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Tequila Sunrise

  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Robert Towne
  • 110 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller starring Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell. Cocaine dealer Dale McKussic plans one last drugs run, despite a warning from Nick Frescia, an old school friend now in charge of the Los Angeles narcotics squad. The pair's relationship is further complicated when they both become romantically involved with the same woman.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dale McKussicMel Gibson
Jo Ann VallenariMichelle Pfeiffer
Lieutenant Nick FresciaKurt Russell
Carlos / Commandante EscalanteRaul Julia
MaguireJ T Walsh
Gregg LindroffArliss Howard
ShaleenAnn Magnuson
Andy LeonardArye Gross
Cody McKussicGabriel Damon
ArturoGarret Pearson
VittorioEric Thiele
LelandTom Nolan

Crew

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DirectorRobert Towne

Details

Guidance
Violence, swearing, a sex scene, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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