Sundowners (1960)

Sundowners (1960)

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Director: Fred Zinnemann

Cast: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov

     
 

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Director Fred Zinnemann was riding a crest in the '50s with movies like High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, and his success continues in this western-style drama set in Australia in the 1920s. Ida Carmody (Deborah Kerr) is married to Paddy (Robert Mitchum), a sheep drover whose nomadic existence makes him blissfully content. Neither IdaSee more details below

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Director Fred Zinnemann was riding a crest in the '50s with movies like High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, and his success continues in this western-style drama set in Australia in the 1920s. Ida Carmody (Deborah Kerr) is married to Paddy (Robert Mitchum), a sheep drover whose nomadic existence makes him blissfully content. Neither Ida nor their son Sean share his love for roaming, in fact, Ida convinces her husband to take on a job as a sheep-shearer so they can finally have enough to get a mortgage on a farm. At first Paddy agrees but obviously does not know his own mind because in no time at all, he rebels -- though that is not the end of it. Peter Ustinov is also featured as Vanneker, a bachelor who comes to stay with the family, and Glynis Johns plays a hotelkeeper out to change Vanneker's non-marital status.

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Hardly the most conflict-driven film of Fred Zinneman's career, or anyone's, The Sundowners is characterized by a gentle tone that effectively complements its striking Australian location photography. Wavering accents aside, both Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr make a great team as a pair of Irish drovers, with Mitchum seeming, amazingly enough, almost cuddly. The central issue -- Mitchum's wanderlust versus Kerr's desire to settle down -- is so muted as to be almost invisible, but the two leads carry it off nicely. Even if it dodges some the stickier issues of class and colonialism, it keeps the interest in its characters high, with Peter Ustinov providing memorable comic relief. By its conclusion, Sundowners has ably conveyed the difficulties facing those who settle the frontier.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2007
UPC:
0085391113485
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:13:00
Sales rank:
22,735

Special Features

Vintage featurette On Location With the Sundowners; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Ida Carmody
Robert Mitchum Paddy Cannody
Peter Ustinov Rupert Venneker
Glynis Johns Mrs. Firth
Dina Merrill Jean Halstead
Chips Rafferty Quinlan
Michael Anderson Sean Carmody
Lola Brooks Liz
Wylie Watson Herb Johnson
John Meillon Bluey
Ronald Fraser Ocker
Mervyn Johns Jack Patchogue
Molly Urquhart Mrs. Bateman
Ewen Solon Bob Halstead
Ray Barrett Actor
Alister Williamson Actor
Gerry Duggan Shearer
Peter Carver Shearer
Dick Bentley Shearer
Max Osbiston Farm Couple

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director,Producer
Gerry Blattner Producer
Peter Bolton Asst. Director
Gerry Fisher Camera Operator
Franta Folmer Set Decoration/Design
George Frost Makeup
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Harris Editor
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Terence Morgan Set Decoration/Design
John Palmer Production Manager
Roy Stevens Asst. Director
Michael Stringer Art Director
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Sundowners
1. Credits [2:35]
2. Appreciation [2:29]
3. What Home Looks Like [2:24]
4. The Bite on Venneker [3:29]
5. Hoisting a Few - and Paddy [5:08]
6. New Drover [4:27]
7. Setting Out [3:49]
8. Soulmates [1:57]
9. Dingo Alert; the Batemans [3:47]
10. Money Worries [2:56]
11. Fire Danger [4:39]
12. Where's Paddy? [3:19]
13. A Lady and Mrs. Firth [4:28]
14. A Scheme and a Singsong [2:57]
15. Jobs for Four [4:00]
16. Crossroads Clash [3:32]
17. Sheep Shearing [4:33]
18. Life by the Bell [4:25]
19. Mother-to-Be [1:27]
20. Planning a Contest [1:08]
21. Beers, Bets and Bluster [3:51]
22. Baby on the Way [6:18]
23. Blessed Event [3:28]
24. Not Lookin' Past Saturday [2:53]
25. Change of Mind [4:23]
26. Shear Exhaustion [3:48]
27. Lucky Streak [9:28]
28. Sundowner [6:11]
29. Elderly Tune [3:15]
30. Season's End [1:53]
31. Bush Track Race [2:01]
32. Back in Bulinga [1:41]
33. Paddy Backslides [5:05]
34. Bulinga Cup Race [3:54]
35. Sense of Humor [2:56]

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