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Quigley Down Under (1990)

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 {esutton@mindspring.com}

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There's a price on his head. A girl on his mind. And a twinkle in his eye. See more »


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19 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Quigley der Australier  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,413,105 (USA)
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The film was to have been Steve McQueen's follow-up to The Hunter (1980), but he fell ill shortly after filming The Hunter (1980), so the project was scrapped. It was revived several times throughout the 1980s, with various stars in mind for the lead. Harrison Ford was offered the lead role, but turned it down because he considered it too visibly similar to Indiana Jones. The role was offered to Tom Selleck twice, first in 1985, but he had to turn it down because of his commitment to Magnum, P.I. (1980). When this series concluded in 1988, he quickly asked if the role was still available and accepted it. The producers spent another year gathering a reasonable budget. See more »

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When Quigley arrives at Marston's ranch and Marston is looking at the paper with the bullet holes through it, the holes have been cleanly cut by the bullet. In fact, round nosed bullets such as the type Quigley's rifle uses leave ragged holes when shot through paper, especially at 900 yards. Only bullets with a sharp shoulder made for shooting paper targets will leave a clean hole. See more »

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[Quigley approaches Hobb, whom he's just shot]
Hobb: My back's broke...
Matthew Quigley: You're gut-shot, Hobb. Ain't nothin' I can do for you.
Hobb: Kill me...
Matthew Quigley: Where's Marston's station from here? How far's the nearest town?
Hobb: Why should I tell you?
Matthew Quigley: 'Cause if you don't, I'll let you live. Y'know, I'm new here, so I'm kinda curious. D'you think the dingoes'll get you first, or the ants?
Hobb: Don't leave me like this, Quigley! Marston's station's two days' ride southwest. Nikitanga's only twenty miles past the billabong...
Matthew Quigley: Talk ...
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One of the best westerns of modern times
14 May 2000 | by (Spotsylvania, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Unlike most "modern" westerns, this one is unburdened by the usual Hollywood flaws: overproduction, overacting and a massive cast of big names demanding their share of "face time." Selleck & San Giacomo do a masterful job of creating honest, three-dimensional characters facing a truly evil antagonist -- a part played with fiendish perfection by the superb Alan Rickman. Even the minor characters on both sides are well-cast and well-acted. Two other "stars" of this exceptionally fine film are Quigley's Sharps rifle and the musical score. The unusual, catchy theme will stick in your mind, and some of the dialogue will pass into screen legend, such as Quigley's remark about the Colt revolvers: "I said I didn't have much use for them. I never said I didn't know how to use one." To be sure, the writers take a few necessary liberties with the plot to make everything work, as in any movie, but it does work well. My wife, who is a gun enthusiast but not a big fan of westerns, has watched "Quigley" 7 or 8 times and never tires of it. There are a few films that will bear watching that often: The Usual Suspects, All About Eve, High Noon, Casablanca -- to name a few. Quigley is one of these.


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