The Sundowners (1960)
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Awards for The Sundowners (1960)
Academy Awards, USA
1961 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role
1961 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1961 Nominated Oscar Best Director
1961 Nominated Oscar Best Picture
1961 Nominated Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
1962 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best British Actress
1962 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best British Film
1962 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Film from any Source
Directors Guild of America, USA
1961 Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Golden Globes, USA
1961 Won Special Merit Award
1961 Nominated Golden Laurel Female Dramatic Performance
National Board of Review, USA
1960 Won NBR Award Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
1960 Won NYFCC Award Best Actress
Writers Guild of America, USA
1961 Nominated WGA Award (Screen) Best Written American Drama
AMG Info for The Sundowners (1960)
US/UK/Australian (1960)- 133 min. - Feature, Color
Amazon.com Review for The Sundowners (1960)
An episodic account of a family of roving sheepherders in Australia. Paddy Carmody (Robert Mitchum) loves being "someone whose home is where the sun goes down," but his wife (Deborah Kerr) and teenage son are tired of the nomadic life and want to settle down. Director Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) takes a wonderfully laid-back approach to this likable material, emphasizing the refreshingly grown-up relationship between Mitchum and Kerr as well as the stark scenic attractions of Australia--a continent that, in 1960, was still unfamiliar terrain for the movies. Puckish, portly Peter Ustinov provides the lion's share of the comic relief. One of the high points is a sheep-shearing sequence (the normally self-assured Mitchum was so nervous about accidentally harming an animal that he required a few bottles of beer for fortification before shooting the scene). The Sundowners scored five Oscar nominations, including acting nods for Kerr and Glynis Johns, but won none.
Pauline Kael Review for The Sundowners (1960)
US (1960): Drama
This major film by a major director (Fred Zinnemann) was neglected when it came out—possibly because Warners didn't believe that people would go to see a movie set in Australia—and it has never achieved the reputation it deserves. It's a large, episodic movie, with a strong emotional texture—an epic about the space and emptiness of the country, and about Robert Mitchum as a man who doesn't want to stay in one place, and Deborah Kerr as the wife who keeps moving with him, raising a son (Michael Anderson, Jr.) who has never known a settled existence. There are marvellous sequences: one involving a race horse who's like a pipe dream of a horse; another, a great sheep-shearing contest, with Robert Mitchum pitted against a wizardly little old geezer (Wylie Watson). And though the story builds slowly (and the first half may seem a little pokey), the characters are more red-blooded and vigorous and eccentric than in most other Zinnemann films. Deborah Kerr isn't at all aristocratic or mannered here; this may be her richest performance. Peter Ustinov and Glynis Johns play a secondary, contrasting pair of lovers, and the cast includes Dina Merrill, Chips Rafferty, Ronald Fraser, John Meillon, and Mervyn Johns. The script, by Isobel Lennart, is based on a novel by Jon Cleary; the cinematography is by Jack Hildyard.
Leonard Maltin Review for The Sundowners (1960)
US (1960): Drama
First-rate film of Australian family whose lives are devoted to sheepherding. Entire cast excellent, Kerr especially fine. Isobel Lennart adapted Jon Cleary's novel. Wonderfully filmed on location by Jack Hildyard.
Trivia for The Sundowners (1960)
Meryvn Johns replaced an actor who dropped out.
The Sundowners (1960)
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
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