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The Proposition (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Western  |  9 June 2006 (USA)
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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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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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$215,987 (Australia) (14 October 2005)

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$1,900,725 (USA) (8 September 2006)
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Although the story takes place in the 1880s, Jellon sings "Danny Boy" - which wasn't published until 1913. See more »

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[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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Music by Leonard P. Breedlove (uncredited) (1850)
Words by Andrew Young (1838)
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Aussie Western makes Tombstone look like Paradise.
8 October 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Nick Cave's essay in the true and tried Western format, shows how a harsh land (Colonial Australia) brutalizes the men who try and conquer it. Yet this tale has passages of lyricism that counterpoint the sudden moments of savagery. It is a very gritty often grisly picture of 19th Century Australia, warts and all, right down to swarms of blowflies. Perhaps the sadistic violence gets a bit over the top especially towards the end, but thanks to a fine cast, crisp direction, and the scorched cinematography it generally works. A standout performance in a minor role by John Hurt rather steals the show, while Ray Winstone and Emily Watson are particularly sensitive together. One suspects the harsh conditions are somewhat overstated for dramatic purposes, though the story is supposedly based on fact. Tombstone Territory never looked as unpleasant as this. It is certainly one of the most interesting period dramas made in Australia.


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