The Sunset Limited

The Sunset Limited

DVD - 2012
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A searing two character drama about the choice people frequently make, to go on or give in to despair. Set in a New York tenement apartment, the story focuses on two very different men: a black ex-con who claims to hear the voice of Jesus, and the white professor he stopped from throwing himself in front of an oncoming train.
Publisher: [United States] : Home Box Office : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2012
ISBN: 9780780683914
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4572 SUN
DVD 791.4572 SUN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 09, 2019

If this was an actual live performance the initial clumsy interaction between Jones and Jackson would be acceptable. Since this is a recorded version this appears to be an unpardonable sin.

As it was, Jones and Jackson finally got their acts together at about the one hour mark - the remainder of the "play" being quite remarkable. I'm glad I lasted through the first hour.

Aug 28, 2016

Film adaptation of a play by Cormac McCarthy ( directed by Tommy Lee Jones )- this is a two person debate about God that takes place in a single room over the course of one night. The quality of the writing and acting makes this an interesting production- it raises a lot of questions.
if you're interested in seeing more ' cinematic ' films by Jones check out " The Homesman " and " The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada "- both quality films.

Aug 27, 2016

This is a 2011 television film directed by Tommy Lee Jones, based on the play written by Cormac McCarthy.
Talking, talking, talking, talking, talking, ... nothing else.
I feel as if I were listening to a radio play, instead of watching a movie.
Tommy Lee Jones is a good actor, BUT a bad director with little cinematic creativity and no cinematic imagination.
I don't think he knows how to make a movie.
He should've dipicted the jailhouse stories in the form of flashback and the bitch fight in the form of dramatic actions, instead of the recorded dialogues.
Although I see some meaningful dialogues, this film turns out a piece of celluloid bullshit.

7duffy Mar 28, 2015

Conversation between 2 characters (their names are Black & White) on the existence of God. Excellent portrayal by JLJ & TLJ. Thought provoking on both sides. I agree with previous viewers, probably better as a 2-man play, but this is still a good 2nd option.

Dec 21, 2012


kevfarley Nov 05, 2012

Facinating !!,.. if one works at following it . ( 3.5 out of 5 stars)

howardpoole Sep 05, 2012

An interesting dialogue between 2 great actors. I knew very little about this film before, and it kept me glued to my seat throughout. Well done

Aug 14, 2012

i enjoy movies based on plays as they focus so much more on dialogue/characters, this was nicely wordy, though i'm not sure the end was the most realistic conclusion.

Aug 11, 2012

Two guys in a room. Bla bla bla bla bla. Thats your movie

May 17, 2012

Powerful, thought-provoking, and superbly acted -- just what I've come to expect from HBO films. There's only one significant flaw: it's the wrong medium. It was originally a stage play, and plays like this rarely do as well as films. It's simply too, well, stagey, and the suspension of disbelief -- about the dialogue, the characters, and their situation -- that comes easily in a live theatre performance just does not apply to a filmed version. Still, if you never have the chance to see this live, the filmed version is a good second choice.

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