The Proposition




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About The Proposition


As 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.  Stanley 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 Nick Cave , who also wrote the sound track along with Dirty Three’s Warren Ellis. 


News Articles about The Proposition


Jam! 9/19/06 'The Proposition' rides onto DVD

Herald Sun 9/11/06 Rocker Cave wins film gong

Knox News 6/10/06 Star defends Proposition's graphic brutality

Orlando Sentinel 6/9/06 The Proposition (2 stars out of 5)

Seattle PI 6/9/06 'The Proposition' is a morality tale posing as a violent Western

Knox News 6/9/06 Piercing performances lay bare brutal truths in Proposition

Metro 5/29/06 Western’s tale seriously evil

Houston Chronicle 5/26/06 Beauty meets butchery on the Australian Outback 5/26/06 A 'western' from Down Under, both beautiful and bloody

Jam! 5/26/06 'The Proposition' a grim Aussie western

Toronto Star 5/26/06 Proposition: A bloody good Western

Dallas Morning News 5/26/06 The Proposition

Newsday 5/25/06 'Proposition'

Chicago Sun-Times 5/19/06 The Proposition - Roger Ebert Review 

NY Daily News 5/5/06 It's brother vs. brother in the Old Outback

AM New York 5/5/06 The Proposition

Zap2It 5/4/06 'The Proposition'


Websites about The Proposition


Official Site


Websites about The Proposition Cast


Celebrity Spider - Emily Watson


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