The Sunset Limited (film)

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The Sunset Limited
The Sunset Limited.jpg
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones
Produced by Barbara A. Hall
Written by Cormac McCarthy (play/screenplay)
Starring Tommy Lee Jones
Samuel L. Jackson
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Paul Elliott
Editing by Roberto Silvi
Larry Madaras
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • February 12, 2011 (2011-02-12)
Running time 91 minutes

The Sunset Limited is a 2011 television film based on the play written by Cormac McCarthy. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.


Two men with opposing beliefs confront each other in an apartment.

The film starts out with Black (Samuel L. Jackson) and White (Tommy Lee Jones) conversing about White's attempted suicide. White feels as though everything ends up in death, and that his life is minuscule in the throes of time.

From White's point of view, no matter how great someone or something is, all that is created eventually fades away. This is the opposite of what Black believes. He believes that there is a God and that we all must go through the troubles of life to get to paradise (Heaven). By his own account, his story is that of a man who has committed murder and was far away from God, but has now changed.

Black feels that he can persuade White from committing suicide. With Black stopping White right before he was about to kill himself, Black feels that this is destiny. In the end, Black is not able to persuade White from suicide; he lets him leave the apartment. When White leaves, Black is left pondering why God would put him in a position to save this man's life knowing that there is nothing that he can do to stop White from going through with the suicide.



The film received generally favourable reviews [1]. However, describing the film as a "dorm-room argument masquerading as a drama," The New York Times panned the film. The characters are deemed empty vessels for the author's language and notions, "so purely rhetorical and dramatically inert that you never feel as if you are in the room with them."[1]

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  1. ^ Hale, Mike (11 February 2011). "After Saving a Jumper, The Chat That Ensues". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 March 2013.