The Sundowners (1960)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1960.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A sheep-herding Australian family lives nomadically across the wild outback of the continent in this enjoyable film. Their adventures, encounters and personal struggles are detailed beautifully by Fred Zinnemann’s strong direction and the intelligent script. Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr, reunited from Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, are both excellent as the parents, while Glynis Johns lends marvelous support as a fun saloon gal they meet along the way.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Picture; Best Actress (Deborah Kerr); Best Supporting Actress (Glynis Johns); Best Director (Fred Zinnemann); Best Adapted Screenplay

Golden Globe Award:  Special Merit Award
Nomination: Best Director (Fred Zinnemann)

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