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The Sunset Limited (2011)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 12 February 2011
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Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs.

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Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs in this play by Cormac McCarthey. The black guy, a former convict who believes in God, just saved the white agnostic professor from jumping in front of the express train. He won't let the depressed man leave, without following him, and feel he's in this situation for a reason, decided by God. An intense chamber play about belief or unbelief, and a conversation about what's true and important in life, or not. Written by OJT

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Nothing is ever black or white.

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Due to his long-time friendship with Tommy Lee Jones, the normally private Cormac McCarthy made visits to the set to give advice on his script. See more »

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Black (Samuel L. Jackson) sits down in the middle of the couch and puts his arms across the back. In the next shot, he's a little more to one side with one arm resting on the side of the couch. In a shot after that, he's back sitting in the middle of the couch. 1:13-1:14 See more »

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Black: So what am I supposed to do with you, Professor?
White: Why are you supposed to do anything?
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Ain't Gonna Rain No More
Arranged by Alan Lomax
Field Recording of 8 Kirby Industrial School Girls by Alan Lomax and Ruby Terrill Lomax
Courtesy of Rounder Records & The Alan Lomax Archive
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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The Sunset is not Limited
12 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two men trapped in a room with their opposing beliefs. The words of Cormac McCarthy. The direction of Tommy Lee Jones. The powerhouse combination of Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones. Two actors. One room. Big Ideas. Emotions run high. The essence of Drama is Conflict.

This 90 minute look at two men's opposing beliefs is strong and will resonate with the viewer long after it is over. It's the story of a man who wants to end his life and another man who wants to save it. What rings true is the direction of Tommy Lee Jones. It gels so well with the words of Cormac McCarthy.

These two actors gel even better making it all the richer. Jackson has the flashier role where Jones plays his complexly understated. If any actor could raise your heart rate by talking it's Sam Jackson. His character's belief in God is sincere and matched with Jones's dark, realistic view of the world.

Speaking of realistic-Don't go looking for a neat ending. This film stays true to it's subject matter and these actors stay even truer to their characters. Jones, as a student of theater and literature, knows as a director to let the words live and breathe. Because he does Jackson and him make a monument out of two chairs and a table in a small room. This sunset is anything but limited.


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