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Tequila Sunrise ()


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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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McKussic
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Jo Ann
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Frescia
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Carlos / Escalante
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Maguire
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Lindroff
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Andy Leonard
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Cody McKussic
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Arturo (as Garret Pearson)
Eric Thiele ...
Vittorio
Tom Nolan ...
Leland
Dawn Martel ...
Sin Sister
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Sin Sister #2 (as Lala)
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Judge Nizetitch
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Shaleen
Kenny Moore ...
Woody (as Kenneth C. Moore)
Jason Randal ...
Magician
Bob Swain ...
Ralph Spudder
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Cop
Eric Waterhouse ...
Steve
Geno Silva ...
Mexican Cop
Daniel Ades ...
Pepe (as Daniel Addes)
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Carlos' Man #1
Tomás Goros ...
Carlos' Man #2
Austin Hawk ...
Lifeguard #1
Scott Harms ...
Lifeguard #2
Sarah Davis ...
Girl in Restaurant
John D. Steele ...
Man at Party
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Man in Party
Oscar Abadia ...
Himself - KLVE
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Himself - KMPC
Tom Schnabel ...
Himself - KCRW
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Bar Maid (uncredited)
Troy Flynn ...
Lifeguard (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ...
Woman in the Restaurant (uncredited)
Sharmagne Leland-St. John ...
Woman in Phone Booth (uncredited)
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Barbara (uncredited)
Daisy Alexandra Sylbert-Torres ...
Child in Phone Booth (uncredited)
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Boy #3 at Party (uncredited)
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Columbian Cocaine Cowboy (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Towne

Written by

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Robert Towne ... (written by)

Produced by

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Thom Mount ... producer
Tom Shaw ... executive producer

Music by

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Dave Grusin

Cinematography by

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Conrad L. Hall ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Claire Simpson

Editorial Department

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Melissa Bretherton ... assistant film editor (as Mellissa Bretherton)
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Phil Hetos ... color timer
Cynthia E. Thornton ... apprentice film editor

Casting By

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Bonnie Timmermann

Production Design by

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Richard Sylbert

Art Direction by

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Peter Landsdown Smith

Set Decoration by

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Rick Simpson

Costume Design by

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Julie Weiss

Makeup Department

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Dorothy J. Pearl ... makeup artist
Toni-Ann Walker ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Jay Cassidy ... post-production supervisor
Tom Shaw ... production manager / unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David C. Anderson ... first assistant director
David S. Cass Sr. ... second unit director (as Dave Cass)
Barbara M. Ravis ... second assistant director
Robert Roda ... second assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro ... first assistant director
James Dillon ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Judy Cammer ... set designer
Ron Frazier ... carpenter
David Goldstein ... lead painter
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator
Roger Irvin ... construction coordinator
Paul Rylander ... assistant property master
Steven Westlund ... property master (as Steven R. Westlund)
Glenn Forbes ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bill Iiams ... general construction foreman (uncredited)
Sharmagne Leland-St. John ... assistant: Richard Sylbert (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bruce Bisenz ... production sound mixer
Mark Boisseau ... assistant sound editor
William C. Carruth ... supervising adr editor
Gordon Davidson ... sound editor
Ellen Heuer ... foley artist
Spike Allison Hooper ... assistant sound editor
James J. Isaacs ... sound editor (as Jim Issacs)
Scott Jacobs ... boom operator
Randall L. Johnson ... boom operator (as Randall Johnson)
Robert J. Litt ... re-recording mixer
Dan O'Connell ... adr mixer
Greg Orloff ... foley mixer
Richard Oswald ... sound editor
Jayme S. Parker ... sound editor (as Jayme Parker)
John Roesch ... foley artist
Kay Rose ... supervising sound editor
Greg P. Russell ... re-recording mixer
Victoria Rose Sampson ... sound editor
Jack Schrader ... foley editor
Solange S. Schwalbe ... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe Boisseau)
James Simcik ... adr editor
Chester Slomka ... sound editor (as Chet Slomka)
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Butch Wolf ... foley editor
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist (uncredited)

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Jeff J. Davis ... special effects technician
Scott Garcia ... special effects technician
Michael Roundy ... special effects technician
Chuck E. Stewart ... special effects foreman (as Chuck Stewart)
Ken Tarallo ... special effects crew
Jerry D. Williams ... special effects
Thomas M. Ficke ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Stunts

