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  • Manufacturer: MGM
  • UPC #883904243144
  • Model #M124314



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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 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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    Movie Level Themes
      Ranchers, Righting the Wronged, Fish Out of Water, Out For Revenge
    Movie Level Tones
      Rousing, Earnest

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    • The rebirth of the Western documentary
    • TV spots
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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. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi


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