Tequila Sunrise

Synopsis: Mac Mckussic is an unlikely drug dealer who wants to go straight. His old and best friend Nick Frescia is now a cop who is assigned to investigate and bring him to justice. Mac is very attracted to Jo Ann, the owner of a stylish restaurant. Nick gets close to Jo Ann attempting to know more about Mac's drug dealing plans and his connections with the Mexican dealer Carlos, who the police believe is coming to town to meet with him. Nick also falls for Jo Ann's charms and his friendship with Mac is in danger.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Robert Towne
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Mac saw you coming a mile away.

How did you know he wasn't holding?

Was Andy Leonard?

You busted him.

No coke. No sale.

No conspiracy to sell.

All you've got is a conversation...

...with a chickenshit

Century City lawyer.

And an entrapment lawsuit.

Mac's lawyers would make

mincemeat of you.

I let him walk to save you

from a bad bust.


I did you a favor.

(JO OVER TELEPHONE) How are you?

(MAC OVER TELEPHONE) Fine, thanks.


What is it?

It's McKussic.

You're kidding.

He's in and out of this place

all the time.

Andy Leonard's the lawyer

for this restaurant.

McKussic and the Vallenaris

talk drugs and money?

They're careful what they say.


Let me hear.

I told you they're real careful.

I'm sure you're right.

Could I hear?

Yeah, sure!

(JO OVER RADIO) In that case,

why don't I give you a taste...

... of something different tonight?

How about...

... rigatoni?



Rigatoni quattro formaggi, a

creamy blend of four Italian cheeses.

Fontina, taleggio,

gorgonzola, and parmigiano.


Sounds good.

Sounds good to me too.

Look, before we spend another

$5,000 to hear what Mac eats...

...take my guys off the clock

and let me ask him.

Unless you guarantee the Feds

are picking up the tab tonight.


What's good?


Why, are you hungry?

I missed dinner.

- What are you having?


Something like

rigatoni quattro formaggi?

Good guess.

Dinner's over, Bart.

Pay the tab at the bar.

L.A. Narcotics and the D.E. A...

...are arguing about

what you're doing here.


You deal drugs

and don't pay taxes.

I'm not active these days.

But you're a legend around here.

Not only that, you're white.

They figure they'll be able

to see your picture in the paper.

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Robert Towne

Robert Towne (born Robert Bertram Schwartz; November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. His most notable work was his Academy Award-winning original screenplay for Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974), which is widely considered one of the greatest movie screenplays ever written. He also wrote its sequel The Two Jakes in 1990, and wrote the Hal Ashby comedy-dramas The Last Detail (1973), and Shampoo (1975), as well as the first two Mission Impossible films (1996, 2000). more…

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