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Australian director John Hillcoat first teamed up with singer Nick Cave on 1988's disturbing GHOSTS...OF THE CIVIL DEAD, for which Cave co-authored the screenplay and took a memorably brief acting role. The two reconvene for 2006's THE PROPOSITION, with Cave penning the screenplay and providing a soundtrack written with Dirty Three member Warren Ellis. Cave's 19th-century tale begins with the proposition of the title, as Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) captures fugitive brothers Charley (Guy Pearce) and Mikey Burns (Richard Wilson) at a scene of bloody rape and murder. Informing Charley that he must kill his older brother, Arthur (Danny Huston), in order to be set free, Stanley drags Mikey to a decrepit jailhouse while he waits for Charley to carry out the deed. <br> <br> Hillcoat's Western reeks of the dry desert heat, with flies buzzing, temperatures soaring, and emotions spiraling out of control. As Charley reluctantly sets about his task, Hillcoat and cinematographer Beno?t Delhomme create a mesmeri...
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CastTom Budge
Release Date:  2005
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  First Look Home Entertainment (September 19, 2006)
Runtime:  1hr 44min
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Pros: See review.     Cons: See review.     The Bottom Line: Bleak, gritty, violent, enormously powerful, wonderfully acted, and beautifully shot, The Proposition lays witness to the birth of yet another nation on the backs of the innocent and unsuspecting.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. The Australian Outback. As I explained to my 13-year old daughter the other day, there are few places more …
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