The Sundowners ★★

Tiresome, one-dimensional, well-photographed "epic" drama -- with a great cast, so don't let their names fool you -- of a nomadic sheep-shearing family in Australia and their inept attempts at settling down, dramatized through a whole procession of wildly bad decisions. The various animals depicted along the way provide more entertainment and charm than the bloated human narrative; a steely Deborah Kerr tries to rein in Robert Mitchum's wheezing excess but fails. Though it's not a comedy, it's the kind of film in which a mass fistfight is viewed as both automatically funny and as an ideal form of communication. The climax dealing with a horse and some bad financial planning is really kind of infuriating.