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The Proposition (2005)

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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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9 June 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,900,725 (USA) (8 September 2006)
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Nick Cave finished the script in three weeks. See more »

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Captain Stanley says of Australia "What fresh Hell is this?" The scene takes place in the 1880s, yet the quote is attributed to Dorothy Parker, who would not have been born yet. 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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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #7.19 (2010) See more »

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There Is a Happy Land
(1850)
Traditional
Music by Leonard P. Breedlove (uncredited) (1850)
Words by Andrew Young (1838)
Arranged by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
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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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