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The Proposition (DVD)

Australian director John Hillcoat first teamed up with singer Nick Cave on 1988's disturbing GHOSTS...OF THE CIVIL DEAD, for which Cave co-authored th...

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“Thicker than Water?”

published 11/07/2006

ProLoevly cinematography, great performances, strong ...

ConsProg rock leanings of the soundtrack

Outlaw brothers Charlie and Mike Burns are captured at a shootout in the Australian outback. But their captor Captain Stanley is more interested in catching their elder brother Arthur, a dangerous psychopath responsible for the massacre of a local family. So he offers Charlie a choice; turn in...

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Excellent

ProGood Quality Acting

ConsNone Really

The film starts straight off and we meet Charlie (Guy Pearce) and Mikey Burns (Richard Wilson) who are under fire. People who are fighting back are getting shot down. Charlie and Mike are soon captured where they meet Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone). He informs them they will hang for the murder...

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ProExcellent acting; unique and bizarre; great direct...

ConsSlightly weak narrative; not really anchored by a ...

The Western has long ridden off into the sunset, last seen in 1991 with Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven ... and it has not really returned, aside from the occasional one-off, such as Open Range. All the same, the Western has become a thing of the past, and they were symbolic of mid last century...

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“A Slow Burning Western”

published 19/10/2009

ProScript, direction, cinematography, Danny Huston

ConsRay Winstone and John Hurt, well.... Hurt.

The Proposition is a star cast led Western set in Australia in 1880's. It's about a gang of 3 lawless brothers on the run for rape and murder. Two get caught and handed over to Capt. Stanley (Ray Winstone). Brother Charlie (Guy Pearce) is practical and brother Mikey is a childish simpleton...

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“High Noon Down Under Cobber!”

published 24/02/2010

ProGritty

ConsRemake

On similar western themes to the excellent ‘Open Range’ with Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, The Proposition is essentially a copy of the above, but reassembled piece by piece in 19th Century outback colonial Australia. But don’t let that put you of as this isn’t that bad. But if you haven’t...

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“brilliant and legendary”

published 13/04/2017

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Proposition is a movie concerning a small town in the middle of Australia's outback in the nineteenth century. When talking about the atmosphere of this movie, I would say that it is the Australian equivalent to both Apocalypse Now abd Engine No country for old men .Basically the story revolves...

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Australian director John Hillcoat first teamed up with singer Nick Cave on 1988's disturbing GHOSTS...OF THE CIVIL DEAD, for which Cave co-authored the screenplay and took a memorably brief acting role. The two reconvene for 2006's THE PROPOSITION, with Cave penning the screenplay and providing a soundtrack written with Dirty Three member Warren Ellis. Cave's 19th-century tale begins with the proposition of the title, as Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) captures fugitive brothers Charley (Guy Pearce) and Mikey Burns (Richard Wilson) at a scene of bloody rape and murder. Informing Charley that he must kill his older brother, Arthur (Danny Huston), in order to be set free, Stanley drags Mikey to a decrepit jailhouse while he waits for Charley to carry out the deed. Hillcoat's Western reeks of the dry desert heat, with flies buzzing, temperatures soaring, and emotions spiralling out of control. As Charley reluctantly sets about his task, Hillcoat and cinematographer Benoit Delhomme create a mesmerising vision of the Australian outback. The slow, meandering pace of the film is peppered with brutal jolts of unremitting violence, and there are fine performances from the entire cast, who are supported in small but significant roles from Emily Watson (BREAKING THE WAVES) and John Hurt (THE ELEPHANT MAN). Cave's screenplay is tight and focused, leaving little room for sentiment or anyone for the audience to root for by giving all his principal characters plenty of grimly undesirable personality traits. But it works perfectly, and in Winstone and Pearce, Hillcoat got his casting exactly right. Both actors give dizzying performances as two men unable to escape their personal demons, finding a tragic outlet only in ceaseless acts of aggression. A memorable feature that lingers long after the last frame of celluloid has flickered onto the screen, THE PROPOSITION establishes Hillcoat as a director of major gravitas.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Studio(s): PALISADES TARTAN; FUSION MEDIA SALES, PALISADES TARTAN; LACE GROUP; SONY DADC

Release date: 17/07/2006

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: TVD 3607

Featured: Nick Cave

Barcode: 5023965360724

Screenwriter: Nick Cave, Nick Cave

Producer: Chris Brown, Jackie O'Sullivan, Chris Brown, Jackie O'Sullivan

Languages

Main Language: English

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Technical Information

Special Features: Tartan Exclusive Interview With Guy Pearce, Tartan Exclusive Interview With Danny Huston, Interviews With Cast And Crew, Making Of Featurettes, Original Theatrical Trailer, Tartan Trailer Reel, Film Notes

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 Anamorphic Wide Screen, 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, DTS 5.1 Surround

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo<br>Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround<br>DTS 5.1 Surround

Professional Reviews

Review: Brutal, bloody and brilliant (Empire, 2008-03-13)<br><br>Utterly compelling (Hot Dog, 2008-03-13)<br><br>Utterly compelling (Hotdog, )<br><br>Brilliant (Total Film, 2008-03-13)<br><br>A blood-spattered matserpiece (Uncut, 2008-03-13)<br><br>

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