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Decision at Sundown (1957)

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Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife's death years earlier.

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Bart Allison
John Carroll ...
Tate Kimbrough
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Lucy Summerton
Valerie French ...
Ruby James
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Sam (as Noah Beery)
John Archer ...
Dr. John Storrow
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Sheriff Swede Hansen
James Westerfield ...
Otis
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Charles Summerton
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Morley Chase
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Mr. Baldwin
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Reverend Zaron
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Bart Allison arrives in Sundown planning to kill Tate Kimbrough. Three years earlier he believed Kimbrough was responsible for the death of his wife. He finds Kimbrough and warns him he is going to kill him but gets pinned down in the livery stable with his friend Sam by Kimbrough's stooge Sheriff and his men. When Sam is shot in the back after being told he could leave safely, some of the townsmen change sides and disarm the Sheriff's men forcing him to face Allison alone. Taking care of the Sheriff, Allison injures his gun hand and must now face Kimbrough left-handed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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At the beginning when you first see Tate Kimbrough, you can see the fingernail on his left index finger is black, indicating he bruised it at some point around filming. See more »

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Several coils of rope hanging in the barn where Scott is trapped are secured with modern tape. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Swede Hansen: That sign means what it says, mister.
Bart Allison: [With certitude] So do I, sheriff.
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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: An American Original (2005) See more »

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Striking, complex western
25 October 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A far more interesting and morally complex film than I expected after the first 15 minutes.

Randolph Scott stars as a cowboy come to take revenge on a man who wronged him, a man who is now the kingpin of the town of Sundown. But all the characters reveal more layers than our first introductions lead us to expect, and issues of right and wrong end up as more subjective and complex than we think of in most westerns.

Not quite a great movie – there are flaws; weak supporting performances, a misogynistic attitude, some unsuccessful comic relief, some stretching of credulity, etc. But a movie that was much more striking than I had any expectation of.


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