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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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Cast

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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)
Eric Thiele ...
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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2 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traición al amanecer  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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$41,292,551 (USA)
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Trivia

Robert Towne wanted Dale McKussic to go up in smoke at the end of the film, but one of the conditions Warner Brothers set, was that he must live. "Gibson's character was supposed to be a moth in the flame," said Towne. "The real high for him was never doing the drugs, but the danger of dealing the drugs." 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 »

Quotes

Nick Frescia: How's our friend?
Woody, Harbor Patrol Officer: Fine.
Nick Frescia: Fine?
Woody, Harbor Patrol Officer: Aside from a concussion, powder burns, and being generally pissed off, yeah.
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Connections

References Chinatown (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Recurring Dream
Performed by Crowded House
Written by Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Paul Hester & Craig Hooper
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An overlooked goody
2 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this movie is overlooked as a great one. Great actors/actress and fantastic plot. It's one of my most favorite. The first three times I watched it I got new things out of it each time, so watch closely.

Drug dealer gone straight, but no one believes him. His old friend from school is a cop now and he really doesn't believe him. Then there's the romance part with Michelle Pfiffer and she's so elegant in her part; like one of the great actresses of old. Then there's the drug and drug money problem that surfaces and the FBI get involved. It is quite involved and very interesting. Can't tell though, you must watch, you won't regret it. Watch it more than once.


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