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The Last Sunset (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 8 June 1961 (USA)
At a Mexican ranch, fugitive O'Malley and pursuing Sheriff Stribling agree to help rancher Breckenridge drive his herd into Texas where Stribling could legally arrest O'Malley, but Breckenridge's wife complicates things.


Robert Aldrich


Howard Rigsby (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Dana Stribling
Kirk Douglas ... Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley
Dorothy Malone ... Belle Breckenridge
Joseph Cotten ... John Breckenridge
Carol Lynley ... Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge
Neville Brand ... Frank Hobbs
Regis Toomey ... Milton Wing
James Westmoreland ... Julesburg Kid (as Rad Fulton)
Adam Williams ... Calverton
Jack Elam ... Ed Hobbs
John Shay John Shay ... Bowman


Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle and O'Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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When giants clash, a woman trembles!


Drama | Romance | Western


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Did You Know?


Lauren Bacall was offered the role of Belle Breckinridge, but found the subject matter to be rather offensive. See more »


This film takes place from Mexico to Texas. There are Joshua trees in the film and Joshua trees are indigenous to the Mohave Desert region of California, Arizona and Nevada only. There are none in Texas. See more »


Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge: Do you like God?
Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley: Of course, but I don't know him, really. Do you?
Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge: Part of him. Someday, I'm going to know all of him.
Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley: Oh, not all of him, Missy, that would be too much for anyone to know. That would blind you. Just learning to know rocks and trees, stars and sun, like they're all part of God, too.
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Referenced in Max, der Taschendieb (1962) See more »


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Ostensibly a western soap opera--though much more provocative
31 March 2002 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Terrific western-drama from director Robert Aldrich has sheriff Rock Hudson tracking lawless Kirk Douglas to a rancher's homestead; they soon find themselves agreeing to take part in a grueling cattle-drive, and to work out their differences along the way. Breathtakingly photographed adventure has three-dimensional characters, good writing by Dalton Trumbo and solid acting (particularly by Douglas and fresh-faced Carol Lynley, well-cast as a youngster with a crush on Kirk). The melodrama gets a little thick at times, though odd flickers of humor quickly intercede whenever things start to get too mawkish. *** from ****

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sundown at Crazy Horse See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brynaprod S.A. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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