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
Production: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.0
Metacritic:
62
Rotten Tomatoes:
40%
R
Year:
1988
115 min
373 Views


MAC:

Whose idea was this?

ANDY:

What idea?

MAC:

Meeting here.

ANDY:

Theirs.

ANDY:
Why?

MAC:
It looks like we're dealing dope.

(RADIO STATIC)

MAC:

You like static?

ANDY:

It's tough getting FM.

MAC:
Under a freeway

and high tension wires.

These guys are late. What time

were they going to meet you?

ANDY:
7:00.

MAC:
Yeah, they're real late.

ANDY:

Okay, what do I do about it now?

MAC:
Why don't you just back up

and see if you can get K-EARTH?

(CAR ENGINE)

(CAR IN MOTION)

MAC:
Boy, this is not cool. He ought

to lower his brights, at least.

MAC:

Lights, goddamn it!

ANDY:
Jesus Christ!

We're just meeting here...

... to make sure

we weren't followed.

(CAR DOOR OPENS)

MAC:

Christ, how did I get here?

(CAR DOOR OPENS)

ANDY:
He's got the cash.

Now we got to go weigh it and test it.

MAC:
Why not just do it

on the hood of the car?

MAC:

Stop here.

What are you looking at?

MAC:

Peanut shells.

MAC:

Right! Jesus!

Go in the room and leave the door

unlocked. I'll be there soon.

What were you doing?

(KNOCK ON DOOR)

ANDY:

Who is it?

LELAND:

It's Leland, Dan.

- Andy, how you doing, baby?

ANDY:
Great.

Say hello to Nick.

Nick's my partner.

NICK:

Hold it.

Who the f*ck is that?

It's a friend.

He's not my friend.

And I got all the friends I need.

He's my ride.

He drove me, that's all.

Let him wait in the car.

I don't like meeting strangers.

ANDY:

Really, he's just a friend of mine.

Hey, that's cool.

MAC:
Just let me take a quick leak

and I'll be out of here.

Deal's still good.

How do you want

to weigh and test it?

We'll work it out, Andy.

Maybe you shouldn't be looking for

any new faces in your life, either.

Fine with me.

I'll wait outside.

NICK:
I thought you retired.

MAC:
I am retired.

- Then what are you doing here?

- A favor.

You mean, a felony favor.

A client paid him with coke.

I'm holding his hand

while he sells it.

Man, that is one

flimsy fucking excuse.

He also says his customer asks more

questions about me than the dope.

My phones have

funny little noises on them.

You're setting me up, Nick.

Not tonight, pal.

I got here by accident.

Talk about a flimsy fucking excuse!

Later.

This is going down right now.

And do yourself a favor.

Don't go back to the car.

Don't you go back to the room.

There's no evidence.

I'm sorry. I couldn't afford to have

him busted, as dumb as he is.

He's my lawyer.

Who authorized this shit?

You did, lieutenant.

Look, that's what

we were told, okay?

COP 1:

What a waste of time.

(OVER RADIO) Units 3, 4 and 5,

return to parking lot.

(OVER RADIO)

Units 6 and 7...

... check all of the exits and the

stairwell. Look at those vents...

(COP 2) Got a runner

going across the freeway!

MAC:
Fucking-A!

MAC:
Must be the only fucking phone

I've ever met that don't...

Get in there!

JO:
Vallenari's. Good evening.

- Hi, this is Dale McKussic.

Mr. McKussic, I'm sorry.

It's a little noisy in here.

Aren't we seeing you this evening?

I don't think

I'll make my reservation.

I'm going to be a little late.

How late will you be?

I don't know.

How late is the kitchen open?

Tell me something, Hal.

When you asked me to help, did you

know who you were asking me to bust?

I knew who it was.

Why didn't you bust him?

You know that too.

He's a friend of mine.

I'll tell you what I heard

when I came to L.A.

Nick won't work South Bay

because he won't bust McKussic.

Tonight you proved that.

You not only let him walk...

...you kicked him out and gave

him a personal escort. Why?

Because you're predictable, Hal.

You're very predictable.

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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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