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The Proposition

Directed by John Hillcoat
United Kingdom, Australia, 2005
Western, Crime, Drama


With the Australian outback circa 1880s serving as the backdrop, comes the story of the Burns Brother gang. Captain Stanley attempts to bring an end to violence by offering a proposition to Charlie Burns: he has nine days to kill his psychopathic brother, otherwise his younger brother will be hung.

Our take

A Western for the 21st century! Working from a script by the versatile Nick Cave (!), Australian director John Hillcoat rewired a classically American genre for his homeland, resulting in a vivid, windswept blood epic. The excellent cast includes Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, and Emily Watson.

The Proposition Directed by John Hillcoat

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2006 | Winner: Gucci Prize

London Critics Circle Film Awards

2007 | Nominee: British Supporting Actress of the Year

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

2006 | Nominee: Best Supporting Performance, Male

Critics reviews

It’s as primal, savage, and downright miserablist as all but the greatest of Hollywood’s terminal oat operas.
May 02, 2006
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