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Quigley Down Under (1990)

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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,

PG-13,

Western, Action & Adventure

Sep 4, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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A strikingly-beautiful western with an A-grade cast

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

An almost classic if it were not for the silly feminine element which hurts clever story.

October 23, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Great fun western

October 14, 2005
About.com

Hits the mark with its mix of Western theatrics and cross-cultural insights.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

1.5

July 18, 2003
Movie City News

Underrated Selleck western.

July 6, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Audience Reviews for Quigley Down Under

The idea to take the typical Western plot (stranger gets hired by sadistic land owner and turns against him) and move it to Australia is quite good. Of course, the majority of the film does still feel like a Western, but still the Australian Outback and especially the Aboriginals do make for a very unique atmosphere throughout the film, even if the rest is taken from the pile of usual ingredients. Tom Selleck makes for a likable and charming leading man and we already know Alan Rickman can play wonderfully mean bad guys. It is the female lead with the tragic back story that sometimes feels a bit over the top, and some of the dialogs could have been a bit spicier. But the beautiful scenery, great shootouts and enthralling plot that does not shy away from maiming the innocent brings this film home. An entertaining and visually very pleasing adventure.
February 1, 2012
ironclad1609

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Quigley is an American sharpshooter moved to Australia. As in all Westerns, there is the good guy (Quigley) and the bad guy -- in this movie played by Alan Rickman. Their differences of opinion comes with the way Alan's character treats the local aborigines. As someone raised on Westerns featuring the American wild West, it is quite interesting to see a movie set in the Australian wilderness.
January 11, 2012
Redlats

Super Reviewer

Poor old Tom Selleck, always been the poor mans Harrison Ford, the second choice 'Indiana Jones' or the last option action man. On his side though are his manly looks, his chiselled features and that famous manly facial hair that ensured Selleck is a mans man despite his failure at being in any really big films.

This long forgotten western is actually one of his best films in my opinion, the films title doesn't help its case for sure, it tends to give the impression of a silly comedy in the vain of 'Lightning Jack' with Paul Hogan but its nowhere close. Filmed on location in Australia instantly giving it that epic look with some awesome scenery and having a kind of 'Dances with Wolves-ish' plot really makes for a terrific adventure, yes there is some silly humour to raise a smile but it fits nicely and never really gets too daft to spoil.

Rickman as usual is splendid in his role as the wickedly nasty English cad hunting Aboriginal folk for sport, sure his performance is really the same as his 'Sheriff of Nottingham' from 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves' but it works just as well here (Reynolds and Costner must have seen this and wanted the same for 'Hood' :) ).

The rest of the cast all perform well as immigrant Irish workers in the 1800's outback, everything looks great from sets to costume and real aborigine people seem to have been cast giving an even more realistic feel. A bit funny how Quigley never loses his customised rifle and everytime he's called to help people in danger he's conveniently set far away enabling him to use his fancy customised rifle to its full potential, its only at the end we do actually find out Quigley can look after himself without the rifle.

Great light hearted fun adventure which was set for Eastwood or McQueen to star which gives you a good idea of what to expect. The film also has a nice emotional theme too which isn't too strong but enough to add some quality and raise it above most other more silly boys own adventures.
November 30, 2011
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

I don't normally watch westerns, not even if they're set in Australia, like this one, but I couldn't pass up seeing Alan Rickman in this. It actually did have a bunch of good action scenes, it could have been better, but for the most part it's a really good movie.
April 14, 2011
ajv2688

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    1. Elliott Marston: Very good, O'Flynn. You've improved!
    2. O'Flynn: Do you think I could ever be as good as you, Mr. Marston?
    3. Elliott Marston: What - you mean if you practiced a lot?
    4. O'Flynn: Yeah!
    5. Elliott Marston: No.
    – Submitted by T R (9 months ago)
    1. Elliott Marston: No man knocks me out of my own house!
    – Submitted by T R (9 months ago)
    1. Elliott Marston: Some men were born in the wrong century. I was born on the wrong continent.
    – Submitted by David S (23 months ago)
    1. Matthew Quigley: Said I didn't have much use for 'em, never said I didn't know how to use 'em. [six shooter]
    – Submitted by David S (23 months ago)
    1. Matthew Quigley: Don't know where we're goin', but makin' good time.
    – Submitted by David S (23 months ago)
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