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A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

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Storyline

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the four Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and - more importantly - save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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This land will be civilized.

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Crime | Drama | Western

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Rated R for strong grisly violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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6 October 2005 (Australia)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,723 (USA) (19 May 2006)

Gross:

$1,900,725 (USA) (8 September 2006)
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Neither Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) nor Jellon Lamb (John Hurt) kill anybody or even fire their guns throughout the whole movie, despite being a policeman and a bounty hunter, respectively. See more »

Goofs

Jellon Lamb claims early in the movie that Charles Darwin had claimed in "On the origin of species by means of natural selection" that man shares common ancestors with apes. This claim was not made by Darwin in "On the origin of species", but in "On the descent of man". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Stanley: Do I need to introduce myself?
Charlie Burns: I know who you are.
Captain Stanley: Good. I know who you are.
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There Is a Happy Land
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Traditional
Music by Leonard P. Breedlove (uncredited) (1850)
Words by Andrew Young (1838)
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Why is everyone so focused on the gore & blood?
27 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I don't enjoy violence in movies, especially if it's unnecessary. But this movie was justified in its use. Calling this movie very violent or bloody is misunderstanding the movie - it's taking the focus away from what matters in the movie: the landscape, the directing, the music, the characters as they are being acted out the story as it's unfolding. The violence connects you with the feelings and thoughts of the characters and conveys the the mood of the era - I came away feeling as if I had experienced living in "wild" Queensland. The story is simple but it's very well executed. And needless to say, I've learned from every single Guy Pearce movie I've seen. Ray Winstone was incredible, Emily Watson very effective, and John Hurt was a pleasurable bonus.

The ending is poetic and beautifully done.


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