As a screenwriter Robert Towne (CHINATOWN; THE LAST DETAIL; SHAMPOO) has few peers. But TEQUILA SUNRISE, which he also directed, concentrates on dialog at the expense of visuals and fails to engage the viewer completely. The movie focuses on two old high school friends, Dale McKussic and
Nick Frescia (Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell), who have grown up on opposite sides of the law. Nick is a police lieutenant in charge of Los Angeles County's drug task force, while Dale is a wealthy cocaine dealer who is trying, against the resistance of his associates, to retire from dealing. Dale
agrees to make one last score, which will also pay off a personal debt owed to a mysteri...