The Sundowners (1960)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 8, 1960 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 133 min.  |   Countries - Australia, UK, USA  |  
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Director Fred Zinnemann was riding a crest in the '50s with movies like High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, and his success continues in this western-style drama set in Australia in the 1920s. Ida Carmody (Deborah Kerr) is married to Paddy (Robert Mitchum), a sheep drover whose nomadic existence makes him blissfully content. Neither Ida nor their son Sean share his love for roaming, in fact, Ida convinces her husband to take on a job as a sheep-shearer so they can finally have enough to get a mortgage on a farm. At first Paddy agrees but obviously does not know his own mind because in no time at all, he rebels -- though that is not the end of it. Peter Ustinov is also featured as Vanneker, a bachelor who comes to stay with the family, and Glynis Johns plays a hotelkeeper out to change Vanneker's non-marital status.

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chance, ambition, deception, family, farming, finances, gambling, horse, love, racer, shepherd, traveling

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High Artistic Quality, High Budget, High Production Values