The rancher tries to kill him for refusing, and Quigley escapes into the brush with a woman he rescued from some of the rancher's men, and are helped by aborigines. 13 out of 16 found this helpful Music is by Basil Poledouris and cinematography by David Eggby. Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from America by an Australian rancher so he can shoot aborigines at a distance. Tom Selleck was born to be in westerns. It builds and builds and builds. She stays with him. I have loved him in everything I have seen him in and am certainly looking forward to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Sometimes they make em look like something else. When a film is really really really superb, a one of a kind, I am reluctant to give too much away (spoilers or no) for fear of depriving a future viewer just one moment of pleasure from the experience. Will he live to write another novel? Directed by (1) Writing credits (1) Cast (82) Produced by (3) Music by (1) Cinematography by (1) Film Editing by (1) Casting By (2) Production Design by (1)
Seriously, the people who thought of this movie all had the right ideas at the right time. Those who haven't grown up with Wayne or Eastwood should take a fair glance at QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER, an excellent recreation of vintage cowboy movies with brilliant qualities that make a traditional standard among others. Selleck & San Giacomo do a masterful job of creating honest, three-dimensional characters facing a truly evil antagonist -- a part played with fiendish perfection by the superb Alan Rickman. As an Australian I was a little reticent before watching this movie. Jesse starts seeing a shrink and dating. But what ultimately gets it a top rating is that it is creative, with an original story line and some great, creative music.
Unlike most "modern" westerns, this one is unburdened by the usual Hollywood flaws: overproduction, overacting and a massive cast of big names demanding their share of "face time." I never said I didn't know how to use one." Jesse Stone (Selleck) is a New England police chief investigating a series of murders, in an adaptation of Robert B. Parker's novel.
But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems. Anybody who likes westerns should check this film out. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the whole movie... the characters were believeable and Sellick was just right. The orchestrated music will stick to your mind in years to come. But when Quigley finds out that Marston's real target is the aborigines, Quigley hits the road. And they had a gold rush at Ballarat, in the state of Victoria (near Melbourne, I believe). Even the minor characters on both sides are well-cast and well-acted. Their lives are divided between months on the ... To be sure, the writers take a few necessary liberties with the plot to make everything work, as in any movie, but it does work well. The first western I ever saw, QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER is my favorite. Moulin Rouge! I'm watching this movie for like the 10 thousandth time, and it only gets better. It has all the finesse of a romance, the tension of a drama, and the big laughs of a comedy. Glad to see that a DVD release is on the way, though it appears to be sorely lacking in the bonus features department. 10 out of 14 found this helpful But the movie showed it like it was, and for that alone this movie should be compulsory viewing for Australians.
So I will say this -- acting is awesome. Mainstream media will tell you that they don't really make westerns anymore but this is not true. 3:26 PM PDT
Selleck plays Matthew Quigley in the same dry, laconic manner that Garner patented. 42 out of 54 found this helpful
It stars Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo and Alan Rickman. Phil has writer's block after 30 detective novels.
After the Civil War, a returning Confederate veteran must reclaim his Arizona land and homestead from the Yankee carpetbaggers who illegally occupy it.
The acting, the cinematography, the script, the music, all are impeccable. Jesse Stone (Selleck) is a New England police chief investigating a series of murders, in an adaptation of Robert B. Parker's novel. Quigley Down Under. After the Civil War, Tennessee brothers Orrin and Tyrel Sackett are herding cattle out West while Tell Sackett is prospecting for gold in the hills. Police Chief Jesse Stone starts an investigation. In fact, she spends a good deal of the film away from the action, caring for an Aborigine baby who was the only survivor of a tribe massacre earlier in the film. Hollywood often goes overboard when it comes Down Under and tries to capture our old west.