Tequila Sunrise – Filtered
For his first directorial project in six years, Robert Towne selected a timeworn romantic-triangle yarn, injecting the material with subtlety and conviction. Tequila Sunrise stars Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell as two lifelong friends who, in true James Cagney-Pat O’Brien fashion, grow up on the opposite sides of the law. One is a retired drug dealer (at least he says he is), the other a “celebrity” cop. Both fall in love with gorgeous restaurateur Michelle Pfeiffer. Veteran movie buffs will enjoy spotting director Budd Boetticher as a judge, and will welcome the presence in the production credits of cinematographer Conrad Hall, who earned an Oscar nomination for his richly textured color camerawork.
“Tequila Sunrise” had some wonderful acting with Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Michelle Pfeiffer. However, the content involving drugs, drug dealing and fornication prevents us from approving the movie. The film did show the real struggle that men can face with trying to separate themselves from a lifestyle that they no longer desire. Friendships are challenged and fought for which is a nice thing to see. Overall the film had a good story but strong content which doesn’t allow us to give our Dove Seal.