Available on blu-ray now is one of the most popular films of 1990 from director Simon Wincer and MGM/20th Century Fox with Tom Selleck “Quigley Down Under”.
This film tells the story of Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck), a tall quiet gunman who is answering an ad placed by Elliott Marston (Alan Rickman) in the land down under of Australia. It becomes clear that Marston’s goal is to kill aborigines to clear out his ranch.
Quigley flat out refuses and the gunfire begins as he tries to fight back. He ends up in the dessert with Crazy Cora (Laura San Giacomo). Saved by the aborigines he was told to kill, Quigley and Cora learn about a caring people who share their culture.
Quigley now knows he must do whatever it takes to save these people. Marston started this and now Quigley is going to finish it.
FINAL WORD: Selleck as Quigley is the only actor who could have pulled this off. With his quiet demeanor and humble self-assurance, Selleck is perfection. In this role he not only shows his western action hero side, but the side that made it easy for women to swoon over him! He has a resume of roles that are still viewed by audiences today including his recent success with the television series “Blue Bloods”.
San Giacomo does a lovely job as Crazy Cora. She brings this role plenty of feisty and emotion at the same time. Playing opposite Selleck, she brings out the softer side of Quigley. San Giacomo has also had a successful film and television career playing roles in such films as “The Stand” and television series “Just Shoot Me”.
Rickman as Marston is everything one would expect of him. Marston is full of himself, arrogant and self-serving – and Rickman serves it up proper! It was his role as Hans Gruber in “Die Hard” that brought this actor to the forefront to American audiences. It didn’t take long before he became the iconic Professor Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series of films.
Other cast include: Chris Haywood as Major Ashley-Pitt, Ron Haddrick as Grimmelman, Tony Bonner as Dobkin, Jerome Ehlers as Coogan, and William Zappa as Reilly.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Quigley Down Under” four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is one of those films you want to own and watch again and again. Now with the crisp perfection of blu-ray, it is a real treat!
The DVD includes “The Rebirth of the Western” documentary along with television spots and theatrical trailers for the film.
In the end – there’s a price on his head, girl on his mind and justice to be served.