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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 2, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
American Society of Cinematographers Conrad L. Hall Best Cinematography 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Conrad L. Hall Best Cinematography 1988 Nominee

Cast

Mel Gibson
as Dale McKussic
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Jo Ann Vallenari
Kurt Russell
as Lt. Nick Frescia
Raul Julia
as Escalante/Carlos
J.T. Walsh
as Maguire
Arliss Howard
as Gregg Lindroff
Ann Magnuson
as Shaleen
Arye Gross
as Andy Leonard
Gabriel Damon
as Cody McKussic
Daniel Addes
as Pepe
Budd Boetticher
as Judge Nizetitch
Efrain Figueroa
as Carlos' Man
Lala
as Sin Sister No. 2
Garret Pearson
as Arturo
Ely Pouget
Bob Swaim
as Ralph Spudder
Eric Thiele
as Vittorio
Tom Nolan
as Leland
Dawn Martel
as Sin Sister
Jason Randal
as Magician
Jim Bentley
as Cop
Eric Waterhouse
as Steve
Geno Silva
as Mexican Cop
Tomas Goros
as Carlos' Man
Austin Hawk
as Lifeguard
Scott Harms
as Lifeguard
David Rees
as Men At Party
Oscar Abadia
as Himself
Jim Ladd
as Himself
Tom Schnabel
as Himself
Daniel Zacapa
Jim Bentley
as Cop
Eric Thiele
as Vittorio
Garret Pearson
as Arturo
Eric Waterhouse
as Steve
Jim Ladd
as Himself
Budd Boetticher
as Judge Nizetitch
Lala
as Sin Sister No. 2
David Rees
as Men At Party
Tomas Goros
as Carlos' Man
Tom Schnabel
as Himself
Daniel Addes
as Pepe
Efrain Figueroa
as Carlos' Man
Scott Harms
as Lifeguard
Jason Randal
as Magician
Oscar Abadia
as Himself
Austin Hawk
as Lifeguard
Geno Silva
as Mexican Cop
Tom Nolan
as Leland
Dawn Martel
as Sin Sister
Bob Swaim
as Ralph Spudder

Crew

Robert Towne
Director
Thom Mount
Producer
Tom Shaw
Producer
Robert Towne
Screenwriter
Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer
Peter Koppes
Songwriter
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Danny Bramson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Diamond
Songwriter
Marty Willson-Piper
Songwriter
Brian Wilson
Songwriter
Ross Vanelli
Songwriter
Nick Seymour
Songwriter
Steven Kilbey
Songwriter
Todd Cerney
Songwriter
Roger Christian
Songwriter
Neil Finn
Songwriter
Craig Hooper
Songwriter
Richard Ploog
Songwriter
Simon Le Bon
Songwriter
Paul Hester
Songwriter
Charles Trenet
Songwriter
Claire Simpson
Editor
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Tom Shaw
Executive Producer
Rick Simpson
Set Designer
Julie Weiss
Costume Designer
Bruce Bisenz
Sound/Sound Designer
Albert M. Shapiro
First Assistant Director
Bobby Bass
Stunts
Bonnie Timmermann
Casting
Dorothy Pearl
Makeup
Robert Seaman
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Nadia di Paolo
Makeup
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