Sunset (1988)




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Movie Info

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 … More

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


as Tom Mix

as Wyatt Earp

as Victoria

as Christina Alperin

as Capt. Blackworth

as Chief Dibner

as Dutch Kieffer

as Marty Goldberg

as Hal Flynn

as Michael Alperin

as Spanish Dancer

as Rosa

as William Singer

as Australian Houseman

as Cowboy Fred

as Leo Vogel

as Conductor

as Frank Coe

as Academy Speaker

as Roscoe Arbuckle

as Cowboy Henry

as Michael's Secretary

as Dibner's Secretary

as Director

as Assistant Director

as Stagecoach Lady

as Mix Butler

as Alperin Butler

as Alfie's First Wife

as Gate Guard

as Studio Guard

as Jail Guard

as Douglas Fairbanks

as John Gilbert

as Asuncion Maria Romer...

as Cleaning Man

as Mayor of Pasadena

as Car Attendant

as Jail Guard

as Candy Store Girl

as Candy Store Girl

as Jail Inmate

as Jail Inmate

as Jail Inmate

as Jail Inmate

as Girl at Lunch

as Girl at Lunch

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

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
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

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