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Quigley Down Under

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Tom Selleck stars as American cowboy archetype Matthew Quigley in Simon Wincer's outback western Quigley Down Under. Answering an advertisement placed by Australian cattle baron Elliot Marston Alan Rickman to come to the rugged and uncivilized Australian countryside and shoot dingoes, Quigley finds himself halfway around the world, only to find that Marston wants to exploit his talents as a sharpshooter in order to wipe out the Aborigine population. Taken aback by this square-jawed genocide, Quigley grabs Marston...
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Overview

Tom Selleck stars as American cowboy archetype Matthew Quigley in Simon Wincer's outback western Quigley Down Under. Answering an advertisement placed by Australian cattle baron Elliot Marston Alan Rickman to come to the rugged and uncivilized Australian countryside and shoot dingoes, Quigley finds himself halfway around the world, only to find that Marston wants to exploit his talents as a sharpshooter in order to wipe out the Aborigine population. Taken aback by this square-jawed genocide, Quigley grabs Marston and hurls him through a window. Marston, who controls the region, sets out to hunt Quigley down. But helping him stay one step ahead of Marston is the addlebrained expatriate American trollop Crazy Cora Laura San Giacomo who insists that Quigley is her husband Roy.
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Special Features

The rebirth of the Western documentary; TV spots; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Easily the most satisfying big-screen adventure film to star episodic-TV favorite Tom Selleck, Quigley Down Under rates kudos for its clever juxtaposition of horse-opera conventions and archetypes with an exquisite location and an unfamiliar but recognizable culture. Selleck plays a sharp-shooting westerner -- clad in typical cowboy regalia -- who travels to 19th-century Australia in response to an ad from British land baron Alan Rickman. The Yank, horrified to learn that he's been engaged to kill Aborigines as part of Rickman's campaign of native genocide, refuses his commission and thus becomes the target of the ruthless rancher's vendetta. Laura San Giacomo who herself achieved small-screen stardom in the decade following this movie's production is hardly a typical ingénue -- a trollop who is believed to be insane, she repeatedly confuses Selleck for a former lover. Wringing the rugged Australian landscape for every drop of pictorial splendor, director Simon Wincer The Phantom also exhibits a keen understanding of the morality-play elements that comprise classic movie westerns. His action scenes are vigorous and flamboyant, and his characters display markedly individualistic traits while behaving within the genre's long-prescribed limits. Exciting, picturesque, and occasionally very funny, Quigley Down Under will guarantee you a rip-roarin' good time. The DVD is augmented by a featurette, "Rebirth of a Western," in addition to the theatrical trailer.
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Quigley Down Under earned a reputation as kind of a punchline, in the same way other films whose concept can be distilled in ten words or less -- say, "Tom Selleck as an American cowboy in Australia" -- might become a punchline. But it's actually a pretty solid, pretty serious western with a progressive message, where abused Aboriginal peoples substitute for Native Americans, and impressive feats of gunplay distinguish the solemn professionals from the mouthy pretenders. It's quirkier than you'd expect, too, with Laura San Giacomo's character spending half the movie referring to Selleck's Matthew Quigley as "Roy," because she may not actually be sane. (She is, after all, nicknamed "Crazy Cora"). Selleck is charismatic in the lead role, slipping easily between charming, exasperated, generous, sarcastic and disdainful. Quigley's chemistry with the batty Cora, as they make an odd-couple trek through the desert, is one of the film's chief pleasures, with director Simon Wincer getting good performances out of both actors. Fans of Alan Rickman will also enjoy seeing him in full-on Hans Gruber mode, playing an evil ranch owner whose plans involve no less than systematically exterminating as many Aboriginals as he can get in his gun sights -- or, more accurately, Quigley's gun sights, which is the bone of contention that transforms them from potential business associates to mortal enemies. The treatment of these natives serves as a sober antidote to the film's lighter moments. Quigley Down Under also benefits from a couple good (but unevenly matched) gunfights, and an appropriately grandiose score by Basil Poledouris. Still and all, it's hard to call Quigley Down Under exactly memorable. It exceeds that ten-word description, and the Australian setting doesn't hurt in terms of making it more distinctive, but it doesn't linger with the viewer longer than an icicle in the outback.
Variety
Selleck has his best bigscreen casting so far here (not counting the missed opportunity to be Indiana Jones). He's thoroughly convincing with his custom-made rifle and low-key manner. San Giacomo comes into her own as the feisty heroine. Rickman is a perfectly cast hissable villain.

Selleck has his best bigscreen casting so far here (not counting the missed opportunity to be Indiana Jones). He's thoroughly convincing with his custom-made rifle and low-key manner. San Giacomo comes into her own as the feisty heroine. Rickman is a perfectly cast hissable villain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • UPC: 883904243144
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 7,552

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Selleck Matthew Quigley
Laura San Giacomo Crazy Cora
Alan Rickman Elliott Marston
Chris Haywood Maj. Ashley Pitt
Ron Haddrick Grimmelman
Tony Bonner Dobkin
Jerome Ehlers Coogan
Conor McDermottroe Hobb
Roger Ward Brophy
Ben Mendelsohn O'Flynn
Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch
Steve Dodd Kunkurra
William Zappa Reilly
Tim Hughes Miller
David Slingsby Mullion
Danny Adcock Mitchell
Ollie Hall Carver
Gerald Egan Whitey
Guy Norris Cliff
Brian Ellison Oliver
Mark Pennell Bugler
Greg Stuart Deserter
Eamon Kelly Klaus Grimmelman
Jon Ewing Tout
Don Bridges Ticket Seller
James Wright Bushman
Technical Credits
Simon Wincer Director
Peter Burgess Editor
Adrian Carr Editor
David Eggby Cinematographer
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Gracie Art Director
John Hill Screenwriter
Stephen Jones Production Designer
Ross Major Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Guy Norris Stunts
Stanley O'Toole Co-producer
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Alex Rose Co-producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The "West" in another part of the World

    Tom Selleck gives another fine performance as a unique western character named Matthew Quigley in "Quigley Down Under". This movie has Selleck's character traveling to Australia to take a job based on his skills as a marksman. Laura San Giancomo gives a very good performance as well as a "Crazy" acting lady, named Cora, who just so happens to be traveling on the same wagon to bring Quigley to meet his new employer, as she has been selected to work for the same rancher. Without giving too much away, I'll simply say that Quigley and Cora become much better acquainted as the story goes forward. If all this sounds unique, it is, Selleck offers a solid performance in an environment one dosen't normally think about when contemplating the life of a cowboy blessed with an incredible skill as a marksman. This film gets off to an action packed start and moves fast as Quigley finds himself in a fist-fight early on with the very folks sent to pick him up upon arrival in country--if this has sparked your interest, get the movie and enjoy the ride. This film demonstrates Tom Selleck's abilities to portray a solid frontier cowboy in any environment and I believe he is one of the few actors of our time who can ensure the "Western" movie remains in vogue--I hope he will get another opportunity to play in a good cowboy film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Australian Outback meets American Resiliency

    Tom Selleck is best as the traditional Western hero, fighting on his bronco against a malicious enemy, played wondrously by Rickman. He really is quite close to being our generation's John Wayne. Believe me, we need one. Laura San Giacamo plays the delightful character "crazy Cora." A great resolution. The evil Brit finds that the Americans can still whoop ass, even on their home turf.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Watch it again and again

    Tom Selleck is the perfect cowboy, looking for the last remnants of the west in a country that is more wild and lawless than he ever imagined. His portrayal of Quigley is stunning, a true man's man with a sharp shooter's eye,that has to determine the moral fiber behind the situation he's in. Laura San Giacomo--fabulous! Is she just pretending, or is she really what she portrays herself to be to everyone in the outback.
    Great acting, beautiful scenery, wonderful tale and Alan Rickman is at his best bad guy ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

    One of my favorites!

    Me and my 20-something sibs and husband, plus my dad, all love this movie. We consider it one of our ''classics.'' It's a great western-style plot with humor, action, romance and human interest. One of Tom Selleck's best. Will Quigley get the bad guy???

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    Posted May 3, 2009

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