Tequila Sunrise

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For his first directorial project in six years, Robert Towne selected a timeworn romantic-triangle yarn, injecting the material with subtlety and conviction. Tequila Sunrise stars Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell as two lifelong friends who, in true James Cagney-Pat O'Brien fashion, grow up on the opposite sides of the law. One is a retired drug dealer at least he says he is, the other a "celebrity" cop. Both fall in love with gorgeous restaurateur Michelle Pfeiffer. Veteran movie buffs will enjoy spotting director ...
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For his first directorial project in six years, Robert Towne selected a timeworn romantic-triangle yarn, injecting the material with subtlety and conviction. Tequila Sunrise stars Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell as two lifelong friends who, in true James Cagney-Pat O'Brien fashion, grow up on the opposite sides of the law. One is a retired drug dealer at least he says he is, the other a "celebrity" cop. Both fall in love with gorgeous restaurateur Michelle Pfeiffer. Veteran movie buffs will enjoy spotting director Budd Boetticher as a judge, and will welcome the presence in the production credits of cinematographer Conrad Hall, who earned an Oscar nomination for his richly textured color camerawork.
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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Probably the best directorial effort of screenwriter Robert Towne, this crime drama about a romantic triangle in modern-day Los Angeles deserved better from both audiences and critics, despite an Oscar nomination for the cinematography of Conrad L. Hall. Essentially a modern update of the classic film Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), the film is best viewed with an awareness of Towne's signature style, a blend of three-dimensional characters with labyrinthine motivations never fully explained or even familiar to themselves. For those seeking closure, any Towne film, even Chinatown, will likely prove a hard sell, but for those open-minded viewers willing to immerse themselves in a complicated, mature entertainment steeped in superb acting and gorgeous photography, Tequila Sunrise is a psychological and visual masterpiece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • UPC: 085391580232
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Dale McKussic
Michelle Pfeiffer Jo Ann Vallenari
Kurt Russell Lt. Nick Frescia
Raul Julia Escalante/Carlos
J.T. Walsh Maguire
Daniel Zacapa
Arliss Howard Gregg Lindroff
Ann Magnuson Shaleen
Arye Gross Andy Leonard
Gabriel Damon Cody McKussic
Daniel Addes Pepe
Budd Boetticher Judge Nizetitch
Efrain Figueroa Carlos' Man
Lala Sin Sister No. 2
Garret Pearson Arturo
Ely Pouget
Bob Swaim Ralph Spudder
Eric Thiele Vittorio
Tom Nolan Leland
Dawn Martel Sin Sister
Kenneth C. Moore Woody
Jason Randal Magician
Jim Bentley Cop
Eric Waterhouse Steve
Geno Silva Mexican Cop
Tomas Goros Carlos' Man
Austin Hawk Lifeguard
Scott Harms Lifeguard
Sarah Davis Girl in Restaurant
John D. Steele Men At Party
David Rees Men At Party
Oscar Abadia Himself
Jim Ladd Himself
Tom Schnabel Himself
Technical Credits
Robert Towne Director, Screenwriter
David C. Anderson Asst. Director
Bobby Bass Stunts
Bruce Bisenz Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Le Bon Songwriter
Danny Bramson Musical Direction/Supervision
David Cass Stunts
Todd Cerney Songwriter
Roger Christian Songwriter
Steve Diamond Songwriter
Neil Finn Songwriter
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Albert Hammond Songwriter
Paul Hester Songwriter
Craig Hooper Songwriter
Steven Kilbey Songwriter
Peter Koppes Songwriter
Jack Lawrence Songwriter
Richard Marx Songwriter
Thom Mount Producer
Bart A. Natisin Consultant/advisor
Nadia di Paolo Makeup
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
Richard Ploog Songwriter
Nick Rhodes Songwriter
Peter V. Saldutti Costumes/Costume Designer
David Sanborn Songwriter
Nick Seymour Songwriter
Albert M. Shapiro Asst. Director
Tom Shaw Executive Producer, Producer
Claire Simpson Editor
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Peter Smith Art Director, Production Designer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
John Taylor Songwriter
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Charles Trenet Songwriter
Ross Vanelli Songwriter
Diane Warren Songwriter
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry D. Williams Special Effects
Marty Willson-Piper Songwriter
Brian Wilson Songwriter
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