Tequila Sunrise – Filtered

Theatrical Release: December 2, 1988
DVD Release: October 29, 1997
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Synopsis

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.

Dove Review

“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.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: A man knocks over four coffees on another man's lap, man is killed by being shot, man has gun pointed at him, man hits woman, explosion. Two men are shot.
Sex: Sex implied on a couple occasions between unmarried couples, kissing.
Language: F-1; S-1
Violence: A man knocks over four coffees on another man's lap, man is killed by being shot, man has gun pointed at him, man hits woman, explosion. Two men are shot.
Drugs: Drug dealing, ziplock bag of cocaine, alcohol consumed, smoking, man smokes a joint, man snorts cocaine, two men are shown high.
Nudity: Man in towel after a shower, man in towel and woman sitting on his lap, woman in man's shirt.
Other: None

Info

Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Robert Towne
Director: Robert Towne
Producer: Thom Mount
Genre: Action
Runtime: 115 min.
Reviewer: Debbie Satala