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  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$4,594,452 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Mariel Hemingway appears in drag in this movie. Dressed as a man, the characterization was somewhat of a nod to writer-director Blake Edwards' earlier _Victor Victoria_ made and released about six years before. See more »


Wyatt Earp died before the 1929 Academy Awards ceremonies took place. See more »


[last title card]
Title Card: ...and that's the way it really happened.
Title Card: Give or take a lie or two.
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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 »


Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Huge fun and one in the eye for the critics!
16 December 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is huge fun and shows the critics (as usual) know nothing! I caught Sunset by accident on channel 5US (UK Sky) tonight and loved it so much I ordered the DVD online from (just 4.99 UKP) right after - this is a real keeper.

Willis and Garner are superb as you'd expect, and it was nice to see Malcolm McDowell and fellow Brit Patricia Hodge doing (literally!) sterling work. A fine cameo from the late Andreas Katsulas of Babylon 5 fame as the felonious chauffeur Arthur - this guy is sadly missed.

My only improvement to this would be to have it in good old 1920's black and white. Hey - I'll turn the colour off when the DVD arrives :O) Love it to bits.


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