Tequila Sunrise (1988)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Romance

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A former L.A. drug dealer tries to go straight but his past and his underworld connections bring him into the focus of the DEA, the Mexican feds and the Mexican drug cartels.




  • Tequila Sunrise (1988)
  • Mel Gibson and Michelle Pfeiffer in Tequila Sunrise (1988)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer in Tequila Sunrise (1988)
  • Mel Gibson and Gabriel Damon in Tequila Sunrise (1988)
  • Michelle Pfeiffer in Tequila Sunrise (1988)
  • Raul Julia in Tequila Sunrise (1988)

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20 November 2014 | statuskuo
| Meh
This movie is so mediocre, it screams to want to be a better movie. So that's the frustration you get as you watch some really good moments get buried in TERRIBLE dialogue, goofy plotting and ridiculous characters. Why did I think it was the middle of the road? It is well made. By well made, I mean it looks and feels like L.A. in the late 80's. It's sweaty, everything looks late afternoon and reminds me of tequila on cocaine. It's the atmosphere of that time. And it's perfect. Then you get these bobbleheads who ruin it with talking. Frankly, I've never seen Michelle Pfeiffer so wooden. She's got as much sex appeal in this movie as a billboard for genital herpes. Russell is grossly mis-casted. Strange how Alec Baldwin was first considered. It would've been an interesting choice.

With all the earnest dark brooding noir sense, it becomes slapsticky Mel at the end (with Raoul Julia). While fun, negates the rest of the movie. This thing was a patchwork, not yet fully cooked before production started. Still, love L.A. in the 80's though.

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,350,974 4 December 1988

Gross USA:


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