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Sundown (1941)





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Adapted by Barre Lyndon from his own Saturday Evening Post short story, Sundown takes place in Africa during WW2. British army major Coombes (George Sanders) cannot abide the local Arab population, and he has even less time for district commissioner Crawford (Bruce Cabot), who has befriended the natives. Crawford is particularly fond of the beautiful Zia (Gene Tierney), whom Coombes suspects of being a Nazi sympathizer. But when the British troops must make their way through treacherous uncharted territory, they are forced to rely upon the guidance of the enigmatic Zia. Cedric Hardwycke spouts reams and reams of symbolic dialogue as the local British bishop, while among the native extras is a very young Dorothy Dandridge. Impressively photographed (by Charles Lang) and directed (by Henry Hathaway), Sundown just misses being as profound as it obviously wants to be.

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Bruce Cabot
as William Crawford
Cedric Hardwicke
as Bishop Coombes
Carl Esmond
as Kuypens
Jeni Le Gon
as Miriami
Dorothy Dandridge
as Kipsang's Bride
Gilbert Emery
as Ashburton
Horace Walker
as Lecherous Old Man
Eddie Das
as Pindi
Prince Modupe
as Miriami's Sweetheart
Hassan Said
as Arab Reader
Wesley Gale
as Native Boy
Jester Hairston
as Native Boy
Curtis Nero
as Corporal of Askaris
Al Duval
as Magabul
Kenny Washington
as Sgt. Kumakwa
Woody Strode
as Tribal Policeman
William Broadus
as Village Headman
Ivan Browning
as Signal Man
William Dunn
as Kipsang's Victim
Tetsu Komai
as Kuypens' Shenzi Aide
Darby Jones
as Camel Man
Blue Washington
as Askari Veteran
Laurence La Mar
as Shenzi Informer
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Critic Reviews for Sundown

All Critics (2)

A beautiful movie that vividly narrates what arms trafficking can cause in the English colonies of Africa. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 10, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] dazzling combination of Charles Lang's Oscar-nominated photography and director Henry Hathaway's expert staging of several night battles.

January 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sundown


Not bad desert pic set in a time of colonialism in Kenya. Gene Tierney is fantastically beautiful but still green in front of the camera and miscast but she tries. George Sanders gives the best performance and seems looser than usual.

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