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The Sundowners (1960)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Adventure  |  28 February 1961 (Japan)
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In Australia's Outback during the early 20th century the impoverished Carmody family lives a nomadic life out of their wagon but the mom and son want to settle while the dad is against it.

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Jean Halstead
Chips Rafferty ...
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Liz Brown
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Bluey Brown
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Gerry Duggan ...
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In the Australian Outback, the Carmody family--Paddy, Ida and their teenage son Sean--are sheep drovers, always on the move. Ida and Sean want to settle down and buy a farm. Paddy wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, the birth of a child, drinking, gambling and a race horse will all have a part in the final decision. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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Thrill to a new kind of outdoor adventure ! See more »

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Drama | Adventure

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28 February 1961 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Les horizons sans frontières  »

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Trivia

Although studio head Jack L. Warner wanted to shoot the movie in Arizona, director Fred Zinnemann insisted on shooting the exteriors on location in Australia. The shoot did not go well. Zinnemann spent 12 weeks filming scenery and sheep herding scenes in the Outback before the cast arrived. Once the cast got there, the weather began alternating daily between hot sun and cold rain, which resulted in several extra weeks of filming. 'Robert Mitchum' was so harassed by fans that he had to move onto a boat to get away from them. See more »

Goofs

After Ida and Sean cross the bridge to escape the fire, they look into the flames for Paddy. Through the smoke, you can see a man tending the fire. See more »

Quotes

Rupert Venneker: Nothing is as revolting to the young than to see their elders at play.
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Soundtracks

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Quoted in the background score and played by the band at the first race meeting and also sung at Mrs Firth's hotel
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magnificent, and yet.......
2 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

First of all, this is one of the most gorgeous films to look at that I have ever seen. Although I can't at this point identify the processing, I suspect Cinemascope, which produced results that, in films of 40- or 50-year vintage, are superior to the best of today's cheaper, inferior techniques. The brilliant color, combined with the superb cinematography of the grandeur of the Australian outback. make the movie a big piece of eye candy. The performances, too, are first-rate, from a wonderful cast (Mitchum, Kerr, Ustinov, Glynis Johns - who could ask for better?), and the story is a warmly human one which draws us in. However, having said that, and having enjoyed the movie immensely, one doesn't feel the desire to see it again, as one does with similar movies that have a more deeply textured story, e.g. The Quiet Man. I think it is just that the story, though interesting on a superficial level, does not have the depth or complexity to make the film a 'keeper'. However, the Australian Tourist Bureau should be eternally grateful.


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