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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.

Director:

Robert Towne

Writer:

Robert Towne

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... McKussic
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Jo Ann
Kurt Russell ... Frescia
Raul Julia ... Carlos / Escalante
J.T. Walsh ... Maguire
Arliss Howard ... Lindroff
Arye Gross ... Andy Leonard
Gabriel Damon ... Cody McKussic
Daniel Zacapa ... Arturo (as Garret Pearson)
Eric Thiele Eric Thiele ... Vittorio
Tom Nolan Tom Nolan ... Leland
Dawn Martel Dawn Martel ... Sin Sister
Lala Sloatman ... Sin Sister #2 (as Lala)
Budd Boetticher ... Judge Nizetitch
Ann Magnuson ... 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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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

TraiciĆ³n al amanecer See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene on the beach of Cody's surf competition, Michelle Pfeiffer watched Mel Gibson run into the surf. She covers the shade right side of her face, not the left sun side. 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

Nick Frescia: Generally I recommend my men stay away from vodka, and stick with scotch and bourbon.
Jo Ann: Why is that?
Nick Frescia: So the brass will know they're drunk and not stupid.
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Soundtracks

Surrender to Me (Love Theme from 'Tequila Sunrise')
Performed by Ann Wilson and Robin Zander
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Interesting plot setup and although dated, very enjoyable
24 December 2004 | by Rich BSee all my reviews

I remember this movie for one real thing, the soundtrack. I bought it on vinyl and played a few songs until they were scratched, the fabulous "Do you believe in shame" by Duran Duran was one of my favourites and remains so to this day.

I like this film, I really do. Okay so it now looks dated, but the rest of the film is extremely good. Mel Gibson plays a big time Drug Dealer now trying to go straight but seemingly lined up for one final big deal, or so the Police think, and his old school friend who is now the Chief of Police in the same city, Kurt Russell. Russell rocks, he really does, and they play off each other so perfectly. Michelle Pfieffer is the female caught between them who falls for one, and then the other, each playing the reverse of what you think their character may be and each, in their own way, using her to gain information on the other. That plot device alone makes the movie work for me and I love watching the dynamics between all three characters.

Although a couple of plot turns need a little twist of the imagination, it's still very well written and carried through to the screen with these actors giving good performances to take it there. I still have a soft spot for this movie.


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