The Last Sunset

  • 1961
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

A perverse western from Robert Aldrich that's rooted more in Greek tragedy than in genre expectations. Douglas is a fugitive wanted by lawman Hudson for the murder of Hudson's brother-in-law. Douglas, on the run, stops to see Malone, a flame from 16 years ago who is now married to Cotten and the mother of 16-year-old Lynley. Douglas takes the job of driving...read more

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A perverse western from Robert Aldrich that's rooted more in Greek tragedy than in genre expectations. Douglas is a fugitive wanted by lawman Hudson for the murder of Hudson's brother-in-law. Douglas, on the run, stops to see Malone, a flame from 16 years ago who is now married to Cotten

and the mother of 16-year-old Lynley. Douglas takes the job of driving Cotten's herd to Texas, but he is quickly found by Hudson. However, instead of taking the fugitive back to Texas, Hudson decides to help with the herd, considering he is going that direction anyway. Along the way Hudson falls

in love with Malone, Cotten is killed in a barroom brawl, and Douglas becomes attracted to the young Lynley. Hudson and Douglas also gain each other's respect. When he and Hudson reach Texas, Douglas tells the lawman that he is heading across the border with Lynley, whom he has begun to romance.

Malone informs Douglas that Lynley is his daughter, sending him into a suicidal rage. He draws on Hudson with an empty gun, and Hudson, unaware that the gun isn't loaded, fires and kills Douglas. Part western, part soap opera, and part romance, this film adds up to an underrated, superbly cast

picture that draws Aldrich's dark side into the public eye.

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  • Review: A perverse western from Robert Aldrich that's rooted more in Greek tragedy than in genre expectations. Douglas is a fugitive wanted by lawman Hudson for the murder of Hudson's brother-in-law. Douglas, on the run, stops to see Malone, a flame from 16 years… (more)

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