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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 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: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang's mastermind, remains on the loose and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. 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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Three Brothers one must live one must die one must decide 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ray Winstone and Sir John Hurt appeared in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and 44 Inch Chest (2009). See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in the 1880s, Jellon sings "Danny Boy" - which wasn't published until 1913. 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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Referenced in Deadpool 2 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Peggy Gordon
Music Traditional
Words Traditional
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Visceral, poetic study of blood-ties
18 October 2005 | by dearlove-jamesSee all my reviews

This movie is a visceral, violent study of blood-ties exploring ethnic and family bonds, feuds, loyalty and betrayal. You can literally smell the reeking sweat, blood and dust of the colonial Outback coming off the screen.

Nick Cave's script is shot through with his signature dark poetry; it translates wonderfully onto the screen. Guy Pearce, Ray Winston and Danny Huston put in powerful performances. Emily Watson is also superb but somehow this film seems to be more about men than women and so her performance feels a little isolated from the rest of the movie.

The film is a strangely skewed morality tale crossed with a tale of the absurd. There is something so absurd about Captain Stanley's English breakfast and standard roses in the hot, fly-blown wastelands of the movie, and off course there is something so absurd about how violent humans beings are to each other. Despite all the violence though, some of which is stomach-turning, this movie has some moments of great tenderness and elegy.


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