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The Last Sunset (film)

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Director  Robert Aldrich
Initial DVD release  November 14, 2006
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Romance, Western
Music director  Ernest Gold, Tomas Mendez
Language  English
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Release date  USA: June 7, 1961
Writer  Howard Rigsby (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
Cast  Rock Hudson (Dana Stribling), Kirk Douglas (Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley), Dorothy Malone (Belle Breckenridge), Joseph Cotten (John Breckenridge), Carol Lynley (Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge), Neville Brand (Frank Hobbs)
Similar movies  Interstellar, Joe Kidd, Bound by Honor, Touch of Evil, The Big Gundown, Sex and the City
Tagline  When giants clash, a woman trembles!

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The Last Sunset is a 1961 American Western film directed by Robert Aldrich and starring Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, and Dorothy Malone.


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The film was released by Universal Studios and shot in Eastman color. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was adapted from Howard Rigsby's novel Sundown at Crazy Horse.

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The supporting cast features Joseph Cotten, Carol Lynley, Neville Brand and Jack Elam.

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Plot summary

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Brendan O'Malley (Douglas) crosses the border into Mexico to escape justice for a murder. He arrives at the ranch of a former lover, Belle Breckenridge (Malone) and her husband, the drunkard and coward John Breckenridge (Joseph Cotten).

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O'Malley meets her daughter Melissa (Carol Lynley). He is immediately attracted to Missy, who reminds him of Belle when they were lovers years ago. Breckenridge, meanwhile, hires O'Malley to drive his herd to Texas.

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Sheriff Dana Stribling (Hudson) is pursuing O'Malley. He arrives at the ranchero to serve a warrant for the murder of his brother-in-law.

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Stribling does not have jurisdiction to arrest O'Malley in Mexico so he also agrees to join the cattle drive to Texas. He promises to deliver O'Malley to the law upon their arrival.


During the cattle drive some former Confederates confront Breckenridge in a bar and accuse him of cowardice during a battle in the Civil War. Although Stribling and O'Malley team up to try and save Breckenridge's life, Breckinridge is shot in the back and killed trying to leave the bar. Stribling and O'Malley respond by shooting the man who shot Breckinridge, and then bury Breckinridge back at the cattle drive camp.

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Along the journey, Stribling and Belle become attracted to each other and plan to marry, and O'Malley and Missy fall in love, increasing the tension between the sheriff and the outlaw.

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On the eve of the showdown between the two men, Belle discloses the secret that Missy is the daughter of O'Malley and their incestuous love cannot continue. At the gunfight, O'Malley faces the sheriff with an unloaded gun, effectively committing suicide.


  • Rock Hudson as Dana Stribling
  • Kirk Douglas as Brendan 'Bren' O'Malley
  • Dorothy Malone as Belle Breckenridge
  • Joseph Cotten as John Breckenridge
  • Carol Lynley as Melissa 'Missy' Breckenridge
  • Neville Brand as Frank Hobbs
  • Regis Toomey as Milton Wing
  • James Westmoreland as Julesburg Kid (as Rad Fulton)
  • Adam Williams as Calverton
  • Jack Elam as Ed Hobbs
  • John Shay as Bowman
  • References

    The Last Sunset (film) Wikipedia
    The Last Sunset (film) IMDbThe Last Sunset (film)