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Tequila Sunrise (1988)

Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia is now a cop who is assigned to investigate and bring him to justice. Mac is very ... See full summary »

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Carlos / Escalante
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Maguire
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Lindroff
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Andy Leonard
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Cody McKussic
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Arturo (as Garret Pearson)
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Vittorio
Tom Nolan ...
Leland
Dawn Martel ...
Sin Sister
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Sin Sister #2 (as Lala)
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Judge Nizetitch
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Shaleen
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Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia is now a cop who is assigned to investigate and bring him to justice. Mac is very attracted to Jo Ann, the owner of a stylish restaurant. Nick gets close to Jo Ann attempting to know more about Mac's drug dealing plans and his connections with the Mexican dealer Carlos, who the police believe is coming to town to meet with him. Nick also falls for Jo Ann's charms and his friendship with Mac is in danger. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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A business on the line. A friendship on the edge. A woman caught in the middle. [Video] See more »


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2 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Traición al amanecer  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,292,551 (USA)
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The interiors of the Valenari's restaurant was actually a set designed and built by Richard Sylbert on a soundstage. See more »

Goofs

When Pfeiffer is at the police station getting her chef released, Russell pulls up and parks directly in front of her car. When they leave the station, his car isn't there and Pfeiffer is able to drive away unobstructed. See more »

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Nick Frescia: You don't lose sight of the facts. Not unless you're nuts. You just... You lose sight of your feelings. Mac knows how he feels: he's crazy about you and he doesn't want to get caught. For a crook it's crystal clear. On the other hand for a cop it's confusing. Mac's my friend and I like him. Maguire's my associate and I hate him. I probably have to bust my friend if I'm going to do my job. But I *hate* drug dealers and somebody's got to get rid of Carlos. How do I do that?
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Referenced in The Golden Girls: Love Me Tender (1989) See more »

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Las Mañanitas
Traditional Mexicam song
Performed by El Mariachi Vargas
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Interesting plot setup and although dated, very enjoyable
24 December 2004 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I remember this movie for one real thing, the soundtrack. I bought it on vinyl and played a few songs until they were scratched, the fabulous "Do you believe in shame" by Duran Duran was one of my favourites and remains so to this day.

I like this film, I really do. Okay so it now looks dated, but the rest of the film is extremely good. Mel Gibson plays a big time Drug Dealer now trying to go straight but seemingly lined up for one final big deal, or so the Police think, and his old school friend who is now the Chief of Police in the same city, Kurt Russell. Russell rocks, he really does, and they play off each other so perfectly. Michelle Pfieffer is the female caught between them who falls for one, and then the other, each playing the reverse of what you think their character may be and each, in their own way, using her to gain information on the other. That plot device alone makes the movie work for me and I love watching the dynamics between all three characters.

Although a couple of plot turns need a little twist of the imagination, it's still very well written and carried through to the screen with these actors giving good performances to take it there. I still have a soft spot for this movie.


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