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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 ... 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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There's a price on his head. A girl on his mind. And a twinkle in his eye. 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 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 picture was produced by the then just newly formed Pathe Group under the control of Alan Ladd Jr. whose passion for the project assisted the picture to get financed and green-lit. See more »

Goofs

When sailing south, the boat rises on a wave and reveals a bow thruster, not in common use on sailing vessels of that size until the 1980s. Not even invented until the late 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Major Ashley-Pitt: In our experience, Americans are uncouth misfits who should be run out of their own barbaric country.
Matthew Quigley: Well, Lieutenant...
Major Ashley-Pitt: Major.
Matthew Quigley: Major. We already run the misfits outta our country. We sent 'em back to England.
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my favorite western
16 July 2001 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

The first western I ever saw, QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER is my favorite. It's a great homage to the classic westerns of the past, with all the best elements combined in a fun movie about one man's fight against an evil land baron who (unknown to the hero) wanted to hire him to kill the local Aborigines, not the dingos as the hero originally thought. Tom Selleck ads another top-notch western to his resume, long with THE SACKETTS, THE SHADOW RIDERS, and the more-recent CROSSFIRE TRAIL. Alan Rickman is great as the bad guy, one of those characters you love to hate, and the beautiful Laura San Giacomo is a perfect western girl, whose (thankfully) is not the kind who becomes kidnapped and must be rescued. In fact, she spends a good deal of the film away from the action, caring for an Aborigine baby who was the only survivor of a tribe massacre earlier in the film. Director Simon Wincer proves what a genius he is at making westerns. He gets the most from everything, from the costumes to the performances, from the sweeping panoramic shots of the Australian outback to Basil Poledouris's lush score. And of course, no review of QUIGLEY would be complete without mentioning that awesome Sharps rifle. I cringe every time that wonderful rifle is thrown to the ground by Rickman. Glad to see that a DVD release is on the way, though it appears to be sorely lacking in the bonus features department. Anybody who likes westerns should check this film out. It's pretty family-friendly, too, with no harsh swearing and violence that never gets bloody or glorified.


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