Sunset (1988)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1988, , , .  Story by , Screenplay by Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Blake Edwards does nothing to improve upon the disaster of Blind Date with this equally tepid film about Hollywood in the silent era. is terrible as real-life western star Tom Mix, who learns while making a film about Wyatt Earp that the real-life Earp () has arrived on the set to work as a consultant. The two have an instant rapport that comes in handy when a murder at a local brothel gives them the opportunity to become crime-solving sleuths.  Finding the culprit isn’t going to be easy considering that one of their suspects is their psychotic, abusive boss (), whose wife is in love with Earp. It’s got a lovely feel for the look of 1920s Hollywood, particularly in Patricia Norris’ beautiful Oscar-nominated costume designs, but Edwards’ direction is surprisingly weak. It takes place in the seamy underbelly of Hollywood Babylon but features uncomfortable elements of comedy and cartoonish violence, plus the performances range from bad to dull. In real life Mix and Earp actually were friends, though Earp was much older and the rest of the story is completely fictionalized.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Costume Design

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