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The Proposition (2005)

A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

Director:

John Hillcoat

Writer:

Nick Cave (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Wilson ... Mike Burns
Noah Taylor ... Brian O'Leary
Jeremy Madrona Jeremy Madrona ... Asian Prostitute
Jae Mamuyac Jae Mamuyac ... Asian Prostitute
Guy Pearce ... Charlie Burns
Mick Roughan Mick Roughan ... Mad Jack Bradshaw
Shane Watt Shane Watt ... John Gordon
Ray Winstone ... Captain Stanley
Robert Morgan ... Sergeant Lawrence
David Gulpilil ... Jacko
Bryan Probets ... Officer Dunn
Oliver Ackland ... Patrick Hopkins
Danny Huston ... Arthur Burns
David Vallon David Vallon ... Tom Cox
Daniel Parker Daniel Parker ... Henry Clark
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Storyline

Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie (Guy Pearce) and Mike (Richard Wilson). Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns (Danny Huston), the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Captain Stanley's proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and, more importantly, save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. Written by Armin Ortmann {armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de}

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Taglines:

This land will be civilized. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong grisly violence, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Bodega Films [France]

Country:

Australia | UK

Language:

English | Aboriginal

Release Date:

9 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Proposition See more »

Filming Locations:

Queensland, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$215,987 (Australia), 14 October 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,723, 19 May 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,900,725, 10 September 2006
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The wardrobe was handmade to be as authentic as possible, and even the buttons were all handmade for this movie. See more »

Goofs

When preparing for the rescue of Mike, Samuel Stoat places his two revolvers in their holsters close together at the front. Two shots later, the holsters are moved back on opposite hips. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain Stanley: Do I need to introduce myself?
Charlie Burns: I know who you are.
Captain Stanley: Good. I know who you are.
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Soundtracks

There Is a Happy Land
(1850)
Traditional
Music by Leonard P. Breedlove (uncredited) (1850)
Words by Andrew Young (1838)
Arranged by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
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Aussie Western makes Tombstone look like Paradise.
8 October 2005 | by johnmbaleSee all my reviews

Nick Cave's essay in the true and tried Western format, shows how a harsh land (Colonial Australia) brutalizes the men who try and conquer it. Yet this tale has passages of lyricism that counterpoint the sudden moments of savagery. It is a very gritty often grisly picture of 19th Century Australia, warts and all, right down to swarms of blowflies. Perhaps the sadistic violence gets a bit over the top especially towards the end, but thanks to a fine cast, crisp direction, and the scorched cinematography it generally works. A standout performance in a minor role by John Hurt rather steals the show, while Ray Winstone and Emily Watson are particularly sensitive together. One suspects the harsh conditions are somewhat overstated for dramatic purposes, though the story is supposedly based on fact. Tombstone Territory never looked as unpleasant as this. It is certainly one of the most interesting period dramas made in Australia.


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