Movie Review–Quigley Down Under (1990)

Written by John Hill

Directed by Simon Wincer

Starring Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of western violence and shootings, brief nudity and some language.

1 hr 59 min

Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video


Tom Selleck hasn’t had the best of luck in the world of film. He went from being a household icon in Magnum P.I. to a slew of Hollywood flops in the nineties, topped of by the more recent crap fest that is the Jesse Stone series. But there was one movie in the mix that was the exception. Quigley Down Under is the story of American marksman Matthew Quigley and his adventures in the Australian outback. It plays out like a classic legend. Quigley’s skill as a sharpshooter seems to come from the gods and, like a hero of old, so does his ego. He is stubborn, cocky, and endlessly persistent.

Selleck would never have pulled it off without his glorious mustache, which gives him an air of unmatched manliness. I’m not kidding. This movie will give you a new found respect for that epic cookie-catcher.

Something should also be said for Rickman, who is so perfectly hate-able you kinda grow to like him. And I guess his mustache is cool too, but in the end it’s overwhelmed by that spectacular beast of masculinity on Selleck’s upper lip.

Quigley Down Under is a great time. Shootouts, mustaches, romance, dingos…what more could you ask for?

3 out of 4 stars

3 out of 4 stars


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