The Sundowners
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Director Fred Zinnemann was riding a crest in the '50s with movies like High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, and his success continues in this western-style drama set in Australia in the 1920s. Ida Carmody (Deborah Kerr) is married to Paddy (Robert Mitchum), a sheep drover whose nomadic existence makes him blissfully content. Neither Ida nor their son Sean share his love for roaming, in fact, Ida convinces her husband to take on a job as a sheep-shearer so they can finally have enough to get a mortgage on a farm. At first Paddy agrees but obviously does not know his own mind because… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Zinnemann's customary care for detail pays occasional dividends, but the film goes on rather too long."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"an enough enjoyable diversion"
‑ Paul Brenner,
"A splendid, sprawling saga of Australia."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What is nice about these people and valid about this film, is that they have an abundance of freshness, openness and vitality."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"...the film's lack of plot never becomes as pronounced as one might've feared..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Overblown, but resolutely attractive star vehicle."
‑ , Film4
"A touching Fred Zinnemann movie."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"This sprawling, often boring saga of Aussie nomads in the 1920s is directed by Zinnemann with his customary tamed discipline and human realism, elevated by the solid ensemble."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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