Quigley Down Under (1990) Online
Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from America by an Australian rancher so he can shoot aborigines at a distance. Quigley takes exception to this and leaves. The rancher tries to kill him for refusing, and Quigley escapes into the brush with a woman he rescued from some of the rancher's men, and are helped by aborigines. Quigley returns the help, before going on to destroy all his enemies.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Tom Selleck||-||Matthew Quigley|
|Laura San Giacomo||-||Crazy Cora|
|Alan Rickman||-||Elliott Marston|
|Chris Haywood||-||Major Ashley-Pitt|
|Jonathan Sweet||-||Sergeant Thomas|
Sharps Rifles are now so inseparably related to this film that they are commonly nicknamed "Quigley guns." Sales for such weapons increased by over 1000% following the film's release, especially in the United States and Australia, and continue through 2013.
Three Sharps rifles were built for the film: one for shooting, one as a club in the fight scenes, and a back-up weapon in case one was damaged. Tom Selleck requested to keep the 3 rifles built for the film. He had two of them reconditioned to remove scratches and straighten and tighten some of the moving parts. Years later, he signed and auctioned 2 of them as part of a fundraiser for the National Rifle Association, of which he is a national board member. Selleck donated the third rifle, with its fringed leather scabbard, and belt knife to the Brownell's Family Museum.
The film was to have been Steve McQueen's next film after The Hunter (1980), but he fell ill shortly after making that, so the project was scrapped. It was revived several times throughout the 1980s, with various stars in mind for the lead. Harrison Ford was offered the lead role, but turned it down because he considered it too visibly similar to Indiana Jones. The lead was first offered to Tom Selleck in 1985. He had to turn it down because of his commitment to Частный детектив Магнум (1980). When the series concluded in 1988, he quickly asked if the role was still available, and accepted it. The producers spent another year gathering a reasonable budget.
Quigley's ability to shoot accurately to over 1200 yards (1.09 kilometers), with iron sights, is not as far-fetched as it sounds. In 1874, during the Second Battle of Adobe Walls, in northern Texas, William Dixon used a .50-110 Sharps to shoot a Native American off his horse from 1,538 yards (1.4 kilometers). Such a heavy bullet propelled by black powder would have a trajectory similar to that of an arrow fired from 100 yards, striking its target at a 30-degree down angle. Dixon claimed his shot was pure luck.
Matthew Quigley's gun is a replica model 1874 Sharps Buffalo Rifle, built by Shiloh Rifles of Montana. They are chambered in .45-110, which is a .45 caliber bullet propelled by 110 grains of black powder. This round was the most accurate and powerful in the world until the advent of smokeless gunpowders.
While discussing the Colt army revolver during the dinner in Marston's house, Quigley quips that "God made all men. They say Sam Colt made them equal". This is a paraphrase of the post-civil war slogan "Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal".
Alan Rickman decided to take the part because filming was taking place in Australia. He always wanted to visit Australia.
One of a number of early career movie roles where English actor Alan Rickman portrayed a villain after his breakthrough movie role as one in Крепкий орешек (1988). Rickman's other villainous film rogues from this period include the pictures Quigley Down Under (1990) and Робин Гуд: Принц воров (1991).
The four words that Matthew Quigley used to answer the "long-distance shooting" newspaper wanted advertisement read, "M. Quigley 900 yards".
Screenwriter John Hill first began writing the film's screenplay in 1978.
The picture was produced by the then just newly formed Pathe Group under the control of Alan Ladd Jr. whose passion for the project assisted the picture to get financed and green-lit.
In the opening scene, the real name of the ship is the Alma Doepel which was launched in 1903. A three-masted topsail schooner and is one of the oldest such ships surviving.
In real life, Quigley would have picked up his spent bullet shells and saved them for reloading later, since replacing them would have been impossible.
Both Steve McQueen and Clint Eastwood were considered for the lead role of Matthew Quigley which in the end was cast with Tom Selleck.
The name of the country outback station in Australia was "Marston Waters" named after the family surname of Elliott Marston (Alan Rickman).
The evil British officer in this movie is Major Ashley-Pitt. The first Ashley-Pitt to appear in the movies was David McCallum's character in The Great Escape. That Ashley-Pitt was a Royal Navy aviator, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. A major and Lt. Cmdr. are equivalent ranks.
First of three collaborations, all westerns, between Tom Selleck director Simon Wincer. The other two, Монти Уолш (2003) and Под перекрестным огнем (2001), were television productions.
This Australian movie western had three top-billed stars none of whom were Australian. Tom Selleck is from the USA, Alan Rickman is English, and Laura San Giacomo is American but of Italian origin.
The character Grimmelman is portrayed by actor Ron Haddrick whose real life wife's maiden name is Margaret Lorraine Quigley.
The movie's closing credits open with their first title card clearly stating: "No animals were killed or injured during the making of this film".
Harrison Ford was offered the lead role but turned it down. This is a reversal of fortunes as Tom Selleck was the original choice to play Indiana Jones but had to turn it down due to filming Magnum P.I.
The name of the Australian outback pub in Fremantle, Western Australia was the "Black Swan Hotel".
The opening theme music is eerily similar to the opening theme music of The Sons of Katie Elder (1965).
The name of the clipper ship was the "Miss Liberty" of the Port of San Francisco.
In the scene where Quigley demonstrates the rifle, he mentions that the bullet is paper patched, which could sound like some Hollywood Mumbo Jumbo. But is an actual thing. A thin layer of paper is placed around the bullet to improve the precision.
According to show-business trade-paper 'Variety', the "script was written for 'Steve McQueen' in the 1970s, then developed in 1984, Rick Rosenthal to helm; project was reactivated in 1986 with Lewis Gilbert scheduled to direct". In the end, the movie starred Tom Selleck and was directed by Simon Wincer.
The opening title card reads, "Fremantle, Western Australia".
First of two 1990s Australian cinema movie westerns directed by Australian director Simon Wincer. The other movies were Джек - молния (1994) and Quigley Down Under (1990). Wincer had previously directed the American television western mini-series Одинокий голубь (1989) and later directed Под перекрестным огнем (2001) the latter which also starred Tom Selleck.
According to the Wikipedia website, during the mid-1980s [around 1986] "the film was almost set up at Warner Bros with Lewis Gilbert as director but it fell over during pre-production".
One of two movies from 1990 with "Down Under" in the title. The other was Rescuers Down Under (1990).
The movie "marks [the] debut film under the Pathe-MGM/UA banner" according to the TCMDb movie database website.
Snipers for the US Navy SEALs call a shot that takes out two people simultaneously a 'Quigley' after the similar occurrence in this movie.
The opening scene where Quigley disembarks was filmed at the pier in Portarlington and the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village which is located in Warrnambool, both in Victoria.
The nickname that Crazy Cora (Laura San Giacomo) had for Matthew Quigley (Tom Selleck) was "Roy" - the name of her estranged husband.