Sunset (1988) is mystery film by Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther) starring Bruce Willis as famed western actor Tom Mix and James Garner as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp.
Tom Mix is approached by producer Alfie Alperin (Malcolm McDowell) with an offer to play Wyatt Earp in a new movie, Lawman. Earp himself will be on set to serve as technical supervisor.
As it turns out, Alperin’s wife and Earp have a history and she asks Wyatt to find her missing son. Earp and Mix get caught up in murder mystery that may lead to an explosive finale that rivals the O.K Corral.
This is an interesting idea for a movie and for the most part pays off. Garner is great as Earp and the supporting cast is great as well. Willis is just ’80s Willis in this, and is probably my least favorite part of the movie.
Blake Edwards is know for his comedies, and while there is humor in Sunset, it is more of a mystery film set in old Hollywood and that is a better feel for the story.
I first saw this movie one Saturday or Subway afternoon and I think that is a good way to watch it. Put it on one lazy weekend afternoon, have some popcorn and enjoy James Garner as Wyatt Earp.
Check out the trailer below: