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Quigley Down Under

Quigley Down Under

4.8 5
Director: Simon Wincer

Cast: Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman


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Quigley Down Under comes to this dual-layered DVD in a widescreen anamorphic picture format (1.85:1 aspect ratio) and with the following audio options: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), with subtitles available in Spanish and French. Aside from the theatrical trailers usually included in


Quigley Down Under comes to this dual-layered DVD in a widescreen anamorphic picture format (1.85:1 aspect ratio) and with the following audio options: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), with subtitles available in Spanish and French. Aside from the theatrical trailers usually included in DVD transfers, however, there are no special features of any kind included. The look of the picture is of about television or VHS quality, with the usual black bars at the top and bottom of the picture given the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Sound quality is barely stereo in places and lacks crispness, detail, and directionality; it too is of about VHS quality.

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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.
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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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
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Special Features

Featurette: The Rebirth of a Western; original TV spots; original theatrical trailer

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 Actor
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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Newcomer [6:46]
2. "Crazy Cora" [8:06]
3. A Certain Marksman [9:18]
4. A Civilized Dinner [6:32]
5. Deserted [9:36]
6. Tribal Medicine [4:14]
7. Bonding Experience [5:47]
8. Fallen Friends [11:59]
9. "One Shot Left" [6:31]
10. Protect The Children [2:36]
11. Survivors [3:38]
12. Hard Goodbyes [10:36]
13. "How Brave Are You?" [5:43]
14. "This Ain't Dodge" [10:20]
15. Strength In Numbers [6:22]
16. Two For Home/Credits [5:41]


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