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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.

Director:

Simon Wincer

Writer:

John Hill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Matthew Quigley
Laura San Giacomo ... Crazy Cora
Alan Rickman ... Elliott Marston
Chris Haywood ... Major Ashley-Pitt
Ron Haddrick Ron Haddrick ... Grimmelman
Tony Bonner ... Dobkin
Jerome Ehlers Jerome Ehlers ... Coogan
Conor McDermottroe Conor McDermottroe ... Hobb
Roger Ward ... Brophy
Ben Mendelsohn ... O'Flynn
Steve Dodd Steve Dodd ... Kunkurra
Karen Davitt Karen Davitt ... Slattern
Kylie Foster Kylie Foster ... Slattern
William Zappa ... Reilly
Jonathan Sweet ... Sergeant Thomas
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Storyline

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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The West was never this far west...The Emmy Award-winning director of "Lonesome Dove" puts the classic Western back where it was meant to be, on the big screen...in a place it's never been before. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quigley Down Under See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,853,149, 21 October 1990

Gross USA:

$21,413,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,413,105
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Quigley's ability to shoot accurately to over 1200 yards (1.09 kilometers), with iron sights, is not as far-fetched as it sounds. In 1874, during the Second Battle of Adobe Walls, in northern Texas, William Dixon used a .50-110 Sharps to shoot a Native American off his horse from 1,538 yards (1.4 kilometers). Such a heavy bullet propelled by black powder would have a trajectory similar to that of an arrow fired from 100 yards, striking its target at a 30-degree down angle. Dixon claimed his shot was pure luck. See more »

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Hard to believe, not one person in Australia know how to shoot? See more »

Quotes

Matthew Quigley: What's my name today?
Crazy Cora: Matthew Quigley, same as any other day.
Matthew Quigley: How's about you and me taking off all our clothes and go swimmin'?
[they are in the middle of a desert]
Crazy Cora: What are you crazy? There ain't no water
[Quigley looks at her and smiles]
Crazy Cora: Why *shame* on you!
Matthew Quigley: Well you? Well, what about last night? You...
Crazy Cora: I what?
Matthew Quigley: Oh, never mind.
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Referenced in Creation Science 103: Class 4 (2001) See more »

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It's Tom Selleck at his leading-man finest…
19 November 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Matthew Quigley, a stoic rifleman arrives in Australia in the 1860s a world far away from his home Wyoming… He is answering an ad from a British landowner who will use his talents as an expert marksman…

But things don't go according to plan and, at supper, and after we hear these words, "Nobody knocks me out of my own house," Elliott Marston becomes his arch enemy…

Quigley's arrival sets the tone of the motion picture perfectly, coming into a fight with an evil plantation owner before he has even set foot on Australian soil where some genuinely funny moments happened especially when he met Crazy Cora right off the ship…

After a showy display of his talents (continuously hitting a bucket at about a thousand yards) Quigley discovers to his horror that he has been hired for sniping Aborigines encouraged by the local authorities…

Tom Selleck is excellent in the role of a cowboy, exuding natural charm, cool spirit and dignity… He perfectly suited to the role of the finest sharp shooter hero with a moral… There is a moment when he teaches local Aborigines a secret, and it hits the correct note...

Alan Rickman is perfect as Marston, the arrogant, clever bad baron who thinks himself the fastest six-gun…

Laura San Giacomo believes Quigley to be a man she once loved and whose name is Roy… She has her own tragic past as obviously her romance between Quigley and herself… San Giacomo proves to be a lovable heroine…

Director Simon Wincer creates outstanding scenery with the desolate Australian landscapes...


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