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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.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Howard Rigsby (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

When giants clash, a woman trembles!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

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 »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brynaprod S.A. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout filming, this movie was known by the working title "Day of the Gun", and the title was changed very late in post-production. Director Robert Aldrich later called the filming "an extremely unpleasant experience", and claimed that the script needed more work, but added that he thought Communist Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was "two thousand percent right" to involve himself in other projects at the expense of this one, as he was just coming off the blacklist after more than ten years, and needed to re-assert himself in the Hollywood community. See more »

Goofs

The final gunfight is supposed to take place near sunset, but the shadows indicate an actual time of near noon. See more »

Quotes

Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley: Find yourself a nice, big boulder with the waves breaking against it. Look ddep. Dream of seahorses and they'll come. Not many people know of it; not many people care, but the sea is a place where the seamen shoe the hooves of the wild sea mare. Not many men have seen it or caught the faintest gleam of the ice green cave in the deep green sea in the heart of the cold sea stream, but the sea mare hides her young sea colt wrapped in a shy sea dream. But probably all the people know and can ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Spider's Stratagem (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Little Girl In The Yellow Dress
Music - Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyric - Ned Washington
Performed by Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
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Kirk Rocks
31 March 2007 | by jcohen1See all my reviews

As always an incredible performance by Kirk Douglas as an outlaw/ drifter on a quest to meet his great love. He's being chased by a Texas lawman played by Rock Hudson. Despite the venue, horses, cattle drive and Mexicans this isn't really a western IMHO. It's a love story draped with western gear. Jack Elam & Neville Brand are essentially wasted. Joseph Cotten as the husband of Douglas' lost love is a sympathetic drunk who gets the kind of back draw justice you might in a Mexican bar. Carol Lynley is beautiful as Dorothy Malone's daughter and Kirk's replacement love interest. The tale feels like it has Biblical elements to it on it's most important level. Ultimately it's worth watching for Kirk's performance whether angry, charming or in love. The crime of which he is accused is clearly just a plot device to get everybody together. I just kept wondering how hot it must be dressed in black in Mexico on a cattle drive?


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