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The Sundowners

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United Kingdom, United States, Australia · 1960
2h 13m
Director Fred Zinnemann
Starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Peter Ustinov, Michael Anderson Jr.
Genre Adventure

In the Australian Outback, the Carmody family -- Paddy, Ida, and their teenage son Sean -- are nomadic sheep drovers. Ida and Sean want to settle down and buy a farm. Paddy wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, the birth of a child, drinking, gambling and a race horse will all have a part in the final decision.

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The New Yorker by Pauline Kael

Though the story builds slowly (and the first half may seem a little pokey), the characters are more red-blooded and vigorous and eccentric than in most other Zinnemann films.

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