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David Leeds (writer)
Richard Rothstein (writer)
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1978 (USA) See more »
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Shoot the Sun Down | Blu-ray Review
 (From ioncinema. 5 November 2013, 7:00 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order)

Margot Kidder ... The Woman

Geoffrey Lewis ... Scalphunter

Christopher Walken ... Mr. Rainbow

Bo Brundin ... Captain

A Martinez ... Sunbearer
Ivan Naranjo ... Delaware
Bert Santos ... Angel

Sacheen Littlefeather ... Navajo Woman
Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Lieutenant
Michael Eiland ... Shipping Agent
Don Hann ... Barber
Phil Haozous ... Apache Leader
Robert McVay ... Amos
Michael Melton ... Durango
Sam Montoya ... Outlaw Leader
Erik Nelson ... Henry
Dickson Newberry ... Gambler
Luis Ramirez ... Blacksmith

Ben Zeller ... Assayer

Directed by
David Leeds 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Leeds  writer
Richard Rothstein  writer

Produced by
David Leeds .... producer
Richard Rothstein .... co-producer
Peter Samuelson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Ed Bogas 
Judy Munsen 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman 
Film Editing by
Richard Chase (supervising film editor)
Allan Holzman 
Set Decoration by
Marcia Rabinowitz 
Costume Design by
Adrianne Levesque 
Makeup Department
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Samuelson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark A. Burley .... assistant director (as Mark Burley)
Gerald T. Olson .... assistant director (as Gerald Olson)
Art Department
Elizabeth Nelson .... assistant property master
Erik L. Nelson .... property master
Artur Thomas .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Vince Garcia .... boom operator
Bill Oliver .... sound mixer (as William Oliver)
Special Effects by
Richard O. Helmer .... special effects (as Richard Helmer)
Greg Walker .... stunt coordinator
Raleigh Gardenhire .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob McVay .... key grip (as Robert McVay)
Walter Nichols .... assistant
Lisa Selwyn .... still photographer
L. Strether .... camera operator
Alton Walpole .... grip
Casting Department
Patricia Mock .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrianne Levesque .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Ross Albert .... assistant editor
Mary Jo Barron .... post-production assistant
Richard Chase .... executive for post production
Constance Richardson .... assistant editor
Michael Spelt .... assistant editor
Bob Sarles .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Steven R. Mitchell .... soloist (as Steve Mitchell)
Rebecca Reardon .... solo vocals
Sim Sadler .... music and effects editor
Other crew
Thomas H. Kirk .... location manager (as Thomas Kirk)
Jon Longmire .... production assistant
Victoria Longmire .... production assistant
Julie G. Moldo .... production secretary
Kathleen Newport .... script supervisor (as Kathy Newport)

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100 min | USA:93 min (VHS)
Color (CFI)
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Writer/director David Leeds came up with the idea of having Mr. Rainbow throw knives from watching "Kung Fu" (1972).See more »


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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating character studies., 19 November 2002
Author: curly-17 from United States

In the late 1830s, when much of the Old West was still Mexican territory, 4 people are travelling through the deserts, north of Texas and a 3-day ride from Santa Fe. They are: the Scalphunter, who says his trade is being a "buffaler" (buffalo hide trader), he is in search of gold; a former ship's Captain, also in search of the gold; a Woman from England, a former chambermaid who, in exchange for ship's passage to America, signed an agreement to serve the Captain for 5 years, she is an indentured servant; and Mr. Rainbow, a former soldier who killed Indians. The Captain sets out to find some of Montezuma's gold, risking danger from both the native Indians and Mexican soldiers. The woman wants to get out of her contract with the Captain and go to New Orleans, she asks Mr. Rainbow to take her there, but he turns her down. Scalphunter wants half of the Captain's gold, and tags along with his men. Mr. Rainbow sets out across the desert through the Viaje de la Muerte, the Journey of Death.

One night, during a terrible wind storm, the Captain and the Woman and Scalphunter and his men are in a small cabin. Scalphunter snaps impatiently at his men to be quiet. The Captain begins his lecture, "We were in the North Sea in mid-December, sailing for Glasgow harbor, when a black mask came over the horizon. For a solid fortnight, Davey Jones swabbed the decks. 10 men washed overboard before I had time to call all hands below. There were 50 of us, aye 50, holed up in a room not half the size of this one. Tossed against the hull, so hard you could hear their bones crack. And for the whole time, from not one mother's son, was there a whimper." Scalphunter quips sarcastically, "Do you know what your trouble is, Captain? You ain't got no boat." Just then, Mr. Rainbow drops in. Is he after the gold or the woman, or both? An intriguing movie with fascinating character studies.

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