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Sunset (1988)




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Director Blake Edwards departed from his customary sex farces to direct an unusual satirical Western comedy-thriller. In 1927, legendary lawman Wyatt Earp (James Garner) comes to Hollywood to serve as an advisor to a film studio making a movie about Earp's life. He meets silent screen cowboy star Tom Mix (Bruce Willis). The two stumble upon a murder that has apparently occurred on the set but is linked to a renowned bordello. The aging cowboy and the young actor set off on a series of time-warp misadventures to try to solve the mystery. Along the way, they encounter the shady Alfie Alperin (Malcom McDowell) and the intriguing Cheryl King (Mariel Hemingway). ~ Michael Betzold, Rovimore
Rating: R (sexuality)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rod Amateau, Blake Edwards, Rodney Amateau
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Bruce Willis
as Tom Mix
James Garner
as Wyatt Earp
Patricia Hodge
as Christina Alperin
Richard Bradford
as Capt. Blackworth
M. Emmet Walsh
as Chief Dibner
Joe Dallesandro
as Dutch Kieffer
Dann Florek
as Marty Goldberg
Bill Marcus
as Hal Flynn
Dermot Mulroney
as Michael Alperin
Miranda Garrison
as Spanish Dancer
Dakin Matthews
as William Singer
Vernon Wells
as Australian Houseman
Kenny Call
as Cowboy Fred
Jerry Tullos
as Leo Vogel
Steem Tanney
as Conductor
Peter Jason
as Frank Coe
Richard Fancy
as Academy Speaker
Glenn Shadix
as Roscoe Arbuckle
Jack Garner
as Cowboy Henry
Lisa Alpert
as Michael's Secretary
Sonia Zimmer
as Dibner's Secretary
Jon Van Ness
as Director
P. Randall Bowers
as Assistant Director
Maureen Teefy
as Stagecoach Lady
Arnold Johnson
as Mix Butler
Eric Harrison
as Alperin Butler
Amy Michelson
as Alfie's First Wife
James O'Connell
as Gate Guard
Bing Russell
as Studio Guard
James C. Lewis
as Jail Guard
Rod McCary
as Douglas Fairbanks
John Fountain
as John Gilbert
Irene Olga Lopez
as Asuncion Maria Romer...
Jeris Poindexter
as Cleaning Man
F. William Parker
as Mayor of Pasadena
Grant Heslov
as Car Attendant
Jimmy Lewis
as Jail Guard
Marina Palmier
as Candy Store Girl
Tessa Taylor
as Candy Store Girl
Bill Applegate
as Jail Inmate
Luis Contreras
as Jail Inmate
Charles Noland
as Jail Inmate
Robert Covarrubias
as Jail Inmate
Dolalin Patton
as Girl at Lunch
Paula Kay Perry
as Girl at Lunch
Don Sparks
as Reporter
Melanie Jones
as Reporter
Darrah Meeley
as Reporter
Tom Tarpey
as Reporter
Krista Gray
as Reporter
Katie Morgan
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Sunset

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

It's a plot that unravels on its own, without characters, without anything, not even a point of view. It's a zombie.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Ultimately, Sunset plays like deluxe dinner theater fare. It's a diversion to take along with your after-meal coffee and dessert.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Half of the movie wants to be cheerful, and the other half seems morbid and disenchanted.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A tale that is not quite a comedy, or a murder mystery, or a crime thriller, or an expose of Hollywood slime, but manages to make half-hearted stabs in all these directions.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Sunset


Re-watched this last night with my dad. We used to watch this film over and over when I was younger and although I never remember it being great I always used to enjoy it. It's still fun and the film has a great period detail look to it. Bruce Willis wasn't yet the big star he would become (although he would do 'Die Hard' that year) but had worked with Blake Edwards on 'Blind Date' and brings a lot of his Moonlighting charm to the role of real life cowboy star Tom Mix. However James Garner is the star here and steals the film from Willis. He would do the same again in a few years in 'Maverick' with Mel Gibson. This is probably one of the first hollywood villains Malcolm McDowell played and is loosely based on Chaplin. The whole thing is a lot of fun and an innocent way to spend a couple of hours. And remember, it's all true...give or take a lie or two.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer


I thought this was kind of a hoot, actually. It's not deep or anything, it's basically just a vehicle for James Garner and Bruce Willis to be the characters they do best. Oh, and it's got some beautiful cars in it!

Kirby Palm

Not a massive failure like I've heard, but most of the film doesn't work. I found James Garner to be great, but Bruce Willis completely lacking.

Anthony Stevenson

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