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« on: October 03, 2008, 08:58:48 AM »

I caught this on the Fox Movie Channel

Dir Simon Wincer with Tom Selleck as Matthew Quigley,  Laura San Giacomo as Crazy Cora,  Alan Rickman as Elliott Marston. saw this for the first time a few days ago. The basic story is that Australian rancher Marston hires a sharpshooter Quigley to work his ranch in Australia. When he gets there he finds out the job it to kill Aborigines.

San Giacomo, known for having an ample bosom, is fairly annoying and doesn't offer anything really in the way of sex appeal, none of the usual Western cliche stock scenes (nude bathing in the waterhole, flashing garter & stocking, changing clothes behind a screen, getting partially stripped in an attempted rape) which would have been welcome, she in effect comes off like a sweet sister.

Alan Rickman is very good as the again stock "evil Englishman" but even though I was watching I never quite understood what type of ranch he ran or what the raison d'etre was, maybe I missed it when I went out of the room a few times.

The film was entertaining though a bit too predictable PC, right at the get-go Quigley is a bit to quick to be aghast at shooting Abos, a little bit more motivational exposition here would have helped. Maybe I missed it too. The confrontation with the British Cavalry at the end a little far fetched.

The action  sequences and scenery are good but nothing exceptional.

Worth a rent for something to watch 6-7/10



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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009, 03:00:42 PM »

Watched it today after many years and I agree with @cigar(illo) joe: it's 30 - 40 minutes overlong, superfluous and fairly predictable, but it's entertaining. Tom Selleck and Alan Rickman are OK, the rest of the cats (including Laura San Giacomo) not so much. The movie is saved by the fact that it's set in (the) Australia(n outback), and the Aborigines are depicted much more friendly than the North American Indians, as they're not big proud warriors it's easier for the spectator to feel affiliated with them.


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The thing I always remembered from this movie is when the Aborigines give Quigley and Crazy Cora the big fat white raw live (!) larvae, and wait to see if they're gonna eat them. Grin

Here's what they're called in case someone is interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witchetty_grub

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009, 03:17:26 PM »

San Giacomo, known for having an ample bosom, is fairly annoying and doesn't offer anything really in the way of sex appeal, none of the usual Western cliche stock scenes (nude bathing in the waterhole, flashing garter & stocking, changing clothes behind a screen, getting partially stripped in an attempted rape) which would have been welcome, she in effect comes off like a sweet sister.

I guess a cowboy has to have some sort of love interest, it's what the audience expects... Her whole part was unnecessary, completely without a purpose. The scene with her and the child being attacked by dingos was so lame and stupid I just couldn't believe. Seems her only job was not to know Quigley's name, which saved his life in the end, hah.

Alan Rickman is very good as the again stock "evil Englishman" but even though I was watching I never quite understood what type of ranch he ran or what the raison d'etre was, maybe I missed it when I went out of the room a few times.

I was asking myself the same question throughout the movie, it was not explained. Cattle, probably.

Like the nature of his relationship with the British major; from what I could gather they seemed to be friends earlier in the movie but in the end the major looks like he doesn't really give a hoot about him being killed.

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