Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Sundowners (1960)

Academy Awards, USA 1961

Best Picture
Fred Zinnemann
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Deborah Kerr
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Glynis Johns
Best Director
Fred Zinnemann
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Isobel Lennart

Warner Bros.
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Warner Bros.)

Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr are migrant workers in turn of the century Australia. He takes odd jobs herding and shearing sheep while she cooks and cleans for him and their teenage son. She longs to settle down while he values the freedom of their wandering lifestyle. She saves money to buy a nearby farm which he promptly loses by gambling. Will their marriage survive? The film is as easy going as its story: essentially an old fashioned western set down under. Mitchum's Australian accent is distracting and unconvincing.

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