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The Sunset Limited (2011)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 12 February 2011
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Through a chance encounter, two men of opposing ideologies deliberate spiritual, philosophical, and profound matters in a New York City apartment.


Tommy Lee Jones


Cormac McCarthy, Cormac McCarthy (play)
2,786 ( 245)
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Black
Tommy Lee Jones ... White


Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs in this play by Cormac McCarthey. The black guy, a former convict who believes in God, just saved the white atheist professor from jumping in front of the express train. He won't let the depressed man leave, without following him, and feel he's in this situation for a reason, decided by God. An intense chamber play about belief or unbelief, and a conversation about what's true and important in life, or not. Written by OJT

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nothing is ever black or white.




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Release Date:

12 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sunset Limited See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In terms of IMDb profile identification numbers, Tommy Lee Jones (169) comes right after Samuel L. Jackson (168). See more »


Black (Samuel L. Jackson) sits down in the middle of the couch and puts his arms across the back. In the next shot, he's a little more to one side with one arm resting on the side of the couch. In a shot after that, he's back sitting in the middle of the couch. 1:13-1:14 See more »


[first lines]
Black: So what am I supposed to do with you, Professor?
White: Why are you supposed to do anything?
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Wants to Be in Heaven When the First Trumpet Sounds
Arranged by Lillie Knox and Alan Lomax
Performed by Lillie Knox
Courtesy of Rounder Records & The Alan Lomax Archive
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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A shining example of story telling
21 February 2011 | by charlie_alejandroSee all my reviews

This movie with Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones transcends us back to a time when movies relied on the deepness of story lines and not on special effects or loud soundtracks. This movie takes us to the extreme test of our faith, in what we believe about the seen and unseen. It also reminds us that at times we are so busy trying to save others we forget to save ourselves, and sometimes almost become lost in the process. The acting talent of Mr. Jones and Mr. Jackson makes for a powerful movie and leaves us evaluating what we ourselves believe. Tommy Lee Jones' directing style makes you feel as if you are a third person in the room being an observer to the debate that transpired between both characters. If you need to be amused by bells and whistles, this is not the film for you, but if you enjoy film making at its purest form, with deep plot lines and dialogue this movie is a must see as these characters will haunt you long after the lights come back on.

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