The Proposition

The Proposition

Director: John Hillcoat Cast: Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson
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An outlaw is goaded into taking on justice at its most brutal in this hard-edged Western set in rural Australia in the 1880s. Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) is a criminal living in the outback. He and his two brothers, Arthur (Danny Huston) and Mikey (Richard Wilson), are on the run from the law for rape and murder. Arthur is a violent and dangerous sociopath with a much longer rap sheet than his siblings and a reputation for hiding out in villages so lawless the police are afraid to visit them, while Mikey is a much younger and more impressionable chap. The authorities capture Charlie and Mikey after a bloody shootout, and the brothers are handed over to Capt. Stanley (Ray Winstone), a British lawman sent to Australia to help bring order to the colonies. Stanley proposes a deal to Charlie, explaining that it's Arthur he really wants, and that he's willing to spare the childlike and terrified Mikey if Charlie can find Arthur and murder him. Charlie, realizing that this is his only hope to save his simpleton younger brother (who is scheduled to be hanged on Christmas Day), agrees and sets out to find and execute his other brother, who he believes has gone too far into the world of crime. As Charlie scours the backwaters of Australia, he encounters Jellon Lamb (John Hurt), an educated yet thoroughly menacing bounty hunter. In time, Charlie finds his brother, but isn't certain if he can carry out his mission. Meanwhile, Stanley struggles to bring a European sense of civility to the rough and tumble land he now calls home, while his wife Martha (Emily Watson) becomes the focus of the lustful appetites of the men in town. The Proposition was written by rock star and novelist Nick Cave; he previously collaborated with director John Hillcoat on the film Ghosts... of the Civil Dead.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2006
UPC: 0687797112194
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Alchemy / Millennium
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:44:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director and writer commentary; 5 behind-the-scenes featurettes; Scene selections; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Previews; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Guy Pearce Charlie Burns
Ray Winstone Captain Stanley
Emily Watson Martha Stanley
Danny Huston Arthur Burns
John Hurt Jellon Lamb
David Wenham Eden Fletcher
Noah Taylor Brian O'Leary
David Gulpilil Jacko
Leah Purcell Queenie
Richard Wilson Mike Burns
Tom E. Lewis Two Bob
Robert Morgan Sgt. Lawrence
Oliver Ackland Patrick Hopkins

Technical Credits
John Hillcoat Director
James Atherton Executive Producer
Chris Auty Executive Producer
Nikki Barrett Casting
Kyle Barrett Casting
Bill Booth Art Director
Chris Brown Producer
Nick Cave Score Composer,Screenwriter
Gary Davy Casting
Benoit Delhomme Cinematographer
Sara Giles Executive Producer
Jon Gregory Editor
Michael Hamlyn Executive Producer
Michael Henry Executive Producer
Norman Humphrey Executive Producer
Christopher Kennedy Production Designer
Darren Mallett Asst. Director
Chiara Menage Producer
Marita Mussett Art Director
Jackie O'Sullivan Producer
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Cat Villiers Producer
Craig Walmsley Sound/Sound Designer
Warren Ellis Score Composer
Margot Wilson Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Proposition
1. Main Titles [2:57]
2. The Subject of the Problem [10:17]
3. A Good Evening [7:13]
4. Jellon Lamb [13:33]
5. Dry as a Bone [8:37]
6. The End of Things [9:40]
7. Unfinished Business [9:32]
8. Love Is the Key [9:23]
9. The Dream [9:44]
10. Blinding Dust [8:03]
11. Make Us Truly Thankful [7:53]
12. End Credits [6:56]

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The Proposition 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Skin More than 1 year ago
From the beautiful credits, to the violent opening sequence, to the beautifully shot finally scene involving two brothers watching the sunset, this film is absolutley, and beautifully haunting. At first, i couldnt grasp why this film hit me like a ton of bricks and then after watching it repeatidly, it's just all and all an original film. Guy Pearce plays the middle brother of three, who basically is told by Ray Winstone's character (an amazing performance as a lawman trying to protect his wife, Emma Watson, from the savagery of Australian life) that unless he kills his sadistic older brother, he'll kill his younger brother. The film goes back and forth and focuses on Guy Pearce's journey to finding his older brother and Ray Winstone's effort to hide the brutal secret of a crime committed against a friend of his wifes. The shots alone are absolutley beautiful. The thing that definetly gives the scenes their dreamy-like waves is Nick Cave's score. Nick Cave (who wrote the screenplay) composed an amazing set of songs to the sequences in the film, topping it off to an amazing acted, unpredictable at times film. Having it's fair share off bloody violence (including a "whipping" scene), amazing film all around.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mesmerizing!! This film is the find of the year! You can't take your eyes off the screen! Everything from the acting, to the cinematography, the score, the lyrical story...just amazing. Ray Winstone once again proves to be one of the best actors out there and Guy Pearce is simply brilliant, his performance moved me to tears. This movie stayed with me long after I left the theatre, made me reevaluate the true "civility" of human nature. Go see this movie it truely restored my faith in filmmaking this year! One of the Best of 2006.
steveforbertfan More than 1 year ago
This movie tried real hard to be an epic, but it fell far short.
It was violent and too disturbing (the rape scene) to be a movie that I would consider a masterpiece.
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