89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #48 – The Sundowners (1960)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 48th review of the 89 chosen Films…


“This is a good country for sheep and it’s not bad for men, but it’s hard on us women. The men come here because of the sheep, and we come here because of the men, and most of us finish up looking like the sheep. Wrinkled faces, knotty hair, and not even much of a mind of our own. ” – Ida

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – In the Australian Outback a family of sheep herders who roam the countryside debate whether they want to finally settle down or keep moving as they always have done.

My Take on it – Here is yet another film that I had never heard of before watching it for this series.

I originally believed it to be a Western until I started watching and heard the Australian accents of the characters.

Stars Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr do fine jobs with the accents and they do sound convincing.

Peter Ustinov is also good here, but none of the three give an outstanding performance here.

The idea of whether a nomadic lifestyle or permanent one is best for a family is debated by the characters, but none of them feel passionate enough about their stance on the situation.

The story itself is nice but extremely bland and not much happens that one could call interesting or even exciting and the film just moves with a slow momentum all the way through.

I must admit that I’m a bit baffled how this film got nominated for Best Picture that year.

Bottom Line – Mitchum, Kerr and Ustinov are all fine here, but none of them give a breakout performance here.  The story is bland and not much happens in order to try and keep things interesting the whole time.  Not quite sure how this film got nominated for Best Picture that year.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gary Cooper was originally cast in the lead role of Paddy Carmondy, but had to back out due to poor health. Errol Flynn replaced him, but he suddenly passed away before production began. Robert Mitchum stepped into the role for the chance to act with his good friend Deborah Kerr, whom he had previously co-starred with in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957). Mitchum agreed to give Kerr top billing, joking to the production team, “You can design a twenty-four foot sign of me bowing to her if you like.” (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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