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Sunset Boulevard ()

Sunset Blvd. (original title)
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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

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Joe Gillis
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Norma Desmond
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Max Von Mayerling
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Betty Schaefer
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Sheldrake
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Morino
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Artie Green
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Undertaker
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1st Finance Man (as Larry Blake)
Charles Dayton ...
2nd Finance Man
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Cecil B. DeMille
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Hedda Hopper
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Buster Keaton
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Anna Q. Nilsson
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H. B. Warner
Ray Evans ...
Ray Evans
Jay Livingston ...
Jay Livingston
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Cop Who Drags Joe's Body from Pool (uncredited)
Joel Allen ...
Prop Man #2 (uncredited)
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Courtier (uncredited)
Anne Bauchens ...
Editor (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Accordionist (uncredited)
Ken Christy ...
Homicide Captain (uncredited)
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Sheldrake's Secretary (uncredited)
John Cortay ...
Mac - Young Gate Guard at Paramount Studios (uncredited)
Archie R. Dalzell ...
Camera Operator (uncredited)
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Assistant Coroner (uncredited)
Peter Drynan ...
Tailor (uncredited)
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Hisham (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ...
Phone Standby (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer ...
Connie - Betty's Roommate (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Detective (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sanford E. Greenwald ...
Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
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Creighton Hale (uncredited)
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Grip on DeMille Set (uncredited)
James Hawley ...
Camera Assistant (uncredited)
Len Hendry ...
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ...
First Assistant Director (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ...
Little Woman outside Paramount Gate (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ...
Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Arthur Lane ...
Camera Operator (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Violinist at Norma's New Year's Eve Party (uncredited)
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Reportor (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Hairdresser (uncredited)
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Man on Golf Course (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ...
Hog-eye - Electrician (uncredited)
Lee Miller ...
Dancing Party Guest / Paramount Studio Employee (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Prop Man #1 (uncredited)
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Gordon Cole (uncredited)
Jay Morley ...
Fat Man (uncredited)
Bernice Mosk ...
Bernice (uncredited)
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Police Captain (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Courtier (uncredited)
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Courtier (uncredited)
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Jonesy - Older Paramount Gate Guard (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Virginia L. Randolph ...
Courtier (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ...
Second Assistant Director (uncredited)
Sidney Skolsky ...
Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ...
Black Man (uncredited)
Roy Thompson ...
Rudy - Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
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Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)
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Giggling Girl on Phone at Party (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman ...
Camera Assistant (uncredited)
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Actor on DeMille's 'Samson & Delilah' Set (uncredited)

Directed by

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Billy Wilder

Written by

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Charles Brackett ... (written by) &
Billy Wilder ... (written by) &
D.M. Marshman Jr. ... (written by)

Produced by

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Charles Brackett ... producer

Music by

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Franz Waxman

Cinematography by

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John F. Seitz ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Arthur P. Schmidt ... (as Arthur Schmidt)

Editorial Department

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Doane Harrison ... editorial supervisor
Frank Bracht ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Hans Dreier
John Meehan

Set Decoration by

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Sam Comer
Ray Moyer

Costume Design by

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Edith Head

Makeup Department

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Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Nellie Manley ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Karl Silvera ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Frank Thayer ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vera Tomei ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Hugh Brown ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Gerd Oswald ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Steve Beers ... head carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Colconda ... props assistant (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Plews ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Cope ... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Otto Pierce ... camera operator (uncredited)
Glen E. Richardson ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Walter Tayler ... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred True ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ed Fitzharris ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Lupe Hall ... script clerk (uncredited)
Ronnie Lubin ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Norris Stensland ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In Hollywood of the 50's, the obscure screenplay writer Joe Gillis is not able to sell his work to the studios, is full of debts and is thinking in returning to his hometown to work in an office. While trying to escape from his creditors, he has a flat tire and parks his car in a decadent mansion in Sunset Boulevard. He meets the owner and former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone with her butler and driver Max Von Mayerling. Norma is demented and believes she will return to the cinema industry, and is protected and isolated from the world by Max, who was her director and husband in the past and still loves her. Norma proposes Joe to move to the mansion and help her in writing a screenplay for her comeback to the cinema, and the small-time writer becomes her lover and gigolo. When Joe falls in love for the young aspirant writer Betty Schaefer, Norma becomes jealous and completely insane and her madness leads to a tragic end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Sunset Boulevard (United States, English title)
  • A Can of Beans (United States)
  • Sunset Boulevard (World-wide, English title)
  • Sunset Boulevard (Canada, English title)
  • Boulevard du Crépuscule (France)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,752,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,303,175

Did You Know?

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Trivia As a practical joke, during the scene where William Holden and Nancy Olson kiss for the first time, Billy Wilder let them carry on for minutes without yelling cut (he'd already gotten the shot he needed on the first take). Eventually it wasn't Wilder who shouted "Cut!" but Holden's wife, Ardis (actress Brenda Marshall), who happened to be on set that day. See more »
Goofs As the policemen run towards the pool, you can see the dead man's head lift up out of the water. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fatale beauté (1994). See more »
Soundtracks The Paramount-Don't-Want-Me Blues See more »
Crazy Credits The Paramount logo appears as a transparency over the opening shot. The words "Sunset Blvd." are shown stenciled on the curb of that street. See more »
Quotes Joe Gillis: Wait a minute, haven't I seen you before? I know your face.
Norma Desmond: Get out! Or, shall I call my servant?
Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.
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