Sundown

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A slightly above average adventure picture, Sundown has its ups and downs but comes out just a bit on the up side. As is so often the case, much of the "downs" are due to the screenplay. It seems as if the writers cobbled together a few plot devices from here, a few from there, a good supporting character from one story, an ending setting from Mrs. Miniver and hoped that stirring them all up would create something new. It doesn't. But, that said, there have been far worse screenplays than this, which is functional if nothing more. Its stars are also a mixed bag. On the plus side, we have George Sanders. When "on," Sanders could be relied upon to bring a unique quality to any film, and Sundown catches Sanders definitely in the "on" position. The movie also has the beauty of Gene Tierney, which is truly something to behold. Were her performance in the same class as her beauty -- which it is not - Sundown would have been a much better film. Similarly, Bruce Cabot looks good but his performance is only okay. There's better work from supporting players Harry Carey and Cedric Hardwicke. Henry Hathaway's direction is uneven, but it's spot on during the battle scenes; these are among the film's highlights. Charles B. Lang's cinematography is also a definite plus, moody when needed, dazzling on occasion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • UPC: 089218486899
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,763

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Cabot Capt. Bill Crawford
Gene Tierney Zia
George Sanders Maj. Coombes
Cedric Hardwicke Bishop Coombes
Harry Carey Dewey
Joseph Calleia Pallini
Reginald Gardiner Lt. Turner
Carl Esmond Kuypens
Marc Lawrence Hammud
Jeni Le Gon Miriami
Emmett E. Smith Kipsang
Dorothy Dandridge Kipsang's Bride
Tetsu Komai Kuypens' Shenzi Aide
Curtis Nero Corporal of Askaris
Darby Jones Camel Man
Jester Hairston Native Boy
Gilbert Emery Ashburton
Blue Washington Askari Veteran
Hassan Said Arab Reader
Woody Strode Tribal Policeman
St. Luke's Choristers
Kenny Washington Sgt. Kumakwa
Frank Clark
Frederick Clark Ibraham
Rory Calhoun
Ivan Browning Signal Man
William Dunn Kipsang's Victim
Eddie Das Pindi
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
R.O. Binger Special Effects
Charles G. Booth Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Barré Lyndon Screenwriter
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Walter Wanger Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sundown
2. Chapter 2 [13:22]
3. Chapter 3 [15:58]
4. Chapter 4 [17:42]
5. Chapter 5 [11:44]
6. Chapter 6 [15:22]
7. Chapter 7 [12:35]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sundown
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      Mystery/Thriller
      Serials
      Classic Exploitation
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