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Quigley Down Under

Quigley Down Under

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Quigley Down Under, Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from America by an Australian rancher so he can shoot aborigines at a distance. Quigley takes exception to this and leaves. The rancher tries to kill him for refusing, and Quigley escapes into the brush with a woman he rescued from some of the rancher’s men, and are helped by aborigines. Quigley returns the help, before going on to destroy all his enemies.

If you like the classic western you will like Quigley

It will surprise many Americans but Australia had a “wild west” like America. One can read up on Ned Kelly, for example. And they had a gold rush at Ballarat, in the state of Victoria (near Melbourne, I believe).

Their Outback, which starts just a few miles in from the coast, is the most desolate and hostile terrain one can encounter. And I have been to some deserts around the world. Kudos to the Aborigines for actually knowing how to survive in such a place.

So, add this with a hero (Selleck) who comes from Wyoming answering a somewhat vague ad from our urbane villain (Alan Rickman) who is a station (ranch) owner in the outback. Rickman wants a sharpshooter for a job unspecified. When Selleck learns the true purpose for his hiring he decides to right some wrongs.

It’s a classic western of the solitary hero who stands up to evil and defeats it. The Sharps rifle is one of the stars, too.

If you like westerns you will like Quigley.

One of the best westerns of modern times

Quigley Down Under. Unlike most “modern” westerns, this one is unburdened by the usual Hollywood flaws: overproduction, overacting and a massive cast of big names demanding their share of “face time.” Selleck & San Giacomo do a masterful job of creating honest, three-dimensional characters facing a truly evil antagonist — a part played with fiendish perfection by the superb Alan Rickman. Even the minor characters on both sides are well-cast and well-acted. Two other “stars” of this exceptionally fine film are Quigley’s Sharps rifle and the musical score. The unusual, catchy theme will stick in your mind, and some of the dialogue will pass into screen legend, such as Quigley’s remark about the Colt revolvers: “I said I didn’t have much use for them. I never said I didn’t know how to use one.” To be sure, the writers take a few necessary liberties with the plot to make everything work, as in any movie, but it does work well. My wife, who is a gun enthusiast but not a big fan of westerns, has watched “Quigley” 7 or 8 times and never tires of it. There are a few films that will bear watching that often: The Usual Suspects, All About Eve, High Noon, Casablanca — to name a few. Quigley is one of these.

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