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About The Proposition
stark and unsentimental as the Australian Outback against which it is set, the
film opens with the titular “proposition.”It is the frontier of the 1800’s, and Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone)
has just captured Charley (Guy Pearce) and Mikey (Richard Wilson), two of the
four Burns brothers who are charged with the exceptionally brutal rape and
murder of a family of settlers.
offers Charley and Mikey the chance to go Scot free: Charlie has nine days to
hunt down and murder his psychopathic oldest brother Arthur (Danny Huston), the
mastermind behind the brutal crime.If
Charlie does not comply, beloved younger brother Mikey will be hanged on
Christmas Day.This mesmerizing and
visually stunning film is enhanced by first-rate performances from Emily Watson
as Martha Stanley, John Hurt as Jellon Lamb, Noah Taylor as Brian O’Leary,
David Wenham, David Gulpilil and Leah Purcell.The screenplay was penned by singer
, who also wrote the sound track along with Dirty Three’s Warren Ellis.