The Last Sunset

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Released 1961

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Director:
Robert Aldrich
Released:
1961
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The Last Sunset (1961) is a western starring Kirk Douglas as Brendan O'Malley, a man accused of murder who flees lawman Dana Stribling and seeks shelter at the Mexican ranch of his former mistress, Belle. He finds her now married to the alcoholic landowner, John Breckinridge, and the mother of an impressionable teenage daughter, Melissa. Stribling arrives with a warrant to arrest Brendan but has no jurisdiction to apprehend him. Both men men are taken on to work on an elaborate cattle-drive and witness John Breckinridge's violent death; after that, the tensions grow progressively more unbearable until certain unpalatable truths long kept secret emerge and O'Malley must finally face up to those aspects of his own nature he has always avoided confronting.

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    • Robert Aldrich described the making of this film as "a very unpleasant experience" and cited differences with Kirk Douglas, whose company produced the movie, as the chief reason. He also said that screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who had been blacklisted for many years and was, in 1961, just beginning to get screen credits under his own name again after years of working anonymously, was more interested in cementing his newly re-established eminence than in doing necessary script rewrites.

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Action & Adventure

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