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101 Ratings

Decision at Sundown

Directed by Budd Boetticher
United States, 1957


Bart Allison and sidekick Sam arrive in the town of Sundown on the wedding day of town boss Tate Kimbrough, whom Allison blames for his wife’s death years earlier.

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Decision at Sundown Directed by Budd Boetticher

Critics reviews

A brutal study of a Western hero’s retribution turned to psychotic obsession. As the bartender (James Westerfield) tells the doctor (John Archer), “If you’d been tending bar as long as I have, you wouldn’t except so much out of the human race.” By the time of the film’s conclusion, it is clear that Decision at Sundown does not expect much from the human race either.
June 22, 2017
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Hawks’ Red River is evoked in the purposefully anticlimactic showdown, and then there’s the coin in the spittoon on its way to Rio Bravo. “A man’s got to draw the line somewhere if he’s going to live with himself.” A very slender line separates redemption and emptiness, so it’s only natural for Boetticher’s bitterest resolution to segue into his most playful composition (Buchanan Rides Alone).
June 08, 2015
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