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The Proposition (2005)

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

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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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One of the gunmen in the Burns' fort at the beginning is named "Jack Bradshaw". Although the movie's plot was fictitious, there had been a real 19th century Australian "bushranger" (outlaw) by that name. 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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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #7.19 (2010) See more »

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
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Sung a cappella by Gary Waddell and Iain Gardiner with modified lyrics
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Leone meets Tarkovsky meets Patrick White meets Mad Max
8 September 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Just superb - wonderful, austere direction that gets the best from a great cast and some extraordinary landscapes. A tight, disciplined script from Nick Cave that's testament to how his writing continues to reach new levels - not to mention his collaboration with Warren Ellis on the beautifully uneasy score.

There's a fantastic blend of European and Australian sensibilities here that makes this the least clichéd film to come out of this country for 20-odd years - and if it doesn't do well, it'll be because an increasingly soft and gutless nation is afraid to venture out of their frappuccino and mortgage comfort zone.

This is powerful, worthy art.


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