The Proposition

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: May 26, 2006 (limited)
DVD: September 19, 2006

Current rating: Rating: 3.38
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Cast: Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, David Wenham


Set in Australia 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 psychopathic 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 bloody violence. Charlie is released to hunt down his murderous older brother in order to save his younger brother from the noose.

Director: John Hillcoat
Studio: Capri Releasing
Producer(s): Chris Browne, Chiara Menage, Jackie O'Sullivan, Cat Villiers
Screenplay: Nick Cave
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  • 5 stars "I loved it! Bullock and Reynolds make the sexiest onscreen couple in years!"
  • 2 stars "Boring...awful characters...distasteful."