Michael Sauter
October 30, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Sunset Heat

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
performer
Dennis Hopper, Michael Pare
director
John Nicolella
author
John Allen Nelson
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an C

Despite its title, this thriller isn’t really so hot — not even in its unrated version, which contains two extra minutes of an explicit coupling. Sunset Heat‘s familiar plot concerns a reformed drug dealer (Michael Pare) who is wrongly accused of ripping off his expartner (Dennis Hopper) and given 24 hours to produce the missing money. Since Pare spends half that time making up with his old flame (Daphne Ashbrook), the suspense doesn’t exactly kill you. The only real heat comes from Hopper’s comic performance as a slow-burn psychotic. Both versions: C

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