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R| 1 hr. 44 min.

Plot Summary
In 1880s Australia, a lawman (Ray Winstone) offers renegade Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) a difficult choice. In order to save his younger brother from the gallows, Charlie must hunt down and kill his older brother (Danny Huston), who is wanted for rape and murder. Venturing into one of the Outback's most inhospitable regions, Charlie faces a terrible moral dilemma that can end only in violence.

Cast: Guy Pearce , Ray Winstone , Emily Watson , Danny Huston , John Hurt , David Wenham , Noah Taylor , David Gulpilil

Director: John Hillcoat

Genres: Drama, Western, Action

Distributor: First Look

The Proposition (2005)

Release Date: May 5th, 2006|1 hr. 44 min.

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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A spellbinding Australian Western. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A visionary tale -- bleak but visionary all the same -- of a fragile civilizing impulse crushed by family loyalty and a lust for revenge in the vast Outback of the late 19th century. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Proposition, a beautiful, bloody meditation on justice, family, and the trap of retribution, is in every respect an artful addition to the canon of six-shooter morality tales. show more

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Cinematical Movie Club: The Proposition

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Monika Bartyzel on Sep 17th, 2010 7:15PM

"Australia ... What fresh hell is this?" When Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) utters these words in 'The Proposition,' he's staring over the arid wasteland of Australia in the late 19th century. His...

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