Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise (1988)

A business on the line. A friendship on the edge. A woman caught in the middle.

  • Genre: Crime, Romance, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1988-12-02
  • User Rating: 6.1/10 from 427 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Cinema City Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Robert Towne
star 6.1/10
From 427 Ratings


In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon Nick's loyalties are put to the test when he begins an affair with restaurateur Jo Ann -- a love interest of Mac's -- unwittingly leading his friend into a police-orchestrated trap.


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  • Mel Gibson

    as Dale "Mac" McKussic
  • Michelle Pfeiffer

    as Jo Ann Vallenari
  • Kurt Russell

    as Lieutenant Nick Frescia
  • Raúl Juliá

    as Commandante Xavier Escalante
  • J.T. Walsh

    as DEA Agent Hal McGuire
  • Arliss Howard

    as Gregg Lindroff
  • Arye Gross

    as Andy Leonard
  • Gabriel Damon

    as Cody McKussic
  • Daniel Zacapa

    as Arturo, bartender at Vallenari's (credited as Garret Pearson)
  • Eric Thiele

    as Vittorio
  • Tom Nolan

    as Leland
  • Dawn Martel

    as Sin Sister #1
  • Lala Sloatman

    as Sin Sister #2
  • Budd Boetticher

    as Judge Nizetitch
  • Ann Magnuson

    as Shaleen McKussic
  • Kenny Moore

    as Woody
  • Jason Randal

    as Magician
  • Bob Swain

    as Ralph Spudder
  • Jim Bentley

    as Cop
  • Eric Waterhouse

    as Steve
  • Geno Silva

    as Mexican Cop
  • Daniel Ades

    as Pepe
  • Efrain Figueroa

    as Carlos' Man #1
  • Tomás Goros

    as Carlos' Man #2
  • Austin Hawk

    as Lifeguard #1
  • Scott Harms

    as Lifeguard #2
  • Sarah Davis

    as Girl in Restaurant
  • John D. Steele

    as Man at Party
  • David Rees

    as Man in Party
  • Oscar Abadia

    as Self - KLVE
  • Jim Ladd

    as Self - KMPC
  • Tom Schnabel

    as Self - KCRW
  • Sharmagne Leland-St. John

    as Woman in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Camera Conrad L. Hall Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Julie Weiss Costume Design
Production Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Art Rick Simpson Set Decoration
Sound Gordon Davidson Sound Editor
Art Peter Landsdown Smith Art Direction
Camera John Toll Second Unit Director of Photography
Production Thom Mount Producer
Crew Tim Gilbert Stunts
Art Richard Sylbert Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Dorothy J. Pearl Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Toni-Ann Walker Hairstylist
Sound Ellen Heuer Foley
Editing Claire Simpson Editor
Writing Robert Towne Screenplay
Directing Robert Towne Director
Sound Victoria Rose Sampson Sound Editor
Crew Jay Cassidy Post Production Supervisor
Camera Jamie Anderson Camera Operator
Crew Freddie Hice Stunts
Crew Bobby Bass Stunt Coordinator
Sound Greg P. Russell Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Dave Grusin Original Music Composer
Camera Robert Seaman Second Unit Director of Photography
Sound William C. Carruth Supervising ADR Editor
Crew David S. Cass Sr. Stunt Coordinator
Sound Kay Rose Supervising Sound Editor
Crew Dick Ziker Stunts
Production Tom Shaw Executive Producer
Production Tom Shaw Unit Production Manager
Sound John Roesch Foley
Camera François Duhamel Still Photographer
Costume & Make-Up Ronald I. Caplan Costume Supervisor
Sound Dan O'Connell ADR Mixer
Sound Randall L. Johnson Boom Operator
Sound James Flamberg Music Editor
Camera Randy Nolen Steadicam Operator
Sound Jayme S. Parker Sound Editor
Sound Robert J. Litt Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Solange S. Schwalbe Foley Editor
Sound James Simcik ADR Editor
Sound Danny Bramson Music Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Peter V. Saldutti Costume Supervisor
Directing Mary A. Kelly Script Supervisor
Production Sharmagne Leland-St. John Researcher
Sound Chester Slomka Sound Editor
Art Roger Irvin Construction Coordinator
Crew Ron Frazier Carpenter
Art Judy Cammer Set Designer
Crew Jerry D. Williams Special Effects
Lighting Larry Gilhooly Chief Lighting Technician
Sound Jack Schrader Foley Editor
Lighting Patrick Marshall Rigging Gaffer
Art Dan Perri Title Designer
Sound James J. Isaacs Sound Editor
Camera Tom May Key Grip
Camera Lee Nakahara Camera Operator
Camera Danny Jimenez Dolly Grip
Sound Butch Wolf Foley Editor
Sound Richard Oswald Sound Editor