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Sunset (1988)

Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Rod Amateau (story), Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Tom Mix
James Garner ... Wyatt Earp
Malcolm McDowell ... Alfie Alperin
Mariel Hemingway ... Cheryl King
Kathleen Quinlan ... Nancy Shoemaker
Jennifer Edwards Jennifer Edwards ... Victoria Alperin
Patricia Hodge ... Christina Alperin
Richard Bradford ... Captain Blackworth
M. Emmet Walsh ... Chief Marvin Dibner
Joe Dallesandro ... Dutch Kieffer
Andreas Katsulas ... Arthur
Dann Florek ... Marty Goldberg
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Hal Flynn
Michael C. Gwynne ... Mooch
Dermot Mulroney ... Michael Alperin
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Storyline

Whilst making a silent film about the life of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, veteran actor 'Tom Mix' (Bruce Willis) discovers that the real Earp ('James Garner') is on the film set as a technical advisor. The two become friends, but when a murder takes place, the two become partners and set about tracking down the killer. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

They broke every rule, loved every woman, took every risk and solved the most shocking murder in the history of Beverly Hills. And it's all true. Give or take a lie or two.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catalina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,594,452
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second of two movies that James Garner made with Blake Edwards. The first was Victor Victoria (1982). See more »

Goofs

When Wyatt and Tom land the plane in the grassy field, the tires screech as if they were landing on a paved runway. See more »

Quotes

Wyatt Earp: How come you told Cheryl where I'm staying?
Tom Mix: Because she asked. And I figured if she asked you, you'd tell her.
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Crazy Credits

The final frame of the picture freezes, and the following text appears: "And this is how it really happened. Give or take a lie or two." See more »

Connections

References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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A very fun, beautifully filmed diversion
17 October 2012 | by jbollhoeferSee all my reviews

I can't believe I had never heard of this movie before I decided to record it. I was expecting standard Blake Edwards fare, which for me means mostly enjoyable, usually ranking about a 7 of 10, but instead was treated to an engaging cinematic odyssey. This movie has everything, it is a western, it is a romance, it is adventure, it is a crime drama, it even has horses, car chases, and a biplane, not to mention the stunning art deco scenery. And western scenery. Add in the fabulous shots of Mix's Duesenbergs, and what's not to love.

Malcolm McDowell is sublime as the villain, James Garner is charming as the sidekick, and Bruce Willis is truly at his best, here in an unusual role not playing Bruce Willis.

Not a great film by Academy standards, but an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours. Beautiful, silly, intriguing...all in one movie. Splendid, eh?


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