The Proposition
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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 Mikey (Richard Wilson), are on the run from the law for rape and murder. Arthur is a violent and dangerous sociopath with a much longer rap sheet than his siblings and a reputation for hiding out in villages so lawless the police are afraid to visit them, while Mikey is a much younger and more impressionable chap.The authorities capture Charlie and Mikey… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"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."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"By the end, it all pays off exactly the way a hundred earlier Westerns did."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"ustralian-born singer/songwriter Nick Cave pens his second film (after "Ghosts ... Of The Civil Dead") and generates a prescient allegory about imperialism."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Any movie that can cling to your memory with as much brutal power as this fantastic film is unquestionably a proposition worth taking."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"Ferocious yet free of shallow misanthropy"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Guy Pearce seems to have boiled himself down into some kind of Guy Pearce Concentrate. Winstone looks like he's been sculpted from the Australian wilderness around him."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"The finest, strangest and most uncompromising western to hit screens since Unforgiven."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"It doesn't offer much that hasn't already been said about lawless frontier towns, bonds between outlaws or the settling of the West."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"It's fitting that The Proposition is set Down Under, because in many ways, it's a reverse Western."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"a mythic exploration of the ever shifting frontier between savagery and civilisation in an unforgiving landscape."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Cave's screenplay is masterful in taking the trappings of the western genre and transposing them to the Australian Outback. There's an ebb and flow to his writing and there's also the sense that tragedy is inevitable. He also manages to work in the dep"
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
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