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Parents' Guide to

Quigley Down Under

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Australian-set Western has guns, violence, nudity, racism.

Movie PG-13 1990 119 minutes
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Transplanting '90s-era Selleck into the 1860s Australian desert to star as a rugged sharpshooter will be all the information some people need to tune into this reliable but not spectacular Western. In the years since its 1990 release, Quigley Down Under has also amassed a cult following for its detailed depiction and discussion of firearms from the period, with the "Quigley rifle" now a standard term for the Sharps guns used in the movie.

However, anyone with a low boredom threshold for lengthy shootouts might find the movie's two-hour runtime akin to sitting a bit too long in the sun. Selleck delivers as the brawny, compassionate hero that the script requires him to be. But there's no escaping the repetitive nature of his battles with Rickman's petty, murderous Marston, who finds out the hard way that the Outback isn't going to be big enough for the both of them. Adding a dash of emotional depth is Laura San Giacomo's "Crazy Cora," whose hyperactive performance is eventually allowed to settle down into something more measured. Like the rest of the movie, it might not be subtle, but it hits its intended target.

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