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Quigley Down Under (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  19 October 1990 (USA)
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Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.



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Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from America by an Australian rancher so he can shoot aborigines at a distance. Quigley takes exception to this and leaves. The rancher tries to kill him for refusing, and Quigley escapes into the brush with a woman he rescued from some of the rancher's men, and are helped by aborigines. Quigley returns the help, before going on to destroy all his enemies. Written by Ed Sutton {}

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Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Gun, a Woman and... A Kiss  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$21,413,105 (USA)

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Quigley's uncanny ability to shoot accurately to 1200 yards and beyond with iron sights is not as far-fetched as it sounds. In the 1874 Second Battle of Adobe Wells, in northern Texas, William Dixon used a .50-110 Sharps to shoot an Indian off his horse from 1,538 yards. This is nine-tenths of a mile, and such a heavy bullet propelled by black powder would have a trajectory similar to that of an arrow fired from 100 yards, striking its target at a 30-degree down angle. Dixon claimed his shot was one of utter luck. See more »


In the distant shot of Quigley tying his bandanna around his wounded leg as the soldiers ride away in the distance, the sun is just about to set behind a hill. Just before and after that shot, the shadow of his hat falling on his face and shoulders shows that the sun is high overhead. In addition, there should be three dead men on the ground -- Marston, the Scotsman, and the Kid - but only two are visible and in different positions. See more »


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A Memorable Western, Eh Mate?
14 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a bit a twist: a western in which the setting is Australia, not the United States. Yet, the film features two American characters, played by Tom Selleck and Laura San Giacomo. It's a simple, well-done revenge story with a nice slow-developing romance as the subplot. Meanhile, Alan Rickman, who was good at this sort of thing, plays the hated, despicable villain.

The movie is appealing because it has a good mixture of action (and that is mixed, too, not just the same kind of fistfights or gun battles), romance, nice scenery and a little comedy thrown in. There's also a little PC thrown in as the good guys help out the downtrodden Aborigines, victims of racism by Rickman and his henchmen.

Warning: this a rough film in parts with a couple of harrowing scenes, such as people being pushed off cliffs, Selleck brutally beaten several times and wild vicious dingoes threatening San Giacamo and a little baby, but the action never goes on too long.

All in all, I found it one of the more memorable westerns I've watched. If for nothing else, the awesome sound of Selleck's Sharp Calibre .44 rifle makes this film hard to forget.

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