The Proposition (2005)


(out of 5)

After the rape and murder of a pregnant woman in an 1880s Australian outback town, two of the three brothers accused of the crime are captured by the police captain () assigned to the case, while the third () escapes into the desert. Winstone tells , the elder of the two men in custody, that he will let him and his little brother go free if Pearce will journey to Huston’s hiding place and kill him. After setting out on his journey, the townspeople left behind look to Pearce’s little brother for vengeance in an effort to relieve their frustration with the almost impossible lives they lead in the wild Australian landscape. This highly original western will upset many viewers with its unpleasant violence, but others will be thrilled with the dramatic cinematography and exceptional pacing. The characters aren’t deep enough to really draw you into the story, but the performances, particularly by Winstone and  as his conflicted wife, are all superb.

Australia/United Kingdom, 2005

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2005

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Toronto Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Performance, Male (Danny Huston)



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