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John Hurt

The Proposition

John Hurt is part of a fantastic cast in this gritty, Nick Cave-penned western.

Image from The Proposition

Photograph: Tartan Films

Australia-UK 2005
Dir John Hillcoat
With John Hurt, Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson
Certificate 18

In the Australian outback in the 1880s, the Burns brothers are a force to be reckoned with. After a brutal murder, Charlie Burns is made an offer. He can save his younger brother Mikey if he takes out his psychopathic older brother Arthur. This unsettling, thought-provoking film was written by Nick Cave and features a brief but show-stopping performance by Hurt as an inebriate with a secret to hide.


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