The Proposition

The Proposition

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Average of 708 ratings: 3.2 Stars

2005 M Contains violence,offensive language and content that may disturb.

This Land Will Be Civilized

In this uncompromising Australian period drama, conscience competes with loyalty and love spurs revenge. Three brothers fight for their place in a beautiful, brutal landscape, but one must be forsaken to save another in the unconscionable "Proposition".

Set in the 1880s, the film opens in the middle of a frenzied gunfight between the police and a gang of outlaws. Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) and his brother Mikey are captured by Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone). Together with their formidable brother Arthur (Danny Huston), they are wanted for a brutal crime. Stanley makes Charlie a seemingly impossible proposition in an attempt to bring an end to the cycle of turmoil.

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Duration
100 minutes
Studio
UK Film Council

DVD details

Screen Format
2.35:1 Widescreen
Zone
4
Subtitles
English for the Hearing Impaired
Audio
English Dolby Digital 5.1 448kbps, English Dolby Digital 2.0 224kbps

15 Member Reviews Write a review

4 by DJ36

Haunting and atmospheric gothic western that maintains the exact right tone throughout. The characters with no redeeming features are suitably dispatched, and those with some hope are left in a battered... Read more

5 by Sophia-Colin

A moral tale that isn't self-righteous and the best Australin film for a long time. Brutal scenes, but completely fitting with the story. Excellent acting from all the cast - not a hint of the Home and Away or Neighbours school of acting.

5 by Jo & Hitendra

One of my top ten movies, although it does (unfortunately) lose a little on the small screen ... we nearly went out and bought a bigger telly half way through. Beautifully made yet also not completely... Read more

3 by Conmeister

Good movie though a bit disturbing to watch Guy Pearce looking terribly gaunt and anorexic. Amazing setting in the Australian desert, beautiful aboriginal music score and songs.

4 by chesmar

This was a great movie, Guy Pearce is a great actor and it shows in this. Loved it and the story line. Well worth a look.

1 by dodgee

Overrated synopsis - level of violence was quite shocking no real story to it at all.

2 by jayncee

I was disappointed with this. The synopsis sounded great but the film didn't stack up. Guy Pearce was disappointing and talk about grisly!.

3 by the webbs

Different, starts out guns and fire then slows down abit, not for children as the violence content could be disturbing. Good movie though if nothing eles to watch.

2 by JJ56

Oh well, the spell has been broken. Up to this movie I have never seen Guy Pearce in a poor film. This one was certainly lacking. Guy Pearce hardly said a word the entire time - I had more lines... Read more

4 by Glen22

A sledgehammer of a film. Beautifully shot,violent as hell and all in all fine story telling. From a Nick Cave screenplay,its a very dark and gritty experience.Recommended.