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The Sundowners1960

The Sundowners (1960)




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Paddy Carmody (Robert Mitchum) is an Irish-Australian who promises wife Ida (Deborah Kerr) he will quit his free wheeling ways and settle down. He takes a job as a shearer on a sheep farm to save money for a down payment on a farm of their own. Domestic trouble begins when he gambles away the family's money in an effort to get rich quick.

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Peter Ustinov
as Venneker
Glynis Johns
as Mrs. Firth
Dina Merrill
as Jean Halstead
Wylie Watson
as Herb Johnson
Mervyn Johns
as Jack Patchogue
Molly Urquhart
as Mrs. Bateman
Ewen Solon
as Bob Halstead
Dick Bentley
as Shearer
Gerry Duggan
as Shearer
Peter Carver
as Shearer
Alister Williamson
as Shearer (uncredited)
Ray Barrett
as (uncredited)
Max Osbiston
as Farm Couple
Mercia Barden
as Farm couple
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Critic Reviews for The Sundowners

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Zinnemann's customary care for detail pays occasional dividends, but the film goes on rather too long.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

A touching Fred Zinnemann movie.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An extremely attractive view of Australian life in a story about a drover who re fuses to settle down and his wife and son who want to.

July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

an enough enjoyable diversion

March 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

...the film's lack of plot never becomes as pronounced as one might've feared...

February 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This sprawling, often boring saga of Aussie nomads in the 1920s is directed by Zinnemann with his customary tamed discipline and human realism, elevated by the solid ensemble.

December 2, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sundowners

It goes to prove that you may have Mitchum, Kerr and Ustinov and still not have a great film. This "Australian western" is dull at times and without enough redeeming qualities.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Beautiful scenery and good performances but entirely to long.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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