Quigley Down Under

6.91 h 59 min1990X-RayPG-13
Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired Down Under.
Simon Wincer
Tom SelleckLaura San GiacomoAlan Rickman
English [CC]
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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Geoffrey F. ArnoldReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A very good story.
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I've watch this film twice now, but with a span of at least ten years between, the most recent being here in December 2016.

It isn't Shakespeare. It isn't Dickens. It isn't Hugo. But it is good. The four stars is personal bias because while the acting is not incredible, everyone does well beyond a serviceable job bringing their characters to life. You hate the bad guy. You root for the good guy. You want the the romance materialise.

What is nice about this film is that they didn't go "over the top". No big explosions, and generally no "modern" catch phrases that don't belong. They do their best to stay in period as much as they can. There is some language, but it isn't overdone and gratuitous, though one could argue that it perhaps was one area where they may have strayed a bit from what someone might actually have said in the time frame the film occurs. But it's a niggling point I am willing to let go.

There is also nudity. However, given the nature of it's inclusion, it isn't just because they can. It is also with purpose. So, don't worry if your kids are watching this, too. Think of it as a kind of National Geographic presentation of nudity. If you don't say anything, your kids may not "notice" anything unusual, because in the context of the film, it isn't.

If you have watched other Tom Selleck films and liked them, you will love this one. Probably the most complex role is the part Laura San Giacomo plays, and yet, it is still not as fleshed out as it could have been. We only have a couple hours with this group, so the story has to move along. And so it is even with Selleck's character; you see more lies under the surface with each of them, but there just isn't time. And the slow parts are not without purpose and do not drag. If you pay attention, there really are no wasted scenes or time in this film - a rare thing these days.

Just watch the film and make up your own mind. I believe you'll find yourself smiling at the end of it, agreeing that it was worth watching. And that is a compliment every film should aspire to.
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David L.Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
An incredible movie
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This is an incredible movie. This is one of those movies that can get overlooked by people who are not a fan of westerns. Which is a shame because of the story that is told and how it is told. The three leading actors turn in a great performance. Although, the performance, story, and interaction between Tom Selleck and Laura San Giacomo characters are what take this movie beyond a simple western. The movie is driven by the story and characters and not by special effects, cliches, or emphasis on flash over substance. The dialogue is believable and appropriate for the period and setting. The story takes place in Australia and is filmed there as well which adds to what makes this such a unique movie and western. Watching this, I see parallels that make me think that Quigley is to Australia, as Quartermain is to Africa.
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Don GuthrieReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Modern Westerns
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Almost any fan of the genre will tell you that there are three, maybe four, great modern day westerns ... all of them made in the late eighties, early nineties, starting in 1985 with Silverado. Tombstone and Unforgiven also make the list.The fourth movie is often forgotten or overlooked and it is Quigley Down Under.

The casting in this film, starting with Tom Selleck in the lead as Matthew Quigley, is nothing short of stellar. All the leads are perfect for the parts. Laura San Giacomo and Alan Rickman are the only other leads; both turn in memorable work helping to realize very distinctive and entertaining characters, The rest of the cast, mostly as disposable henchmen or random townsfolk, are mostly unknowns or maybe local talent. Only one or two stand out, but you cannot fault any of their performances either. The Aborigines that appear in this film are simply amazing. I'm always left wondering how they were cast and filmed. The personality and charm of these people comes across on film despite none of them speaking a word of English (or saying anything at all). As much as anything else in this movie, the Aborigines are key to making it all work; it would not be nearly as good without them.

The setting is gorgeous and the cinematography takes full advantage of the fact. Almost as much as the Aborigines, or in concert with them, the Australian Outback is a central character throughout.

The plot, and the way events play out to a near inevitable conclusion, is fairly predictable and hardly original. But you won't care. It is all carried off with a sense of humor, moved forward by the motivations of fully drawn characters. The ability to provide a few laughs in the middle of some very harsh events is kind of astonishing. That is a very fine line, but Simon Wincer (the director) manages it all with a deft touch. It really is remarkable.

I highly recommend this film. It is easily the best thing Tom Selleck ever did on the big screen. If you enjoy westerns and any fondness at all for Australia, this may be the perfect movie for you.

Aw, who am I kidding ... you've already seen it!
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KC GreenReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quigley Down Under: An All Time Favorite
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"Quigly Down Under" is one of my all-time-favorite movies. When I noticed it had been released in a Blu Ray option, I jumped at the chance to order a copy, hoping the clarity would be that much better than DVD. Possibly because I was watching the movie on an Ultra High Definition TV that may heighten imperfections, but quality of the video image did not appear improved beyond DVD quality. Perhaps, this movie has not achieved critical acclaim enough to digitally re-master for Blu-Ray, but I wish they had. Meanwhile, I would still recommend purchasing this movie, and adjusting your Blu-Ray player to digitally Upscale the image. This should greatly improve the image, and the enjoyment of watching this classic movie.
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Dave HullReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sharp's vs Colts
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A different take on the classic western.

1860's Rich Australian Ranch Owner Marston (Alan Rickman) has hired Wyoming Sharpshooter Mathew Quigley (Tom Selleck) to come and work for him.

The adventures begin when Quigley lands in Freemantle after a 3 month voyage from San Francisco, and gets a surprise introduction to Texas expat Crazy Cora (Laura San Giacomo) and Marston's rough and tough Irish cowhands.

Throw in some beautiful Western Australia scenery, some magical Aboriginal tribes people, well choreographed fight scenes, and plenty of correct period firearms, and it all adds to up an exciting Western drama that both men and women (and most kids, though the language and violence may be too much for the younger ones), as it is also a low key Love Story!

The photography is splendid, and the acting consistently good.

I highly recommend this for anyone who loves action plots and good drama.
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Me2Reviewed in the United States on March 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Who couldn't love this movie?
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....Especially with Tom Selleck in the lead! His charisma, charm, wit, masculinity, John Wayne toughness, & vulnerability make him fascinating to watch. As Quigley he seems to play himself he's such a natural.
The acting in this one is good all around; scenery captivating, a different sort of western. Loved the aborigines featured too..... their gentleness and kindness and reciprocation reached across barriers of race, language, customs.
Great story: villains, good guys, bad guys, bad girls, good girl, cute baby, tragedy, humor, action, interesting characters, neat weapons, suspense, action, romantic tension.
One to watch again and again.
JJCEOReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A good film that is funny and exciting and it is a good Western story in Australia!
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This is one of my favorite films. I just watched it for the fourth time and I enjoyed it as much now as I did in 1990 when it was released. It features action, adventure, gun play and love.

Quigley travels to Australia to help a land baron kill wild dingo dogs, he thinks. He is possibly the best marksman in the world at long distances with his custom made rifle. He was really hired to kill Aborigines. Quigley immediately hates his new boss and beats him badly in a fight. The baron’s hired hands get Quigley and nearly beat him to death and knock out a crazy woman trying to help him.

They take both of them out to the dessert to die and that’s when the real story begins.

This is really a good film with great actors and a well written film. The scenery is very panoramic and the story just flows. I love this film and I will probably watch it again in a few years.
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Tom Selleck
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Selleck movies are almost always entertaining. They may not be what some might call 'high art', but they keep the interest and move the viewer along with the story, and they entertain. I believe that is the real goal: entertainment rather than indoctrination. And Alan Rickman (RIP) - who plays a better bad guy? I think he was better in "Die Hard", but that role beats this one by only a tad, IMO. Enjoy Mr. Quigley.
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