Sunset (1988)

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Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl King
Nancy Shoemaker
Jennifer Edwards ...
Victoria Alperin
Christina Alperin
Captain Blackworth
Chief Marvin Dibner
Dutch Kieffer
Marty Goldberg
Bill Marcus ...
Hal Flynn
Michael Alperin


Whilst making a silent film about the life of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, veteran actor 'Tom Mix' (Bruce Willis) discovers that the real Earp ('James Garner') is on the film set as a technical advisor. The two become friends, but when a murder takes place, the two become partners and set about tracking down the killer. Written by Jonathan Broxton <>

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They broke every rule, loved every woman, took every risk and solved the most shocking murder in the history of Beverly Hills. And it's all true. Give or take a lie or two.


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Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Catalina  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)


$4,594,452 (USA)

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The movie was nominated for two Razzie Awards, for Worst Supporting Actress (Mariel Hemingway) and Worst Director (Blake Edwards), winning one for the latter. See more »


The final shot of the film shows an eastbound train leaving Pasadena and chugging into the sunset, which means that the sun is setting in the East. See more »


Tom Mix: Wait a minute, Wyatt, there's something we gotta get sorted out here. I threatened to rope him behind my horse and drag him, then you waltz in pretty as you please and threaten to kill him. I don't like being out-threatened.
Wyatt Earp: Sorry. Won't happen again.
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Crazy Credits

The final frame of the picture freezes, and the following text appears: "And this is how it really happened. Give or take a lie or two." See more »


References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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One of our favorites ... witty and highly entertaining
31 July 2004 | by (Uxbridge, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

I was shocked to read the reviews of this. My husband is a very serious movie buff -- a TV newsman, now retired after 40+ years in the business. I'm a writer (we never retire, we just get older). And both of us love this movie. In fact, when we started switching over to DVD, it was among the first movies we bought.

For me, the essence of a great movie is THE SCRIPT! I love words. I love wit. I love intelligent dialogue. And this movie has tons of wit, great dialogue, memorable lines (give or take a lie or two) and excellent chemistry between Willis and Garner. I liked Willis as Tom Mix, although I am not otherwise much of a Bruce Willis fan (except that I loved "Moonlighting" ... ) I thought he gave a much more subtle and textured performance than he has done in most of his movies. And of course, I've liked Garner since I was a girl watching Maverick on TV.

Black Edwards' movies are not everyone's cup of tea, I guess. I love most of them, and minimally, enjoy the rest. His movies are always intelligent: the wit biting, the dialogue sharp with some extraordinary monologues. For the Blake Edwards fans out there, is there a better monologue than William Holden's speech, which in many ways, was his own obituary -- in S.O.B. (another of Black Edwards' great films that hardly anyone seems to appreciate).

Okay. I'm finished. I think "Sunset" is a very fine movie. If what you are looking for are car chases, piles of corpses, slapstick, sex, and special effects, this is NOT your movie. If your love of movies includes a love of words, good acting, and sharp humor, this is a good'un.

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