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.


Simon Wincer


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 ... Reilly
Jonathan Sweet ... Sergeant Thomas


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 {}

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Did You Know?


First of two 1990s Australian westerns directed by Australian Simon Wincer for theatrical release. The other was Lightning Jack (1994). Wincer had previously directed the American television western mini-series Lonesome Dove (1989) and later directed Crossfire Trail (2001). The latter also starred Tom Selleck. See more »


When Cora collapses of exhaustion, the prominent sunburn on her chest disappears in the next shot when Quigley bends over to pick her up, and then reappears. See more »


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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Performed by Laura San Giacomo
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Quigley or Crazy Cora Down Under?
6 January 2003 | by sitdownbikeSee all my reviews

I loved this movie!

Ex-Confederate officer Matthew Quigley immigrates to Australia to forget the horrors he has recently witnessed. He was hired in advance by the owner of the Marsten Waters Ranch. When he arrives, things are definitely not what he expected due to the fawning treatment he receives from Marsten that comes with the request that he carry out a program of racial purity...

Selleck's performance as Quigley is first rate. I easily believed that although Quigley had watched more than his share of Man's Inhumanity, yet he managed to hang onto his integrity. The character finds himself in a situation where his own actions can transform the circumstances for better. He did not go looking for a fight, but by God, he will finish this one.

Even so, the character of Crazy Cora is my favorite. She is the victim of cruelty also but did not fare as well as Quigley. She is damaged goods, unable to take care of herself in any significant way when the story opens. In the course of the story, she is the one who recovers her Humanity. It is really her story as much as Quigley's.

An excellent movie. Simon Sez check it out.

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Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,853,149, 21 October 1990

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Production Co:

Pathé Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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