The Sundowners

The Sundowners

DVD - 2007
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A married couple in Australia find themselves at odds when the wife wants to settle down on a farm of their own, but the husband finds settling down more than his untethered spirit can bear.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2007
ISBN: 9781419844324
1419844326
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 133 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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ManMachine
Jun 26, 2019

Yes. 1960's "The Sundowners" (whose story was set in the early 20th century) did contain some really good location shooting in the wide-open Australian countryside. Yes. It did. Indeed.

But, on the other hand - When it came around to actor, Robert Mitchum (my #1 favorite "Film Noir" tough guy) playing a poor, Irish sheep drover - Well - I just could not, for the life of me, accept him in the role of Paddy Carmody at all. No. I couldn't.

Anyway - This 2-hour-13-minute story concerning the trials and tribulations of the less-than-glamorous Carmody family (and their clever dog, Ollie) was fairly entertaining as far as family-oriented pictures go.

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wodebaobei38
Mar 18, 2019

The DVDs kept freezing so I wasn't able to watch it.

This is no FROM HERE TO ETERNITY, which is the more prominent film directed by Fred Zinnemann starring the wonderful Deborah Kerr. THE SUNDOWNERS, a Warner Bros. product, is a U.S. postwar drama set Down Under. Rather than Western cowboys we have Aussie sheep drovers and shearers. Mitchum is terrific. Kerr seems strained at times playing his tough as nails obliging spouse, but she delivers a topnotch performance. Peter Ustinov steals the show though. Mostly this picture is an homage to social homogeneity, plentiful work and lily-whiteness. Imagine the pristine, throbbing-with-growth American suburbs at the dawn of the 1960s as the great Australian outback and THE SUNDOWNERS makes sense.

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grammaE
Nov 23, 2015

Entertaining. Would watch again.

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Monolith
Jul 13, 2012

Dvd crapped out halfway through the movie. Bummer :(

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Monolith
Jul 13, 2012

Rupert Venneker (to Sean Carmody): "There's nothing so revolting to the young as the sight of their elders at play..."

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