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Quigley Down Under [1990] (1 disc)

Director:Simon Wincer
Writer:John Hill
Composer:Basil Poledouris
Length:120 minutes
(2 hours 0 minute)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:58%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: An American sharp-shooter shows up in Australia for a job interview but has reservations when he learns what's expected of him.

Reaction: Not a terrific movie, but Sellick is, as always, easy going and charismatic.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Simon Wincer => Director
John Hill => Writer
Basil Poledouris => Composer
Alan Rickman => Elliott Marston
Ben Mendelsohn => O'Flynn
Chris Haywood => Major Ashley-Pitt
Conor McDermottroe => Hobb
Danny Adcock => Mitchell
Jerome Ehlers => Coogan
Jonathan Sweet => Sergeant Thomas
Karen Davitt => Slattern
Kylie Foster => Slattern
Laura San Giacomo => Crazy Cora
Roger Ward => Brophy
Ron Haddrick => Grimmelman
Steve Dodd => Kunkurra
Tom Selleck => Matthew Quigley
Tony Bonner => Dobkin
William Zappa => Reilly

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The film was to have been Steve McQueen's follow-up to The Hunter, but he fell ill shortly after filming The Hunter, so the project was scrapped. It was revived several times throughout the 1980s, with various stars in mind for the lead. Harrison Ford was offered the lead role, but turned it down because he considered it too visibly similar to Indiana Jones. The lead was first offered to Tom Selleck in 1985. He had to turn it down because of his commitment to [Magnum, P.I.]. When the series concluded in 1988, he quickly asked if the role was still available, and accepted it. The producers spent another year gathering a reasonable budget.
  • The infamous gun that is used by the main character Matthew Quigley is a replica model 1874 Sharps Buffalo Rifle. Just as the movie states, it is fitted to fire .45-110 paper patch black powder cartridges, and has a barrel length of 34 inches, four inches longer than the original. The original rifle used in the movie was made by one of the replica makers, and a total of three were provided.
  • Three Sharps rifles were built for the film: one for shooting, one as a club in the fight scenes, and a back-up weapon in case one was damaged. Tom Selleck requested to keep the 3 rifles built for the film. He had two of them reconditioned to remove scratches and straighten and tighten some of the moving parts. Years later, he signed and auctioned 2 of them as part of a fundraiser for the National Rifle Association, of which he is a national board member. Selleck donated the third rifle, with its fringed leather scabbard, and belt knife to the Brownell's Family Museum.
  • Alan Rickman decided to take the part because filming was taking place in Australia. He always wanted to visit Australia.
  • Snipers for the US Navy SEALs call a shot that takes out two people simultaneously a 'Quigley' after the similar occurrence in this movie.