This FAQ is empty. Add the first question. User Reviews The narrative may be weak but there is much to make up for it in this hauntingly beautiful and bleak film 19 March by bob the moo — See all my reviews Australia is a country in the throws of settlement by the English and lawlessness is rife. As the bloody clearing of aborigines continues, one gang's attack on a white family causes outrage.
There maybe some familiar characters, the outlaws, the law, the dodgy mayor and so on but they are anything but the cliche characters that fill most westerns. And there is a rawness to "The Proposition" as well, an unrelenting sun baked outback, dirt and flies everywhere and characters that look filthy and sweaty. It makes for a visual experience which is as far away from a Hollywood western as you can get and whilst there are the familiar character types the actual storyline is different and surprisingly brutal. As such "The Proposition" is on one hand a surprisingly good western but then on the other a western which takes time to get use to when you are only use to the more traditional westerns. It's the late 19th century in the Australian Outback and Captain Stanley Ray Winstone - Sexy Beast has been employed to hunt down the Burns brothers following their brutal attack on a farm where a pregnant woman was raped and then the entire family murdered.
Plot[ edit ] Set in the Australian outback in the s, the movie follows a series of events following the horrific rape and murder of the Hopkins family, committed by the infamous Burns brothers gang. The film opens in a remote building with a violent gunfight between the police and Charlie Burns' Guy Pearce gang, which ends with the deaths of all of the gang members except for Charlie and his younger brother Mikey. Captain Stanley Ray Winstone makes a proposition to Charlie: Arthur is a mercurial psychopath who is so vicious the Aboriginal tribes refer to him as "The Dog Man" and both the police and the Aborigines refuse to go near his camp. Captain Stanley states his intention to civilize the harsh Australian wilderness by bringing Arthur to justice and using Mikey as leverage.
In the s, the Burns gang has long been pursued ineffectively by Captain Stanley, raiding, plundering, ravishing women and then disappearing into the outback. Finally, in the wake of the rape and murder of the Hopkins family, Stanley captures the two younger Burns brothers: But he really wants oldest brother Arthur, who runs the gang. Stanley gives Charlie the Proposition of the title: Charlie has to choose which brother will live—the sweeter and not-responsible-for-his-actions Mikey, or the intelligent and charismatic but violent, nasty and wild Arthur.
Dave is never right. Every year in the spring he makes his bold prediction, I write it down. Then summer, I write it down. And so on. He's never been correct. Mid-November and we're already seeing 15's or colder, doesn't sound mild to me. El Nino and all, it's going to be winter and colder than last year. If I'm wrong I'll fire myself. He should do the same.