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->''"They broke every rule, loved every woman, took every risk and solved the most shocking murder in the history of Beverly Hills. And it's all true. Give or take a lie or two."''

''Sunset'' is a 1988 film written and directed by Creator/BlakeEdwards, starring Creator/BruceWillis as legendary western actor Tom Mix and Creator/JamesGarner as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp (a role Garner had previously played in John Sturges' 1967 film ''Hour of the Gun''). The story is based on Rod Amateau's novel ''Sunset'', which was loosely based on fact as Earp actually did serve as technical adviser for some early silent westerns.

The film is set in the Hollywood of the late 1920s, during the waning days of the industry's transition to sound film. Producer and studio head Alfie Alperin (Creator/MalcolmMcDowell) wants to produce a great Western movie about Wyatt Earp. Tom Mix is cast as the great United States Marshal and the ''real'' Earp is on set as a technical adviser. But before Earp and Mix can start their movie adventure they are caught in a real case of murder, prostitution and corruption. Together they try to straighten out the problems of the missing son of Earp's former girlfriend, Christina. But now she is Alfie's wife -- and he isn't amused by Earp's investigations. The fact that the young man's older sister is dating a notorious mobster and that all three were at the scene of a murder doesn't help. Soon Earp unveils the true sadistic character of Alfie, and after the death of Christina [[ItsPersonal matters become personal]].

