MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,613 this week

Decision at Sundown (1957)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,116 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 16 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (from a story by)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 301 titles
created 17 Oct 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 16 Jul 2012
 
a list of 72 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 2560 titles
created 21 Oct 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 24 Mar 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Decision at Sundown (1957)

Decision at Sundown (1957) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Decision at Sundown.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Westbound (1959)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1864 Capt. John Hayes goes to Colorado to take over the stagecoach line and keep the flow of Western gold flowing and help the North win the Civil War.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Virginia Mayo, Karen Steele
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Texan Tom Buchanan is heading back home with enough money to start his own ranch, but when he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he's robbed and framed for murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, Barry Kelley
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A former sheriff blames himself for his wife's death during a Wells Fargo robbery and vows to track down and kill the seven men responsible.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin
Ride Lonesome (1959)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A bounty hunter escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man's outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts
7th Cavalry (1956)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An officer accused of cowardice volunteers to bring back General Custers's body after Little Big Horn.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Hale, Jay C. Flippen
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris, Joan Weldon
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Larry Madden returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of cattle baron Tucker Ordway.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle
Rage at Dawn (1955)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Marshal must face unpleasant facts about his past when he attempts to run a criminal gang out of town.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Randolph Scott, Angela Lansbury, Warner Anderson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A year after a violent train robbery the Pinkerton detective agency hires a bounty hunter to find the three remaining killers. He tracks them to Twin Forks but has no clue to their identity... See full summary »

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Dolores Dorn, Marie Windsor
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Army veterans, just mustered out of the service, are going to the one of the men's brothers ranch on their way West. Just as they arrive, Indians attack the ranch and kill the brother. The ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Bart Allison
John Carroll ...
Tate Kimbrough
...
Lucy Summerton
Valerie French ...
Ruby James
...
Sam (as Noah Beery)
John Archer ...
Dr. John Storrow
...
Sheriff Swede Hansen
James Westerfield ...
Otis
...
Charles Summerton
...
Morley Chase
...
Mr. Baldwin
...
Reverend Zaron
...
Spanish
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Decision at Sundown  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lucy Summerton: [to Bart] Look, when you're in love the way you must have been, the truth isn't an easy thing to face up to. No man, including Tate Kimbrough, can take another man's wife away from him unless she really wants to be taken. So maybe you didn't lose anything that was really very worthwhile.
[He grabs her as she is leaving, and she slaps his face. He slaps her rump out the door]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Very Good
14 November 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Decision at Sundown (1957)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

After the suicide of his wife, Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) makes it his goal to hunt down and kill the man he feels responsible. He finds Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll) in the small town of Sundown where he owns the sheriff (Andrew Duggan) and has the town frightened. Not to mention he shows up just as Tate is about to be married. It seems these Boetticher/Scott films weren't overly successful or popular when first released but over the past few years their reputations have really grown. There are a couple twists here that happens at the end of the film, which probably wouldn't go over too well back in 1957 but today I think people will be able to enjoy these more. This is certainly a western by all means but it's also a lot deeper than that and I think that's the reason these films keep getting more popular. The character study that involves Bart, Tate and the entire town makes for some suspenseful scenes and a lot of stuff to think about when it comes to men trying to seek revenge. Boetticher's direction is masterful as he does a terrific job at building tension from the opening scenes all the way to the end. The majority of the film has Scott held up in a barn, which is perfect because it gives the film a chance to visit and see the supporting characters and learn how they're going to have a major impact on the ending. The performances are also excellent with Scott leading the way in a role that isn't your typical hero. An anti-hero might be better because he is playing a very ugly character that doesn't have much charm. The way Scott lets the character's pain run free makes this the best work I've seen from him. Duggan is terrific as the snake sheriff and we get strong supporting performances by Carroll, Karen Steele and Valerie French. Noah Beery, Jr. is also excellent in his role as Scott's friend. Again, I'm sure people could debate the twists at the end but I think the make the film a lot more memorable. We've seen countless western's involving revenge so to see one that isn't done in a standard fashion is very refreshing.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who is the redhead waitress? larry-175
Where Oh Where? shiloh_3
best randolph scott western? nedeljkodjukic88
Discuss Decision at Sundown (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?