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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... 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 »

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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:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,031,678, 1 May 1988

Gross USA:

$4,594,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Second of two movies that actor Bruce Willis made with director Blake Edwards. The first was Blind Date (1987). See more »

Goofs

Wyatt Earp arrives in Los Angeles by train. Earp lived in Los Angeles starting around 1910. See more »

Quotes

Wyatt Earp: It's all true, give or take a lie or two.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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An Underappreciated Gem
15 May 2003 | by gws-2See all my reviews

"Sunset" is the blackest of black comedies. I was surprised to learn from watching it on TV last night what a really fun movie it is, given the uniformly bad reviews it received. Pay no attention to the critics, this is good stuff. Bruce Willis, as Tom Mix, and James Garner, as Wyatt Earp, have never been better at their laid-back charm-boy schtick. The plot, while complex and often violent, is not to be taken seriously -- or better still, not to be thought about at all. In this connection, just remember what the movie itself tells you, "It's all true, give or take a lie or two." In addition to Willis's and Garner's stellar performances, Kathleen Quinlan, as Mix's long suffering girl friend, is a hoot. The mood of time and place -- 1929 Hollywood -- is perfectly captured: interesting costumes, great looking vintage cars, the last gasp of the Jazz Age just before the Depression. Highly recommended, 7 out of 10.


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