Sunset (1988)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  29 April 1988 (USA)
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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  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$4,594,452 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second of two movies that actor James Garner made with director Blake Edwards. The first was Victor Victoria (1982) around six years earlier. See more »


When Wyatt and Tom land the plane in the field, you hear the tires screech as if they were landing on a cement runway. The tires wouldn't make that noise landing in a grass pasture. See more »


Wyatt Earp: Martha Jane Canary was a dear and selfless woman, but she looked like an unmade bed. This young lady's far to pretty.
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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 »


Spoofs Hour of the Gun (1967) See more »


Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Great chemistry between to top Stars in a very underated moviee
17 January 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After reading the other user comments I felt a need to write about this wonderful film. Sunset is a fictionized account of the meeting of two famous cowboys, Marshal Wyatt Eurp and Western film star Tom Mix. This is the second time that James Garner played Wyatt Eurp as he played the part in John Sturges' under-rated film, "Hour Of the Gun" which told the story of what happened after the famous Gunfight at The O.K. Corral. Though in that film Garner played him very downbeat, and here he is his usual likeable cowboy.

Eurp and Mix (played by Bruce Willis in his second staring film)getting involved in an complicated mystery involving a Studio head played by Malcom McDowell (playing a sort of evil Charlie Chaplin). It's not only the wonderful chemistry between th two stars that makes the film enjoyable, but it's all the situations that they go thru.

Also a high point in the film is the score by master composer Henry Mancini. Mancini has score most of Director Blake Edwards films, since they first teamed up on the TV show Peter Gunn. Here Mancini shows why he was such a great composer, adaptable to any film genre, his western theme is as good as anything done by Elmer Bernstein and Dimitri Tiomkin, two of the highly regarded composers of western movies.

While parts of the film are a little uneven, and Director Edward should have not casted his daughter Jennifer Edwards in such a crucial role. She was totally miscast as McDowell's sister. She worked much better in Edwards "S.O.B". and "That's Life" and even more in a film not directed by her dad, called "The Perfect Match".

The main reason to watch this film is that it's fun and it's fun watching two legends getting together, I mean both Garner and Willis as well as the real men they portray, Erup and Mix, and remember like the film says, "it's all true give or take a lie or two.

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