Tequila Sunrise (1988)


“You go to a good deal of trouble to explain an inconsequential event, Lieutenant.” – Escalante

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 Times (Cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 23 Mar 2011 and 13 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A drug dealer and a cop who were best friends in high school don’t know what to do when they both fall for the same woman.

My Take on it – Mel Gibson, Kurt Russell and Michelle Pfeiffer were all at the heights of their careers when this film came out and teaming the three of them up for a film was the right idea.

Unfortunately the script itself isn’t good enough to sustain them.

The characters played by Russell and Gibson actually have nice chemistry together and we can easily see the bond between them that has withstood many years despite their opposing career choices.

The biggest problem tho is the fact that neither of the leading men have good chemistry with Pfeiffer who looks good here, but doesn’t have much else to do besides that.

I have always loved Raul Julia’s work and he does a great job here as a typical government official trying to capture a drug lord.

This films relies too heavily on plot twists that only work the first time one sees the film and they have trouble sustaining interest once you already know how it will play out.

The best thing about this film is the theme songs which I happen to love.

Check out Surrender to Me by Ann Wilson and Robin Zander here:

Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre crime thriller. The relationship between Russell and Gibson works but neither has real chemistry with Pfeiffer. Julia is always great in everything he does and it was fun seeing him here also. The twists in this film work the first time around, but don’t hold up on subsequent watches.  Great theme songs is the best part of this film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The hot tub was not built properly or chlorinated. Michelle Pfeiffer, her double, and Mel Gibson got skin rashes and splinters from the wood. Production shut down for a few days, while Pfeiffer recovered from her rash. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)

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