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The Sunset Limited -- A black ex-con and a suicidal white professor share a philosophical debate within the confines of a New York tenement apartment in this drama starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
The Sunset Limited -- Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men – a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L. Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones) who tried to throw himself in front of an oncoming subway train, The Sunset Limited.

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Cormac McCarthy (written by)
Cormac McCarthy (play)
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Release Date:
12 February 2011 (USA) See more »
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Nothing is ever black or white.
Plot:
Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 nominations See more »
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Like Kubrick's 2001, this is a movie about content and... containers. See more (80 total) »

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Directed by
Tommy Lee Jones 
 
Writing credits
Cormac McCarthy (written by)

Cormac McCarthy (play)

Produced by
Barbara A. Hall .... producer
Tommy Lee Jones .... executive producer
Wesley A. Oliver .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Elliott 
 
Film Editing by
Larry Madaras (co-editor)
Roberto Silvi 
 
Production Design by
Merideth Boswell 
 
Set Decoration by
Wendy Ozols-Barnes 
 
Costume Design by
Lyn Paolo (designer for Samuel L. Jackson)
 
Makeup Department
Adam Brandy .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Barbara A. Hall .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen P. Dunn .... first assistant director
Katie Pruitt .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
RA Arancio-Parrain .... Leadman
Marisa Frantz .... set designer
Linda R. Gore .... set dresser
Virginia Hopkins .... lead painter
Sarah Robinson .... on-set painter
Keith Walters .... property master
Christopher Windisch .... construction coordinator
Colin Zaug .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
David Bach .... sound re-recording mixer
David Bach .... supervising sound editor
Phil Barrie .... sound effects editor
Thadd Day .... boom operator
Skip Lievsay .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Purcell .... dubbing recordist
Edwardo Santiago .... boom operator
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Margaret Johnson .... special effects foreman
Randy E. Moore .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Dillon .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Gregory Oehler .... visual effects supervisor (as Greg Oehler)
Mitch Paulson .... digital colorist: EFilm
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Ball .... key grip
Adam Barth .... key video assist
Chip Byrd .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
David A. Canning .... digital imaging technician
Dan Delgado .... gaffer
Harland Espeset .... a camera: dolly grip
Ryan Eustis .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ian Hanna .... b dolly grip
Dawn Jones .... stills photographer
Kurt Kornemann .... best boy grip
Charles C. Lee .... set lighting
Lynn Lockwood .... camera operator: "b" camera
Dave Midthunder .... rigging grip
Charlie Newberry .... second assistant camera
Christopher Norris .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Brooks Robinson .... steadicam operator
John Stearns .... best boy electric
Mark Steinig .... key rigging grip
George Stephenson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Dwayne Willis .... lighting technician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Debra Chapman .... seamstress (as Debra Fraedo Chapman)
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Emily Fenster .... post-production coordinator
Justin Geoffroy .... assistant editor
Marc Lulkin .... digital color assist
Mitch Paulson .... digital intermediate colorist
Christian Prejza .... digital intermediate producer (as Chris Prejza)
 
Music Department
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Mark Graham .... music preparation
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor (as Evyen J. Klean)
John Kurlander .... music recording mixer: orchestral
John Kurlander .... music recordist: strings
Janet Lopez .... music coordinator
Peter Rotter .... musician contractor
Buck Sanders .... score co-producer
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
 
Transportation Department
Charley Bob Burnham .... driver
Brian Kay .... transportation captain
Michael B. Russell .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Paula Amanda .... stage manager
Kaylee Carson .... set intern
Brother Eden Douglas .... stand in: Samuel L. Jackson
Windy Earls .... assistant production coordinator
Ami Francis .... production accountant
Joshua Fritel .... key set production assistant
Alina Gatti .... set production assistant
Joel Ides .... title designer
A.G. Johnson-Wagner .... payroll accountant (as Andrew Grey Johnson)
Karen Jones .... assistant: Mr. Jones
Richard Andrew Jones .... assistant: Mr. Jones (as Richard Jones)
Frans Laimbock .... office production assistant
Volney McFarlin .... assistant: Mr. Jackson (as Volney Edward McFarlin III)
Kerry Newberry .... first assistant accountant (as Kerry Yancheski)
Sara Scarritt .... production coordinator
Quinn Tivey .... assistant: Ms. Hall
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Lisa Vanallen .... craft service
Jeff J. Williams .... security: Mr. Jones, Los Angeles
 

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91 min
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Trivia:
In terms of IMDb profile identification numbers, Tommy Lee Jones (169) comes right after Samuel L. Jackson (168).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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. 1:13-1:14See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Black:So what am I supposed to do with you, Professor?
White:Why are you supposed to do anything?
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Soundtrack:
We Don't CareSee more »

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60 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Like Kubrick's 2001, this is a movie about content and... containers., 25 February 2011

What a powerful and emerging film that depicts the two opposing sides of this universe. I was really surprised by the quality of this "little" film. This isn't a movie about two people talking in a room about random stuff. This isn't a film about two life-travelers that engage in an ongoing argument about the human condition. This is a film about the quality of life. Not the meaning of it but the quality. The details in it's design. The true valor's clockwork.

The duality of belief, as a general term, is analyzed completely in this great approach of the Cormac McCarthy novel in which the two main protagonists, "named" simply Black (Samuel L. Jackson) and White (Tommy Lee Jones) are debating over a serious and dangerous issue. "White tried to jump in front of a train and Black came and saved his ass. He carries him in his apartment and tries to put some sense into this White dude." Right? Not really. "The movie also promotes religion and is an ongoing boredom that I completely despise." RIght? Not really again. This has a greater meaning than just that. We live in a world filled with pathetic lies, corny truths, raised flags over white buildings and big letters over or on the dark ones. We live in a world where prostitution is legalized even in the cultural state of the society. We live in a world where rejection, where pain, where slavery and failure are common attraction to the atrocious tourists. We are hoping to free the world from the hands of the manipulators and selfish dictators, we organize revolutions, we fight for freedom but in the end we all get trapped in the same positions as we were before. This is what this movie is about. It's about the ongoing fight carried to win our faith back. Faith, science, culture, logic, mathematics, metaphors, feelings, achievements... They are all the same. They are contents, ingredients and thoughts that the humankind must have in order to survive the greatest threat of them all. The threat which is not the monetary system, the threat which is not the harsh reality, the threat which is not the solely figurative place of the man in the world, but the threat that is represented in the lack of faith in ourselves. We are our own guides because we rule this world. This is why this movie has captured my attention completely. It's not a masterpiece, it's not a grand scale picture, it's not a studio banking option, it's not even part of the best films in the last years but... at the same time... it's simply great. I loved it because it really balances amazingly well the truth revealed along the film with the denouement. They are identical as both form and content.

I also liked the little details like the black coffee, the text erased at the bottom of the Bible, the absence of TV and radio, the lockers on the door and not to mention the biggest detail of them all... the room. Just think about the room vs. everything else. Order vs. Chaos. Even in a messy world we could find order...

Going further to the execution, the story is well structured, the dialogues are haunting, the clichés are gone because even if you find them they tend to leap by the end of the film, the acting is impeccable and the technical aspect of the movie was a comfortable surprise. It's exactly what the film needed. I can't talk too much about this film because I don't want to enter into the details... I just hope people could see what a good movie this really is. I'm pretty sure few movies captured my attention as this one did. Like Kubrick's 2001, this is a movie about content and... containers.

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