Directed by: Simon Wincer
Genre: Western, Adventure,
Release Date: October 17, 1990
Running Time: 119 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: Very comical at times, Good western action, Tom Selleck plays a great cowboy, Interesting Australian setting,
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Plot: Tom Selleck plays Matthew Quigley, a cowboy and sharpshooter from America with a keen eye and a specially modified rifle with which he can shoot accurately at extraordinary distances. Quigley's weapon of choice is an 1874 Sharps Buffalo Rifle. He answers a newspaper advertisement that asks for men with a special talent in long distance shooting with four words: "Matthew Quigley 900 yards" written on a copy of the advertisement, punctuated by several closely spaced bullet holes. When he arrives in Australia, he is met by employees of the man who hired him, Elliot Marston (Alan Rickman). Quigley tries to prevent the men from forcing "Crazy Cora" (Laura San Giacomo) onto their wagon and beats the men until they learn that Quigley is the individual they were sent to pick up. Quigley is eventually taken to Marston's station in the Western Australian outback.
Marston is infatuated with stories of quick-draw gunslingers from the American Old West, believing himself to have been born on the wrong continent, and amazed that Quigley has actually been to Dodge City. He informs Quigley his sharpshooting skills will be used to eradicate the increasingly elusive native Aborigines. Marston's killing of aborigines is technically illegal, but he implies that it is tolerated by the local military police with whom Marston has "an arrangement." Quigley, who believed he was hired to shoot dingos, finds the idea abhorrent and the two men are quickly headed for a showdown. Watch the movie to see what happens next.
Plot: 8.4/10- Quigley Down Under's plot is a classic adventure movie with a Australia twist.
Action: 8.3/10- The action was very good classic western action adventure.
Acting: 8.3/10- Tom Selleck plays a very good cowboy and Laura San Giacomo was very funny.
Special effects: N/A
Soundtrack: 7.9/10- The soundtrack had a very classic western feel to it.
Comedy: 9.0/10- Laura San Giacomo's character was very funny but Quigley Down Under is not a comedy.
Overall: 8.3/10- Overall Quigley Down Under is a very good western that brings back the classic western genre.
Closing comments: If you don't like westerns you probably won't like Quigley Down Under but if you do like westerns you should check it out.
Recommended for: Western fans, Adventure fans,