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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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Mrs. Firth
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Jean Halstead
Chips Rafferty ...
Quinlan
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Lola Brooks ...
Liz Brown
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Herb Johnson
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Bluey Brown
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Ocker
Gerry Duggan ...
Shearer
Leonard Teale ...
Shearer
Peter Carver ...
Shearer
Dick Bentley ...
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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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28 February 1961 (Japan)  »

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Tres vidas errantes  »

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Trivia

First full length cinema film of Ray Barrett. See more »

Goofs

During the horse race at the conclusion of the film, the camera is positioned ahead of the race shooting back at the field of horses which are running towards the camera. In the lower right corner of the frame, the dust kicking up from the vehicle carrying the camera is visible and clearly is separated from the field of horses. Also to the right of the racing horses behind where they had just run, the tire marks from the camera's vehicle can be clearly seen on the track. See more »

Quotes

Sean Carmody: Gee, it's gonna be fun. This is the first time I've ever been away from home.
Shearer: What, with your mom and dad not fifty yards outside that window, and you call that being away from home?
Rupert Venneker: Certainly. Being out in the world is a state of mind, not of geography. The distance between that tent and this bunker is the longest journey you will ever make in your life.
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The Sundowners is no "downer". Ha ha
26 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

It's a real joy just to watch this movie. It's a movie where the characters really seem to come to life and inhabit the world which is presented to us by director Fred Zinnemann. Even though the movie is basically about the strong ties that keep a family together during changing times, he never lets it get soppy. Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr play an Australian couple who travel the around Australia, pick up jobs like cattle-driving and sheep-shearing where they can, and never stay in place for too long. Michael Anderson, Jr. plays their 16-year-old son, who begins to yearn for a steady home and station in life. There are so many great things in the movie: the photography, the way the story unfolds in an amusingly rambling pace, etc. But the best has to be the cast. The Sundowners is probably Deborah Kerr's least glamorous role and yet she has never been more attractive and appealing than here. Perhaps it took a more gritty setting to really bring her beauty to the surface. She seems less weighed down here than in other roles. Robert Mitchum is a big hunk of tasteful testosterone. A beer-drinking man's man who gets into fights but who nevertheless is completely faithful to his family. Michael Anderson, Jr. is great at being youthfully sunny and yet awkwardly self-conscious at the same time. The movie has a truly great scene where the strong Mitchum faces off against a frail-looking old man in a sheep-shearing contest and is surprisingly pushed way beyond his physical limits. This dream of a movie also stars Peter Ustinov and Glynis Johns in memorable roles. **** out of ****


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