The Sundowners
First screened in April 2010
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr, Michael Anderson, Jr., Peter Ustinov, Glynis Johns, Dina Merrill, Ewen Solon, Lola Brooks, John Meillon, Max Osbiston, Mercia Barden, Chips Rafferty, Wylie Watson. Screenplay: Isobel Lennart (based on the novel by Jon Cleary).

Twitter Capsule: A family story, lushly shot, accessible to kids, richer for adults. Hard to do! Mitchum and Kerr make a great pair.

VOR:   I've been pleased to learn both times I've posted about The Sundowners how well-loved it remains. Not a formal milestone, maybe, but proficient in every way.

Photo © 1960 Warner Bros. Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann
Best Actress: Deborah Kerr
Best Supporting Actress: Glynis Johns
Best Adapted Screenplay: Isobel Lennart

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann
Special Merit Award

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Kerr)
National Board of Review: Best Actor (Mitchum; also cited for Home from the Hill)

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