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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.

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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 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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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quigley der Australier See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,853,149, 21 October 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$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

The opening title card reads, "Fremantle, Western Australia". See more »

Goofs

While the dingoes are advancing on Cora and the baby in the cave and she is reloading the revolver, the right shoulder strap on her blouse keeps falling down, and then reappears on her shoulder in the proper place all by itself. See more »

Quotes

Elliott Marston: [O'Flynn and Dobkin prepare Quigley for an old-fashioned shootout] I seem to remember you're not too familiar with Colonel Colt's revolver, so this will be your first lesson. Don't worry. Mr. Dobkin and Mr. O'Flynn will ensure that it's a fair contest.
Elliott Marston: [Marston starts walking backwards] I'll just back up a few paces... And to your left a bit, that's it... Now you're right in front of my old pistol target.
Elliott Marston: [Marston slips his coat back to reveal his holster] Some men are born in the wrong century. I...
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A Memorable Western, Eh Mate?
14 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is a bit a twist: a western in which the setting is Australia, not the United States. Yet, the film features two American characters, played by Tom Selleck and Laura San Giacomo. It's a simple, well-done revenge story with a nice slow-developing romance as the subplot. Meanhile, Alan Rickman, who was good at this sort of thing, plays the hated, despicable villain.

The movie is appealing because it has a good mixture of action (and that is mixed, too, not just the same kind of fistfights or gun battles), romance, nice scenery and a little comedy thrown in. There's also a little PC thrown in as the good guys help out the downtrodden Aborigines, victims of racism by Rickman and his henchmen.

Warning: this a rough film in parts with a couple of harrowing scenes, such as people being pushed off cliffs, Selleck brutally beaten several times and wild vicious dingoes threatening San Giacamo and a little baby, but the action never goes on too long.

All in all, I found it one of the more memorable westerns I've watched. If for nothing else, the awesome sound of Selleck's Sharp Calibre .44 rifle makes this film hard to forget.


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