Sunburn (1979)

PG   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime

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After a rich old man dies in a suspicious car accident in Acapulco, Mexico, his widow wants his insurance company to pony up five million dollars. Hotshot investigator Jake Decker (Charles Grodin) and charming model Ellie (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) come in to check it out.




  • William Daniels in Sunburn (1979)
  • Farrah Fawcett in Sunburn (1979)
  • Farrah Fawcett in Sunburn (1979)
  • Farrah Fawcett in Sunburn (1979)
  • Farrah Fawcett in Sunburn (1979)
  • Farrah Fawcett in Sunburn (1979)

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2 February 2001 | moonspinner55
| Murder, Mexico, Disco on the soundtrack, Farrah in a wet-suit...
Based on Stanley Ellin's not-bad mystery novel "The Bind", "Sunburn" became Farrah Fawcett's second attempt to resurrect her TV golden-touch at the movies (it drove her back to television after one more try, the sci-fi bomb "Saturn 3"). It has amusing fashions and disco music, a pleasant ambiance at the outset, lots of sand and sunshine, but a script that becomes murky early on. There are too many sub-plots and incidental characters here (such as Joan Collins in an indescribable bit). The central relationship between insurance investigator Charles Grodin and model Fawcett (posing as his wife) is curious but unsatisfying, and Art Carney has very little to do as a gumshoe. Not a disaster by any means, and '70s aficionados will soak up the clichés, but it's easy to see why "Sunburn" never attained much of a following: it's a commercial for Acapulco--not a movie. * from ****

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10 August 1979


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