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The Proposition

HD   R Closed Captioning

John Hillcoat

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About the Movie

In the harsh, unforgiving landscape of the Outback, Charlie Burns is presented with an impossible proposition by local law enforcer Captain Stanley: the only way to save younger brother Mikey from the gallows is to track down and kill Arthur, his psychotic older brother. Meanwhile Captain Stanley is desperate to shield his innocent wife from the brutalities of their new surroundings, having given up their comfortable life in England. An uneasy sense of foreboding grows as each character faces a punishing moral dilemma that leads inexorably to a devastating climax.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 124
  • Fresh: 107
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A pitiless yet elegiac Australian Western as caked with beauty as it is with blood. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: The squeamish should skip this film. But its recurring violence seems justified in terms of the story Cave sets out to tell and is up a familiar alley for the songwriter who has an album called Murder Ballads. – Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A near-masterpiece of mood and menace, and one that deserves to be seen on the largest screen possible. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

Fresh: Offering proportionate measures of raw violence and lyrical soliloquizing, the Peckinpah-influenced The Proposition is for those who prefer their western action unvarnished but immaculately framed. – Jan Stuart, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


This movie is incredible! I was not expecting much out of it since I am very particular when it comes to westerns, but my father brought it home one day and I decided to give it a chance and I am so glad I did. The acting is amazing, the cinematography is fabulous, the soundtrack incredible... every component in this movie compliments one another. It's definitely not your classic western either... it's hard to describe. I am clueless as to why this movie has not made waves!


amazing,suberb, one of the best westerns i have ever seen(and i've seen alot)

5.99, best bang for buck

Fantastic movie! Dark! Solid story line! I'd pay $20 for the movie.

The Proposition
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Western
  • Released: 2006

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