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Sunburn (1979)

After a rich old man dies in a suspicious car accident in Acapulco, his widow wants his insurance company to pony up five million dollars. A hotshot investigator Decker (Charles Grodin) and a charming model (Farrah Fawcett) come in to check it out.

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James Booth (screenplay), John Daly (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farrah Fawcett ... Ellie (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
Charles Grodin ... Jake
Art Carney ... Marcus
Joan Collins ... Nera
William Daniels ... Crawford
John Hillerman ... Webb
Eleanor Parker ... Mrs. Thoren
Keenan Wynn ... Mark Elmes
Robin Clarke Robin Clarke ... Karl
Joan Goodfellow Joan Goodfellow ... Joanna
Jack Kruschen ... Gela
Alejandro Rey ... Fons
Jorge Luke ... Vasquez
Seymour Cassel ... Dobbs
Joanna Rush Joanna Rush ... Mamie (as Joanna Lehmann)
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After a rich old man dies in a suspicious car accident in Acapulco, his widow wants his insurance company to pony up five million dollars. A hotshot investigator Decker (Charles Grodin) and a charming model (Farrah Fawcett) come in to check it out.

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An enthralling & action-packed comedy-thriller, full of blistering excitement. {UK Video} See more »

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Comedy | Action | Crime

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PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

10 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heiße Hölle Acapulco See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,410,776, 31 December 1979
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released nine years after its source Stanley Ellin novel "The Bind" was published. See more »

Connections

References A Fistful of Dollars (1964) See more »

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I'm Mandy, Fly Me
Written by Graham Gouldman, Kevin Godley & Eric Stewart
Performed by 10CC
Courtesy of Phonogram
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Murder, Mexico, Disco on the soundtrack, Farrah in a wet-suit...
2 February 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Based on Stanley Ellin's not-bad mystery novel "The Bind", "Sunburn" became Farrah Fawcett's second attempt to resurrect her TV golden-touch at the movies (it drove her back to television after one more try, the sci-fi bomb "Saturn 3"). It has amusing fashions and disco music, a pleasant ambiance at the outset, lots of sand and sunshine, but a script that becomes murky early on. There are too many sub-plots and incidental characters here (such as Joan Collins in an indescribable bit). The central relationship between insurance investigator Charles Grodin and model Fawcett (posing as his wife) is curious but unsatisfying, and Art Carney has very little to do as a gumshoe. Not a disaster by any means, and '70s aficionados will soak up the clichés, but it's easy to see why "Sunburn" never attained much of a following: it's a commercial for Acapulco--not a movie. *1/2 from ****


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