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, … More

Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Hill
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On DVD: Sep 4, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


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as Miller

as Mitchell

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Critic Reviews for Quigley Down Under

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 19, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 16, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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.

Jens S.

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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.

Red Lats

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.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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