The Proposition

The Proposition

DVD - 2006
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Charlie Burns is presented with an impossible proposition by local law enforcement. The only way for him to save his younger brother from the gallows is to dismiss his moral judgment and kill his psychotic older brother within nine days.
Publisher: Los Angeles : First Look Home Entertainment, c2006
ISBN: 9781592416646
1592416640
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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robsuka
Aug 12, 2017

a down under Christmas classic

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TheeAvebury
Mar 04, 2017

A striking work set in the Australian outback of the 1880s, The Proposition stands among the best "westerns" made in the last 30 years. Harsh, unrelentingly violent, tightly edited and incredibly compelling, with a sophisticated psycho-social commentary, it merits multiple viewings.

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Jonathonrw
Jun 14, 2016

Genius, the struggle between morality and love for kin...

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Nursebob
May 28, 2016

With a screenplay by Nick Cave, known for his dark and moody song lyrics, director John Hillcoat draws on Old Testament allegory and Zen mysticism to deliver a languorous waking nightmare combining all the moral ambiguity of a John Ford production with the dreamlike artistry of Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock". Filmed in hellish shades of ochre and crimson with a soundtrack of whispered ballads, this is a three-handed morality tale pitting captain Stanley's troubled sense of ethics against Charlie Burns' personal code of honour and the local magistrate's lust for bloody retribution. And, as if to highlight the film's sense of light and darkness (sunsets and sunrises figure heavily), Arthur Burns' naked savagery provides a polar contrast to the naive innocence of Stanley's wife Martha (Emily Watson), a good Christian woman who fusses over teapots and is only dimly aware of the evil that lies beyond her immaculate white picket fence. A visually stunning film whose flashes of sadistic violence are balanced by heavy silences and the occasional lapse into arty prose only serves to heighten its sense of the ethereal.

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roystreet
Oct 05, 2015

"[The Proposition] is by far my favorite of all the films that I've done." (Guy Pearce, 2011) (See quotes)
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"Heart of Darkness" recast as an Australian Western so cold, so brutal, so self-indulgent. . . . even with the aid of the splendid photography and desolate setting, the characters couldn't manage to touch my heart. Indeed, by the time of the climactic attempted rape and murder, I just wanted it to be over.

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Calvacade
Jul 27, 2015

Brutal Australian Western written by Nick Cave. If you're a fan of the genre this really is one of the best modern Westerns.

lasertravis Jan 27, 2013

Gorgeous settings, scenes of brutal violence, good acting and a good script are the hallmarks of this modern western. Slow pacing. A simple story done well. I wanted to love this film, but ended up only liking it. Pearce does a good job as the anti-hero. the soundtrack is odd and fitting. Very visual movie.

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Monolith
Jun 27, 2012

Chilling film, reminiscent of legendary spaghetti Western master director Sergio Leone, (A Fistful Of Dollars; For A Few Dollars More; The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly), yet grislier. Money isn't the motive for the gruesome killings here, the mayhem is without purpose, waged by a pack of bloodthirsty lunatics, with the freedom to rape and murder facilitated by the vastness of the untamed, arid wasteland. A powerful screenplay AND eerie musical score by Nick Cave, solid directing by John Hillcoat (The Road). The entire cast delivered, especially the gritty Ray Winstone and the deadpan Guy Pearce. Director John Huston's son Danny as the eloquent and demented villain Arthur Burns. John Hurt's cynical world traveling bounty hunter cameo was an added bonus. Great flick. FIVE STARS.

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noisexorcist
Apr 11, 2011

The Proposition is a beautifully written film by Nick Cave (best known as the frontman for the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Though this film is brilliantly written and the acting is phenomenal -this film is is more than the sum of its parts and leaves the viewer with a sense of haunting sadness that can't be defined. It has the layered quality of a real act of love. This film is about atmosphere as much as anything else and certainly manages to create a feeling of isolation and sadness that lingers long after the movie is over.

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roystreet
Oct 17, 2015

"I always look at films as real stories with real people in real situations. That's why I struggle with the whole notion of calling someone the 'good guy' or the 'bad guy,' because I think we all have potential to do good things and all have the potential to do bad things." -- Guy Pearce

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roystreet
Oct 17, 2015

"I'm sure there are actors out there who can turn something dull into something really interesting, but I can't do that. I have to latch onto the character that you've presented me with. And once I understand it, I'll do it...I have very little self-confidence, anyway. I'm not one of those people who can go, 'Yeah, I'm going to take the film and I'm going to turn it into this and that'. If there's nothing there, all I'm going to show you is that there's nothing there. . . Of course, I'm quite fascinated by a lot of those roles that require the actor to be the hero. But I so don't feel like a heroic leading man. I just don't have the confidence to do them. -- Guy Pearce

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roystreet
Oct 17, 2015

"There is a vibe or a spirit . . . to that land, that culture, that is unbelievably powerful. I don't even know how to explain it, but it's awesome and overwhelming. . . .So I would say the experience of spending time with Aboriginal people and having their presence be quite prominent in that film was quite extraordinary. After we finished the film, I stayed up there for a few days, and some of the local people took me to some very remote places. We looked at cave paintings from many thousands of years ago, and places people wouldn't normally get to go. The whole experience, like I say, was so extraordinary." Guy Pearce, 2011, on making "The Proposition"

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Monolith
Jun 27, 2012

Captain Stanley: "I will civilize this land."

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Monolith
Jun 27, 2012

Arthur Burns: "Love. Love is the key. Love and family. For what are night and day, the sun, the moon, the stars without love, and those you love around you? What could be more hollow than to die alone, unloved?"

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