The Proposition
The Proposition (2005)

An outlaw is goaded into taking on justice at its most brutal in this hard-edged Western set in rural Australia in the 1880s. Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) is a criminal living in the outback. He and his two brothers, Arthur (Danny Huston) and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brutal, unflinching, and violent, but thought-provoking and with excellent performances, this Australian western is the one of the best examples of the genre to come along in recent times.

Ben Walters
Time Out

A beautifully shot tracker's western that brings the Fordian poles of garden and desert to bear on the bushrangers' Outback, this is also a revenge drama of substantial horror.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

By the end, it all pays off exactly the way a hundred earlier Westerns did.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

John Hillcoat's violence-probing Western feels as uncompromisingly bleak, royally widescreen and graphically violent as any Sam Peckinpah opus - a sunburned, grimy-nailed saga of point-blank executions and blood wrung from a cat o' nine tails.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

A visionary tale of a fragile civilizing impulse crushed by family loyalty and a lust for revenge in the vast Outback of the late 19th century.

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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

In-your-face combativeness is The Proposition's power, and for those of you who value your westerns, the effect is not unlike that of The Wild Bunch or Unforgiven.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Ferocious yet free of shallow misanthropy

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

It doesn't offer much that hasn't already been said about lawless frontier towns, bonds between outlaws or the settling of the West.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

It's fitting that The Proposition is set Down Under, because in many ways, it's a reverse Western.

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Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

What the characters have in common--the only thing they have in common, really--is the desire for community amid the well-founded expectation of imminent, violent death.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Saskia D.
A balanced and compact movie. Not too much information, no unnecessary dialog, no extensive character building. Good soundtrack. A friend of mine said I should… More
Daniel Mumby
In any kind of ideas-driven film, there has to be a balance between the ideas being addressed and the characters through whom such ideas are conveyed. And in… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Nick Cave writes a unflinchingly brutal tale of the Australian Outback circa 1880 when the British Empire was molding the wilderness into its own likeness.… More
xGary Xx
A western set in the Australian outback, the proposition in question is made by Ray Winstone, a local police captain intent on civilizing the unkempt… More
Cameron Sherwell
I can't say I've seen many westerns, but from what I have seen I can tell I want to see some more. 'The Propsotion' is an Australian western… More
paul oh
I dont understand how this film was brutal at all. Compared to other westerns i understand, but the general critics keeps saying that this movie is bold and… More

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