Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Wyatt Earp and Tom Mix save the day
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Year: 1988
Duration: 107 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: R
Director: Blake Edwards
Writer: Rod Amateau, Blake Edwards
Starring: Bruce Willis, James Garner, Malcolm McDowell, Mariel Hemingway, Kathleen Quinlan, Jennifer Edwards, Patricia Hodge

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Sunset

Sometimes there is a good reason you have never heard of a movie, even if it does feature big name actors like Bruce Willis and James Garner. Sunset was a loser at the box office when it came out in 1988, and not much to watch now. Director Blake Edwards made some gems in his time (Victoria Victoria, The Pink Panther), but this is not one of them.

Set in 1929, actor Tom Mix (Willis, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction) is making a film about the real Western lawman, Wyatt Earp (Garner, The Rockford Files, Maverick, Victor Victoria), who is on-set as a technical advisor. But something fishy is going on, and the two team up to solve the murder of Candy, who runs a house of ill repute for the rich and famous.

When Mix and Earp first visit Candy’s place, they are greeted by Cheryl (Mariel Hemingway, Manhattan, Personal Best, The Sex Monster), dressed in a tuxedo, short hair slicked back. They are told that Cheryl was Candy’s lover, but the two men later learn that Cheryl is Candy’s daughter. To keep men’s paws off of her in the business, Candy set up the charade, and Cheryl is not really a lesbian (but she still looks cute in her tux).

Chase scenes and gun fights ensue as Mix and Earp battle crooked cops and find the real killer. Willis is charming, but Garner is too polished as Earp. Hemingway was nominated that year for the Razzie for the Worst Supporting Actress, and Edwards received the Razzie for Worst Director. There is just something missing in this one. (AB)