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!!''Sunset'' contains examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Michael Alperin is a lush who beats up women when he is drunk.
* AndImTheQueenOfSheba: Happens when Wyatt Earp introduces himself to Michael Alperin for the first time:
-->'''Michael:''' Then I'm Billy the Kid! And this here's Calamity Jane!\\
'''Wyatt:''' No, she's not. Martha Jane Canary was a dear and selfless woman but she looked like an unmade bed. This young lady is far too pretty
* BadBoss: Studio head Alfie Alperin is a sadist who will inflict physical punishment on employees who have failed him.
* BaitAndSwitchGunshot: At the end of the fight on the pier, Alfie has seized the gun and drawn a bead on Tom Mix. There is a shot and, after a second, Alfie topples forward and Wyatt walks into sight, Peacemaker in hand.
* BarBrawl: Wyatt Earp watches a bar brawl being filmed for the FilmWithinAFilm about his life, and then remarks to Mix that he had never been in a fight like that in his life.
* BrandishmentBluff: The shotgun that is a mop.
* ButchLesbian: Invoked, Cheryl admits to dressing as a man so that people will assume she's Candy's lover. [[spoiler: Actually she's her daughter.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Give or take a lie or two."
** Becomes a BorrowedCatchphrase and even makes it into the closing credits.
* TheCoatsAreOff: Victoria's houseman, who is the former Australian light heavyweight boxing champion, takes off his jacket before squaring off against Tom Mix.
* CoolCar: Tom Mix owns several, including a huge Packard convertible with steer horns.
* TheCorpseStopsHere: This is how Michael is framed for the murder. Michael, who is already drunk, is drugged and sent into the cabin where Candy's body is tied up with an icepick in it. A few minutes later, an arranged police raid occurs.
* DestinationDefenestration: Tom Mix punches the Australian houseman through the closed French windows of Victoria's house. Being on the ground floor, this is not as fatal as this trope often is.
* DinerBrawl: Two stuntmen are paid by Dibner to pick a fight with Mix in the ''El Coyote'' restaurant. Earp tricks them into looking under the table, which Cheryl then kicks into them. They try to retaliate but are quickly jumped by Mix's friends.
* DirtyCop: Captain Blackworth, a.k.a. "Dirty Bernie", who is on the payroll of gangster Dutch Kieffer.
* TheDogBitesBack: At the end of the movie, Alperin's badly abused chauffeur Arthur is driving his boss to his yacht so he can make a getaway. After one insult too mant, Arthur drives past the yacht and accelerates, driving off the end of the pier with him and Alperin still in the car.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Wyatt Earp, mostly because he doesn't know how to drive.
* EndOfAnAge: Both the Old West (already gone) and silent movies (soon to go).
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Tom Mix tells Wyatt Earp that he's not what he expected, being so cultured. Wyatt Earp replies that Tom's not what he expected either, he then ponders a moment before shrugging and resorting to this trope.
* FakeActionPrologue: The film opens with a robbery and a runaway stagecoach. It turns out to be a movie that Tom Mix is shooting.
* FalseRapeAccusation: Victoria has Mix arrested on false charges of rape and assault. The charges don't stick for very long, however.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Wyatt Earp first appears with his boots climbing down the steps at the rear of the train, far away from the hoopla happening at the other end.
* FryingPanOfDoom: Cheryl hits Captain Blackworth in the face with a frying pan in the kitchen of the Kit Kat Club, breaking his nose and blackening his eyes.
* GroinAttack: When Alperin's chauffeur Arthur attempts to crowd Earp, Earp responds by grabbing Arthur's junk and squeezing. Hard.
* GunTwirling: Tom Mix is seen doing this in the FilmWithinAFilm. However, when he gets in a real gunfight at the ranch, he just draws and fires.
* HatDamage: During the shootout at Mix's ranch, Tom Mix has his hat shot off his head. Wyatt hands it back to him, sticking his finger in the bullet hole and commenting on what a difference a couple of inches would have made.
* HoodHornament: Tom Mix drives a huge Packard convertible with steer horns mounted on the front. Mix actually had a car like this in RealLife.
* HorribleHollywood: Tom Mix himself is a decent fellow, but there is plenty of corruption and decadence.
* HorsebackHeroism: Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp are flying to Mix's ranch to rescue Tom's girlfriend Nancy from gangsters when engine trouble forces their plane down. Discovering they are only 15 miles from Mix's ranch, they borrow horses from a couple of friendly cowboys, and come charging to the rescue on horseback.
* ItsPersonal: Once Christina is murdered, the case becomes this for Earp.
* JuggleFu: During the fight in Victoria's house, Mix is slammed against a set of shelves and a (presumably valuable) vase falls off. Mix catches it, then throws it towards Australian houseman who is coming to punch him. The houseman is forced to abort his attack to catch it. The vase goes throw several more tosses before being shattered when Mix punches through it to hit the houseman in the face.
* KungShui: {{Lampshaded}} since the scene is actually being shot in a film about Wyatt Earp, in the presence of Wyatt Earp himself who comments on how unrealistic it is.
* MistakenForAnImposter: Michael Alperin refuses to believe that Wyatt Earp is the real Wyatt Earp when Wyatt first introduces himself. (From the way he reacts, it's possible Michael thought Wyatt Earp was dead.) Leads to a funny AndImTheQueenOfSheba moment.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Some critics felt like the trailers for this film played up comedic elements too much, when it's more of a mystery drama.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Alfie Alperin is very strongly based on Creator/CharlieChaplin. Of course, lawyers for the Chaplin estate probably would have something to say if the movie had Creator/CharlieChaplin commit the acts that Alfie does.
* PercussivePrevention: Wyatt Earp knocks punches a drunk Michael Alperin the in the face and knocks him out to prevent him from climbing out of the car when they are trying to spirit him away from the crime scene. Later, Tom Mix dives into the marina to save a drowning Arthur. Arthur can't swim and is panicking, so Mix knocks him out with a crank handle so he can tow him to safety.
* PistolWhipping: Wyatt Earp is knocked out by being rapped over the back of the head with a gun barrel while he is searching the Cadillac at the Kit Kat Club.
* ThePratfall: Alfie Alperin was a slapstick comedian before becoming a producer, and stays in shape. At the first Academy Awards, he puts on a display of his old act, including a classic pratfall where he attempts to put both feet on a table despite not sitting on anything.
* RetiredGunfighter: Wyatt Earp
* TheRoaringTwenties: The movie is set in Hollywood during the heydays of the silent movies.
* SlippingAMickey: Michael is slipped a mickey at the Candy Store, leading him into a TheCorpseStopsHere situation with Candy's body.
* StickEmUp: A gang of thugs is bluffed into thinking a mop handle is actually a shotgun.
* StockingFiller: The Spanish dancer in ''El Coyote'' is wearing stocking and susoenders, that are shown off to great effect while she is dancing the tango with Tom Mix.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Chief Dibner calls Wyatt Earp 'Wyatt' and Wyatt responds:
-->"And it's Mister Earp. Or Marshal. Or even just Earp. But not Wyatt. Not till I tell you."
* TwilightOfTheOldWest: Earp is watching his life being mythologised while he is still alive.
* USMarshal: Earp; retired, of course.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Earp did live in Hollywood in the 1920s, did act as a technical advisor on several silent westerns, and was close friends with Tom Mix (who served as a pallbearer at Earp's funeral). The murder is very loosely based on the events surrounding the death of Thomas Ince (which did not involve Earp or Mix in any way).
** In universe, Wyatt describes the film about his life as being "Just like it, give or take a lie or two." Variations of this phrase start being used by others about their own anecdotes.
* WouldHitAGirl: Alfie Alperin is a clinical sadist who takes out his urges on any who attract his ire. His favourite targets include his wife and his sister. He eventually beats his wife to death, and it is implied that he permanently crippled his sister's leg.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Alfie Alperin roughs up his sister Victoria enough to leave convincing injuries so she can press charges of assault and [[FalseRapeAccusation rape]] against Tom Mix.
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