Shoot the Sun Down

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  • NR
  • 1978
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 4.6  (227)

Shoot the Sun Down is a unique western movie that was released in 1978. It tells the story of a group of treasure hunters that set out on a journey to find a fabled cache of gold in the southwest. The film stars Margot Kidder, Geoffrey Lewis, and Christopher Walken, and is directed by David Leeds. The movie begins with a group of travelers headed west. They are a mix of different personalities who come from different walks of life. There's the tough gunslinger, the naive teacher, the eccentric inventor, and the beautiful femme fatale. They are all brought together by the lure of gold and the promise of adventure. Their journey takes them through scenic deserts, mountains, and into the heart of the American frontier.

As they travel, they come across a mysterious stranger played by Christopher Walken. He is a lone, enigmatic character who seems to be stalking them. Walken's character adds a layer of intrigue to the movie, as the viewer is left to wonder about what his real intentions are.

The travelers soon come across a strange and abandoned ghost town. They discover that the town was once populated by a group of French utopian socialists trying to build a new society in the desert. However, their plans ended in disaster, and the town was abandoned. This discovery piques the interest of the treasure hunters. They start to believe that the town holds the key to the location of the treasure.

It's not long before things start to take a turn for the worse. The travelers discover that they are not alone in their quest for the treasure. They come across a group of dangerous bandits who are also searching for the gold. Tensions start to rise as the two groups engage in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

The treasure hunters soon realize that the bandits are not the only ones they have to worry about. They also have to contend with the harsh and unforgiving landscape of the New Mexico desert. They find themselves confronted with environmental hazards such as sandstorms, snakes, and lack of water.

Throughout the movie, the characters are forced to navigate a world that is unforgiving and treacherous. They are constantly on the lookout for danger and faced with hard choices. As they uncover the truth about the abandoned town and their fellow treasure hunters, they also start to discover more about themselves. The journey is one of self-discovery, as the characters are forced to confront their past and their motivations.

One of the most unique aspects of Shoot the Sun Down is its cinematography. The film makes full use of the stunning landscapes of the New Mexico desert. The expansive shots of the landscape in the film creates an atmosphere of isolation, beauty, and harshness. The desert becomes a character in its own right, lending a sense of realism and authenticity to the movie.

The performances by the cast are also noteworthy. Margot Kidder delivers a solid performance as the seductive and manipulative femme fatale. Her character is equal parts alluring and dangerous, adding a layer of complexity to the movie. Geoffrey Lewis delivers a powerful performance as the inventor, who is eccentric and quirky but also a bit unhinged. And Christopher Walken's performance is enigmatic and captivating, adding a sense of mystery to the movie.

In conclusion, Shoot the Sun Down is a must-see for anyone looking for a unique western experience. The movie features stunning cinematography, captivating performances, and an engaging storyline. It's a movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as the characters navigate a world that is fraught with danger and intrigue.

Shoot the Sun Down is a 1978 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.6.

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    1 hr 39 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    4.6  (227)