Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise

Robert Towne (1988)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director Robert Towne has done better work, as scriptwriter on classic movies such as Chinatown, for example, but this thriller is still an extremely entertaining illustration of his work. Kurt Russell and Mel Gibson star as the former schoolfriends who have gone their separate ways, Russell into the police force and Gibson into drug dealing. When Gibson plans a final trade-off, Russell tries to persuade his old chum against the deal. Michelle Pfeiffer plays the restaurant owner who becomes romantically involved with both men. Towne occasionally allows his wordiness to get between the viewer and the characters, but the fine cast (which also includes Raul Julia and JT Walsh) and Conrad Hall's Oscar-nominated cinematography provide ample compensation.


Two old friends end up on opposite sides of the law, one a drug dealer, the other the cop assigned to bring him down. The detective becomes convinced his former friend's relationship with a female restaurateur is the key to closing the case - but as he gets closer to her in pursuit of the truth, he begins to fall for her charms. Thriller, starring Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Cast & Crew

Dale McKussic Mel Gibson
Jo Ann Vallenari Michelle Pfeiffer
Lieutenant Nick Frescia Kurt Russell
Carlos / Commandante Escalante Raul Julia
Maguire J T Walsh
Gregg Lindroff Arliss Howard
Shaleen Ann Magnuson
Andy Leonard Arye Gross
Cody McKussic Gabriel Damon
Arturo Garret Pearson
Vittorio Eric Thiele
Leland Tom Nolan
Director Robert Towne
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video and DVD