Tequila Sunrise

As a screenwriter Robert Towne (CHINATOWN; THE LAST DETAIL; SHAMPOO) has few peers. But TEQUILA SUNRISE, which he also directed, concentrates on dialog at the expense of visuals and fails to engage the viewer completely. The movie focuses on two old high school friends, Dale McKussic and Nick Frescia (Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell), who have grown up on opposite...read more

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As a screenwriter Robert Towne (CHINATOWN; THE LAST DETAIL; SHAMPOO) has few peers. But TEQUILA SUNRISE, which he also directed, concentrates on dialog at the expense of visuals and fails to engage the viewer completely. The movie focuses on two old high school friends, Dale McKussic and

Nick Frescia (Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell), who have grown up on opposite sides of the law. Nick is a police lieutenant in charge of Los Angeles County's drug task force, while Dale is a wealthy cocaine dealer who is trying, against the resistance of his associates, to retire from dealing. Dale

agrees to make one last score, which will also pay off a personal debt owed to a mysterious Mexican drug dealer known as Carlos. A romantic subplot involving Michelle Pfeiffer as the owner of Dale's favorite restaurant winds into the main action, which is further complicated by the presence of an

important Mexican police official (Raul Julia) and an FBI agent, Maguire (J.T. Walsh). The characters in TEQUILA SUNRISE, however, fall flat dramatically. Luckily, Towne has assembled a marvelous cast who somehow manage to keep the film moving, despite their obvious confusion over just what it is

they're supposed to be feeling. Cinematographer Conrad L. Hall received an Oscar nomination for his work.

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: R
  • Review: As a screenwriter Robert Towne (CHINATOWN; THE LAST DETAIL; SHAMPOO) has few peers. But TEQUILA SUNRISE, which he also directed, concentrates on dialog at the expense of visuals and fails to engage the viewer completely. The movie focuses on two old high s… (more)

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