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The Last Sunset (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 7 June 1961 (USA)
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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Cast

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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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Calverton
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Ed Hobbs
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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

Kirk Douglas optioned the property for his production company Byrna and was in the midst of supervising the editing of _Spartacus_ when he got an impassioned letter from Robert Aldrich, lobbying for the job of director. See more »

Goofs

During the final shoot-out, not only do the shadows change from long to short to non-existent, the cloud cover varies from full cover, to a few clouds and then to not a cloud in the sky. See more »

Quotes

Dana Stribling: They told me you would try to circle around to get the sun in their eyes.
Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley: You did a little circling yourself.
Dana Stribling: Insurance.
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Referenced in Max, der Taschendieb (1962) See more »

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Cu Cu Ru Cu Paloma
(uncredited)
by Tomás Méndez
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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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