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Chance Barber ... stunt player
Gregory J. Barnett ... stunt player (as Greg Barnett)
Bobby Bass ... stunt coordinator
David S. Cass Sr. ... stunt coordinator (as Dave Cass)
Clarke Coleman ... stunt player
Joan Cunningham ... stunt player
James W. Gavin ... stunt player
Tim Gilbert ... stunt player
Andy Gill ... stunt player
Jack Gill ... stunt player
Bill Hart ... stunt player
Freddie Hice ... stunt player (as Fred Hice)
Hubie Kerns Jr. ... stunt player
Richard W. Martin ... stunt player
Chad Randall ... stunt player
Mic Rodgers ... stunt player (as Mic Rogers)
Dick Warlock ... stunt player (as Richard Warlock)
Dick Ziker ... stunt player
Mic Rodgers ... stunt double: Mel Gibson (uncredited)
Dick Warlock ... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jamie Anderson ... camera operator (as James M. Anderson)
François Duhamel ... still photographer
Larry Gilhooly ... chief lighting technician
Conrad W. Hall ... first assistant camera (as Conrad Hall Jr.)
Michael D. Hightower ... second grip (as Michael Hightower)
Danny Jimenez ... dolly grip (as Daniel Jimenez)
Patrick Marshall ... rigging gaffer
Michael P. May ... second assistant camera
Tom May ... key grip (as Thomas P. May)
Lee Nakahara ... camera operator: second unit
Randy Nolen ... steadicam operator
Robert Samuels ... second assistant camera
Robert Seaman ... director of photography: second unit (as Robert E. Seaman)
Monte Swann ... video playback operator
John Toll ... director of photography: second unit
Don Yamasaki ... assistant chief lighting technician (as Donald M. Yamasaki)

Casting Department

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Jeff Block ... casting assistant (as Jeffrey Block)
Suzanne Ryan ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ronald I. Caplan ... costume supervisor (as Ronald Caplan)
Carol Kunz ... costumer
Nancy McArdle ... costumer
Peter V. Saldutti ... costume supervisor

Music Department

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Danny Bramson ... music supervisor
Tim Devine ... soundtrack music producer
James Flamberg ... music editor
Lee Ritenour ... musician: guitar solos
David Sanborn ... musician: saxophone solos
Simon Webb ... musician: keyboards
Laura Perlman ... assistant music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Ronnie Baker ... transportation coordinator
Steve Boyd ... transportation captain
Craig T. Crowell ... transportation
Troy Flynn ... driver
Shane Greedy ... production van driver
Maxwell R. Johnson II ... transportation co-captain
Steve Bonner ... production driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Lawrence J. Banks ... assistant: Mr. Mount
Thomas 'Doc' Boguski ... production aide
Robert C. Campion ... production accountant
Albert Cho ... production aide
Joan Cunningham ... production aide
Bill Dance ... production aide (as William Dance)
Terri Depaolo ... assistant: Mel Gibson (as Terry DePaolo)
Stewart Dixon ... production aide (as Stew Dixon)
Concepta Fennell ... secretary: Mr. Towne
Sam Goldrich ... production controller
Camille Griffin ... assistant accountant
Mary A. Kelly ... script supervisor (as Mary Kelly)
Michael Klastorin ... unit publicist
Sharmagne Leland-St. John ... researcher
Robert Loeser ... production assistant
Dan Perri ... title designer
York Phelps ... production aide
Beth Semans ... production associate
Anne Shaw ... production office coordinator
Eric P. Steckler ... assistant accountant
Edward M. Taylor ... assistant: Mr. Towne (as Edward Taylor)
Jaime Fowler ... electronic press kit editor (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Un cocktail explosif [French] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Conexión Tequila (Spain)
  • Connexió tequila (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Conspiração Tequila (Brazil)
  • Tequila koktejl (Czechoslovakia)
  • Intriga ao Amanhecer (Portugal)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Box Office

Budget $23,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $6,350,974, 04 Dec 1988
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $64,639,449

Did You Know?

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Trivia The hot tub was not built properly or chlorinated. Michelle Pfeiffer, her double, and Mel Gibson got skin rashes and splinters from the wood. Production shut down for a few days, while Pfeiffer recovered from her rash. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels/Tequila Sunrise/Twins/My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988). See more »
Soundtracks Surrender to Me (Love Theme from 'Tequila Sunrise') See more »
Crazy Credits As the end credits roll, the color of the text changes from dark orange (at the bottom of the screen) to yellow (at the top), mirroring the colors of a Tequila Sunrise cocktail. See more »
Quotes Carlos: You son of a bitch! How could you do this? Friendship is the only choice in life you can make that's yours! You can't choose your family, God damn it - I've had to face that! And no man should be judged for whatever direction his dick goes - that's like blaming a compass for pointing north, for Christ's sake! Friendship is all we have! We chose each other. How could you fuck it up? How could you make us look so bad?
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