Sundown (1941)

Sundown (1941)





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Adapted by Barre Lyndon from his own Saturday Evening Post short story, Sundown takes place in Africa during WW2. British army major Coombes (George Sanders) cannot abide the local Arab population, and he has even less time for district commissioner Crawford (Bruce Cabot), who has befriended the natives. Crawford is particularly fond of the beautiful Zia (Gene Tierney), whom Coombes suspects of being a Nazi sympathizer. But when the British troops must make their way through treacherous uncharted territory, they are forced to rely upon the guidance of the enigmatic Zia. Cedric Hardwycke spouts reams and reams of symbolic dialogue as the local British bishop, while among the native extras is a very young Dorothy Dandridge. Impressively photographed (by Charles Lang) and directed (by Henry Hathaway), Sundown just misses being as profound as it obviously wants to be.
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Bruce Cabot
as William Crawford
George Sanders
as Coombes
Harry Carey
as Dewey
Cedric Hardwicke
as Bishop Coombes
Joseph Calleia
as Pallini
Reginald Gardiner
as Lt. Turner
Carl Esmond
as Kuypens
Marc Lawrence
as Hammud
Jeni Le Gon
as Miriami
Dorothy Dandridge
as Kipsang's Bride
Gilbert Emery
as Ashburton
Horace Walker
as Lecherous Old Man
Eddie Das
as Pindi
Prince Modupe
as Miriami's Sweetheart
Hassan Said
as Arab Reader
Wesley Gale
as Native Boy
Jester Hairston
as Native Boy
Curtis Nero
as Corporal of Askaris
Al Duval
as Magabul
Kenny Washington
as Sgt. Kumakwa
Woody Strode
as Tribal Policeman
Walter Knox
as Father
William Broadus
as Village Headman
Ivan Browning
as Signal Man
William Dunn
as Kipsang's Victim
Tetsu Komai
as Kuypens' Shenzi Aide
Darby Jones
as Camel Man
Blue Washington
as Askari Veteran
Laurence La Mar
as Shenzi Informer
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Critic Reviews for Sundown

All Critics (1)

[A] dazzling combination of Charles Lang's Oscar-nominated photography and director Henry Hathaway's expert staging of several night battles.

Full Review… | January 18, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Sundown


Not bad desert pic set in a time of colonialism in Kenya. Gene Tierney is fantastically beautiful but still green in front of the camera and miscast but she tries. George Sanders gives the best performance and seems looser than usual.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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As World War II rages, District Commisioner Crawford (Cabot) and British Army officer Major Coombs (Sanders) get wind of a plot by the Nazis to arm violent North African tribes and set them upon the Allied forces. An exotic, mysterious caravan mistress (Tierney) arrives at their isolated outpost, but is she a friend, or is it her extensive trading network that the Nazis are using to move their weapons shipments? [center][img][/img] [i]The beautiful Gene Tierny stars as a mysterious merchant princess in "Sundown"[/i][/center] "Sundown" is a fairly run-of-the-mill colonial drama, with the steadfast British troops and their valiant native allies standing fast against those who would bring low Britain. It's got a more interesting cast of characters than many of these films--with the liberal minded Crawford truly standing out--and the cast is mostly excellent. The film also benefits from a more exotic locale than many of these films, and the gorgeous photography takes full advantage of this, as does the script. (One bit of repetition that made me scratch my head: why did the bad guys always get gunned down in pools of water?) Aside from the great camera work, another reason to see "Sundown" is the presence of the absolutely gorgeous Gene Tierney. She truly is one of the most beautiful actresses to ever appear on film, and she doesn't do a whole lot more than walk around looking exotic and gorgeous here. If you haven't seen Tierney do majestically beautiful, you need to see this movie. Sundown Starring: Bruce Cabot, Gene Tierney, and George Sanders Director: Henry Hathaway

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