is the villain of this piece so obviously supposed to remind us of Charley Chaplin ? Alvy Alperin ? Formerly known as The Happy Hobo ? A clear reference to Chaplin, and his little tramp. And yet the character is an abuseive rapist, and murderer who beats his own wife to death.

Why Edwards chose to virtually villify one of the most talented and entertaining comedians of the silent era, who was also a fairly nice bloke in real life, if a bit of a womanizer, I do not know.

The other original characters in the film- that is character who are fictional, rather than historical, like Earp, and Mix, are very well-crafted, believable, and completely original. No single character seems to be a rip on any single individual in Hollywood at the time, except for Malcolm McDowall's Alperin.

As a fan of Chaplin, Normand, Arbuckle, and the great silent clowns I found this to be a strong defect in the overall film. I can definitely believe Tom Mix as a hero. But I simply cannot reconcile even a thinly renamed Chaplin with a bully and a rapist.

I wonder why Edwards didn't go the extra mile to make the Alperin character more original.

Aside from this point, which is a big one, really, the film is a lot of fun for fans of the period, and the leads.


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