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The Sunset Limited (2011)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 12 February 2011
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Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs.

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Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs in this play by Cormac McCarthey. The black guy, a former convict who believes in God, just saved the white agnostic professor from jumping in front of the express train. He won't let the depressed man leave, without following him, and feel he's in this situation for a reason, decided by God. An intense chamber play about belief or unbelief, and a conversation about what's true and important in life, or not. Written by OJT

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Nothing is ever black or white.

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In terms of IMDb profile identification numbers, Tommy Lee Jones (169) comes right after Samuel L. Jackson (168). See more »

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Black (Samuel L. Jackson) sits down in the middle of the couch and puts his arms across the back. In the next shot, he's a little more to one side with one arm resting on the side of the couch. In a shot after that, he's back sitting in the middle of the couch. 1:13-1:14 See more »

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Black: So what am I supposed to do with you, Professor?
White: Why are you supposed to do anything?
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Wants to Be in Heaven When the First Trumpet Sounds
Arranged by Lillie Knox and Alan Lomax
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Courtesy of Rounder Records & The Alan Lomax Archive
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Wow!!!
13 February 2011 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

I've never felt so compelled to write in on how I feel about a movie until I had experienced "The Sunset Limited" last night on HBO.

I was really moved. I actually burst into tears at one point.

Two men having a philosophical debate about life and death and the idea that knowledge is a burden, and the more we know, the more miserable we become is one point of debate in this powerful film. Some of the best writing and acting I've seen, anywhere.

Multiple viewings may be required for most to fully absorb the impact. A real punch in the gut.

I actually felt like dusting off my old Bible and thumbing through it for a while when the movie ended.

I don't know what else to say about this movie except that if you have not seen it yet, you MUST. It makes so much sense and it is a real eye opener.

McCarthy is genius. I love all is work and this is just an absolute masterpiece of writing.

Tommy Lee Jones and my man Sammy L. are absolutely mesmerizing. I have not seen acting this good in a long time.

There is so much I want to tell you about this film, but words just cannot do it justice.

I loved every second of this film, and I hope you do to.

P.S.- I NEVER give a movie 10 stars because I like to reserve that honor for something that is truly special. This is truly special.


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