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The Last Sunset (1961)

 -  Romance | Western  -  7 June 1961 (USA)
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Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman ... See full summary »

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Dana Stribling
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Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley
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Belle Breckenridge
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John Breckenridge
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Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge
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Frank Hobbs
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Milton Wing
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Julesburg Kid (as Rad Fulton)
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Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle and O'Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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When giants clash, a woman trembles!

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Sundown at Crazy Horse  »

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Trivia

Filming of the cattle drive proved problematic as the bulls would frequently be seen mounting the cows. See more »

Goofs

This film takes place from Mexico to Texas. There are Joshua trees in the film and Joshua trees are indigenous to the Mohave Desert region of California, Arizona and Nevada only. There are none in Texas. See more »

Quotes

Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge: Do you like God?
Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley: Of course, but I don't know him, really. Do you?
Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge: Part of him. Someday, I'm going to know all of him.
Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley: Oh, not all of him, Missy, that would be too much for anyone to know. That would blind you. Just learning to know rocks and trees, stars and sun, like they're all part of God, too.
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Referenced in The Spider's Stratagem (1970) See more »

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Cu Cu Ru Cu Paloma
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O'Malley, the alley cat.
3 February 1999 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

An unpretentious Western told in an honest, straightforward manner.

Robert Aldrich does a very controlled job directing a story straddling the Texas Mexico border, a story told at a steady pace but rarely reaching memorable highs. The film has many elements of the classic Western including a chase, cattle drive and gunfight but it also tries to add some melodramatic, pure story based elements - though one major plot point was so well signposted, it might as well have been included in the opening credits.

Kirk Douglas, as Brendan O'Malley, provides the barely controlled dynamism at the centre of the film. Unfortunately, not all parts of the film are to this standard. Rock Hudson has difficulties with the role of the upstanding sheriff. A strong supporting cast, from Joseph Cotton to Jack Elam, provides a wide, interesting range of characters.

Overall, a solid if unspectacular film, recommended for Western and Kirk Douglas fans. 6.75.


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