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Tequila Sunrise (1988)

A former L.A. drug dealer tries to go straight but his past and his underworld connections bring him into the focus of the DEA, the Mexican feds and the Mexican drug cartels.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... McKussic
... Jo Ann
... Frescia
... Carlos / Escalante
... Maguire
... Lindroff
... Andy Leonard
... Cody McKussic
... Arturo (as Garret Pearson)
Eric Thiele ... Vittorio
Tom Nolan ... Leland
Dawn Martel ... Sin Sister
... Sin Sister #2 (as Lala)
... Judge Nizetitch
... Shaleen
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Storyline

Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia is now a cop who is assigned to investigate and bring him to justice. Mac is very attracted to Jo Ann, the owner of a stylish restaurant. Nick gets close to Jo Ann attempting to know more about Mac's drug dealing plans and his connections with the Mexican dealer Carlos, who the police believe is coming to town to meet with him. Nick also falls for Jo Ann's charms and his friendship with Mac is in danger. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Un cocktail explosif [French] See more »


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Release Date:

2 December 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traición al amanecer  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,350,974, 4 December 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,292,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,932,000, 31 December 1989
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before shooting began, according to Producer Thom Mount, Warner Brothers pulled out of the film, because of issues with the screenplay, citing that the good guy was an ex-drug dealer, and the cops and feds are the bad guys. See more »

Goofs

When Pfeiffer is at the police station getting her chef released, Russell pulls up and parks directly in front of her car. When they leave the station, his car isn't there and Pfeiffer is able to drive away unobstructed. See more »

Quotes

Jo Ann: You're never going to believe what just happened.
Arturo: If it's bad news, Joanna, I generally believe it.
Jo Ann: I went to return Mr. McKussic's money...
Arturo: You gave back my tip. I don't believe it.
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Connections

Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Beyond the Sea
(La Mer)
Music by Charles Trenet
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Bobby Darin
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A really good film with an excellent twist.
29 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film is all about what was great about the 80's, it has it's own style and all three main actors obviously enjoy there roles. I admit it's not one for challenging your intellect, but it is fun, honest and above all well acted. Great scenery, great story.


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