Decision at Sundown

Decision at Sundown is a 1957 Technicolor western directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott. It is one of seven Boetticher/Scott western collaborations, including Seven Men from Now, The Tall T, Buchanan Rides Alone, Westbound, Ride Lonesome and Comanche Station.

Decision at Sundown
Directed byBudd Boetticher
Produced byHarry Joe Brown
Written byCharles G. Lang (screenplay)
Based onDecision at Sundown
1955 novel
by Vernon L. Fluharty
StarringRandolph Scott
John Carroll
Karen Steele
Music byHeinz Roemheld
CinematographyBurnett Guffey
Edited byAl Clark
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
November 10, 1957
Running time
77 mins.
CountryUnited States

Boetticher said this film and Westbound were the only mediocre films he made as part of the Ranown cycle.[1]


Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) rides into a sleepy town named Sundown with the intention of killing local boss Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll) by sundown.

Some years earlier, Kimbrough had an affair with Allison’s wife, who later committed suicide. Tensions build as sundown approaches, not just between Allison and Kimbrough, but among the townspeople as well.


DVD release

In 2008 a DVD box set of five Budd Boetticher films starring Randolph Scott was released. Along with Decision at Sundown the set includes Buchanan Rides Alone, Comanche Station, Ride Lonesome, and The Tall T.[2]

See also


  1. Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.
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