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Quigley Down Under (1990)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Matthew Quigley
Laura San Giacomo ... Crazy Cora
Alan Rickman ... Elliott Marston
Chris Haywood ... Major Ashley-Pitt
Ron Haddrick ... Grimmelman
Tony Bonner ... Dobkin
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 William Zappa ... Reilly
Jonathan Sweet ... Sergeant Thomas
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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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There's a price on his head. A girl on his mind. And a twinkle in his eye. See more »


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Trivia

The four words that Matthew Quigley used to answer the "long-distance shooting" newspaper wanted advertisement read, "M. Quigley 900 yards". See more »

Goofs

At the start of the fight in the harbor, Quigley hits the first man to swing at him with his rifle butt. The sound of the impact arrives well before the rifle strikes home. See more »

Quotes

Crazy Cora: Things seem different here. They say God made Australia last, don't you know, after he got tired of making everything else the same.
Matthew Quigley: Well, I seen some pretty country, that's for certain.
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Referenced in Creation Science 103: Class 5 (2001) See more »

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Tom Selleck: man with a big gun
9 April 2004 | by DarthBillSee all my reviews

Lately I've come to the conclusion that the role Tom Selleck was born to play he was born too late in the world to play: the noble cowboy.

Tom plays the title character, Matthew Quigley, an American cowboy come to the land down under at Alan Rickman's invitation. Rickman (under used here)intends to use Quigley's abilities as a long distance sharpshooter to kill the Aborigines and keep them off his lands. Tom refuses and a battle of wills ensue as the two men try to kill each other and cause a lot of havoc in the process.

Despite a first rate performance by Tom, possibly his best, and critical praise, the film was ignored at the box office. I imagine that had it starred the likes of Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise it would have been a hit, but Tom serves the film well and he looks good in cowboy garb. Besides, it's an interesting idea of taking the cowboy out of his natural environment and placing him in a variation of his natural environment: the outback.


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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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Pathé Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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