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David Leeds (writer)
Richard Rothstein (writer)
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1978 (USA) See more »
Couple of strangers arrive in a small town, each one after a different thing. | Add synopsis »
Shoot the Sun Down | Blu-ray Review
 (From ioncinema. 5 November 2013, 7:00 AM, PST)

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Walken western failure ......... See more (2 total) »


  (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)
Location Management
Thomas H. Kirk .... location manager (as Thomas Kirk)
Music Department
Steven R. Mitchell .... soloist (as Steve Mitchell)
Rebecca Reardon .... solo vocals
Sim Sadler .... music and effects editor
Other crew
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 cast Christopher Walken after seeing his performance in Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976). Leeds had to coax Margot Kidder out of retirement to star in the film.See more »


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Walken western failure ........., 17 January 2011
Author: merklekranz from United States

Margo Kidder and Christopher Walken star in this slow and talky western. The overall structure is very haphazard, with characters neither explained or developed. To me, "Shoot the Sun Down" seems more like an art house film, than a second rate western. It is loaded with "compelling visions", but hardly any substance. While Walken does get staked to the desert ground and attacked by Vultures, there is really little here of interest. Long boring scenes, like Walken talking to his horse, permeate the film. Even though the theme of searching for Montezuma's gold should have been intriguing, the movie lacks excitement, and for the most part is just plain boring. Not recommended, even for Walken enthusiasts. - MERK

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