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Quigley Down Under interprets the modern Western score from a distinctly Australian perspective. Basil Poledouris' aw-shucks melodies and quirky arrangements employ French horn, banjo, and clarinet to create a vivid evocation of gunslinger life in the Outback. While Lonesome Dove remains Poledouris' definitive work in the Western arena, Quigley Down Under possesses no shortfall of charm or imagination; its playful approach bubbles with an energy quite uncommon to the genre, avoiding portent and ponderousness to communicate the joie de vivre of its characters and setting. Most impressive is Poledouris' stirring main theme, a bold, oddly funky reinvention of the classic Western fanfare that immediately serves notice that Quigley Down Under is a horse of a very different color.


Born: 21 August 1945

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Composer Basil Poledouris has scored a wide variety of major Hollywood features and television movies of the '70s,'80s and '90s. Before breaking into the film industry Poledouris earned a music and composition degrees from Long Beach State University and attended both the Los Angeles film school and the AFI school. He frequently collaborates with filmmaker John Milius, whom he met while...
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