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MOVIE REVIEW | Tequila Sunrise (1988)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “At most, it raised as shrug and a yawn.”

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Mr. McKussic, it seems, has been engaged in his business for purely romantic reasons, whilst you have been engaged in romance for purely business reasons.

I’ve written plenty of times about the virtues of going into a movie blind.  It’s harder and harder to do with new movies, with inescapable marketing campaigns and trailers that reveal more and more of what the final product has to offer.  So now, going in blind usually means going for tiny indies, or something that’s at least a couple of decades old.  The name Tequila Sunrise was definitely familiar, and I was even kind of aware of its late 80s vintage.

What I wasn’t aware of were the treats waiting for me in the opening titles.  Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell’s names popping up had me immediately glad that I had taken a chance on this movie.  Then seeing that it was written and directed by Robert Towne, of Chinatown and Bonnie and Clyde fame, had me legitimately excited.  Unfortunately, the opening titles is where I should have stopped if I wanted to go away liking this movie. (more…)