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: May 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 86% 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.

Nick Rogers

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

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.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

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

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: 85% 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
Kevin M. Williams
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