History Film / TheProposition

11th Feb '16 12:32:56 PM potatomarzipan
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Or in this case, retarded younger brothers.
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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Or in this case, retarded younger brothers.
22nd Dec '14 9:09:01 PM Angeldeb82
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Here's a rundown of the plot: Charlie Burns (Creator/GuyPearce) and his younger, mentally retarded brother Mikey are Irish criminals in Australia. After a shootout in a brothel, they are both arrested and imprisoned. During the interrogation, Cpt. Stanley (Creator/RayWinstone) gives Charlie the titular proposition: track down and kill the oldest Burns brother, Arthur (Creator/DannyHuston, son of Creator/JohnHuston and half-brother of [[Creator/AnjelicaHuston Anjelica]]), and both Charlie and Mikey will be released. Charlie is forced to choose which brother will die - the mentally retarded and innocent child, or the protective big brother and father figure. Until then, poor Mikey will remain in the Banyon Jail, and if the job is not done by Christmas Day, Mikey will be hanged and the manhunt for Charlie and Arthur will resume.
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Here's a rundown of the plot: Charlie Burns (Creator/GuyPearce) and his younger, mentally retarded brother Mikey are Irish criminals in Australia. After a shootout in a brothel, they are both arrested and imprisoned. During the interrogation, Cpt. Stanley (Creator/RayWinstone) gives Charlie the titular proposition: track down and kill the oldest Burns brother, Arthur (Creator/DannyHuston, son of Creator/JohnHuston and half-brother of [[Creator/AnjelicaHuston Anjelica]]), Creator/{{Anjelica|Huston}}), and both Charlie and Mikey will be released. Charlie is forced to choose which brother will die - the mentally retarded and innocent child, or the protective big brother and father figure. Until then, poor Mikey will remain in the Banyon Jail, and if the job is not done by Christmas Day, Mikey will be hanged and the manhunt for Charlie and Arthur will resume.

* DisposableSexWorker: No-one appears bothered by the death of the Chinese prostitutes killed in the opening shootout.

* BittersweetEnding: Compared to most stories, it's a DownerEnding. Compared with anything else NickCave has written, it's pretty happy. * BlackAndGrayMorality: Although only one or two characters in the whole film qualify on the "gray" side. [[CrapsackWorld And they don't get to do a whole lot of heroic things throughout]].
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* BittersweetEnding: Compared to most stories, it's a DownerEnding. Compared with anything else NickCave Music/NickCave has written, it's pretty happy. * BlackAndGrayMorality: Although only one or two characters in the whole film qualify on the "gray" side. [[CrapsackWorld And they don't get to do a whole lot of heroic things throughout]].throughout.]]

* DistressedDamsel: Martha, at the end.
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* DistressedDamsel: DamselInDistress: Martha, at the end.end. * DisposableSexWorker: No-one appears bothered by the death of the Chinese prostitutes killed in the opening shootout.

* FauxAffablyEvil. Arhur's actions, other characters reactions and his past make it clear that he lost his affablity a long time ago. In the end it turns out he doesn't even care [[spoiler: for his own family anymore]].
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* FauxAffablyEvil. Arhur's FauxAffablyEvil: Arthur's actions, other characters reactions and his past make it clear that he lost his affablity affability a long time ago. In the end it turns out he doesn't even care [[spoiler: for his own family anymore]].

* LandDownunder: Played in a very un-stereotypical way * LargeHam: Jellon Lamb when he's drunk, and Sam [[spoiler: when he's pretending to be a policeman]]
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* LandDownunder: LandDownUnder: Played in a very un-stereotypical way * LargeHam: Jellon Lamb when he's drunk, and Sam [[spoiler: when he's pretending to be a policeman]]policeman]].

* PsychoForHire: Sergeant Matthews, who works under Captain Stanley. He is almost as horribly evil as any of the main villains, and leads a massacre of an aborigine village. Arthur may be worse than him, but when he murders this guy, it's his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. * PunchClockVillain: The third member of Arthur's gang, Two-Bob, is a hard to hate: he is a resourceful and BadAss aborigine who just wants his land back, and is notably absent for Arthur and Sam's big MoralEventHorizon.
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* PsychoForHire: Sergeant Matthews, who works under Captain Stanley. He is almost as horribly evil as any of the main villains, and leads a massacre of an aborigine village. Arthur may be worse than him, but when he murders this guy, it's his CrowningMomentOfAwesome. SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome. * PunchClockVillain: The third member of Arthur's gang, Two-Bob, is a hard to hate: he is a resourceful and BadAss {{Badass}} aborigine who just wants his land back, and is notably absent for Arthur and Sam's big MoralEventHorizon.

* ATasteOfTheLash: [[NoKillLikeOverkill More than just a taste]]. Fletcher sentences the mentally handicapped Mikey to a hundred lashes from the cat o' nine tails. They don't even reach forty lashes before the previously baying audience have all [[NauseaFuel turned away in disgust and Mikey's back is reduced to bleeding ribbons]]. A blood-splattered Fletcher [[MoralEventHorizon still wants the full hundred lashes]].
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* ATasteOfTheLash: [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill More than just a taste]]. Fletcher sentences the mentally handicapped Mikey to a hundred lashes from the cat o' nine tails. They don't even reach forty lashes before the previously baying audience have all [[NauseaFuel turned away in disgust and Mikey's back is reduced to bleeding ribbons]]. A blood-splattered Fletcher [[MoralEventHorizon still wants the full hundred lashes]].

* WhatNowEnding: You were expecting anything else from NickCave?
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* WhatNowEnding: You were expecting anything else from NickCave?Music/NickCave?
18th Nov '14 4:35:04 AM mazaka
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* BlackAndGrayMorality
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* BlackAndGrayMoralityBlackAndGrayMorality: Although only one or two characters in the whole film qualify on the "gray" side. [[CrapsackWorld And they don't get to do a whole lot of heroic things throughout]].
18th Nov '14 4:29:21 AM mazaka
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Arthur is a raging psychopath, yes, but no one had any problem with his killing Sergeant Matthews. And then there's what he does to Jellon Lamb, in contrast. Yes, Lamb is a horrible man, but ColdBloodedTorture is still crossing a line.
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Arthur is a raging brutal psychopath, yes, but no one had any problem with his killing Sergeant Matthews. And then there's what he does to Jellon Lamb, in contrast. Yes, Lamb is a horrible man, but ColdBloodedTorture is still crossing a line.

* PetTheDog: When Charlie is hurt, Arthur is clearly beside himself with worry, and [[spoiler:when Charlie reveals Stanley's plan, Arthur immediately forgives his planned betrayal and sets out to rescue Mikey.]]
11th Nov '14 5:30:32 PM mlsmithca
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* PetTheDog: When Charlie is hurt, Arthur is clearly beside himself with worry, and [[spoiler:when Charlie reveals Stanley's plan, Arthur immediately forgives his planned betrayal and sets out to rescue Mikey.]]

* PoliceBrutality:While Captain Stanley is a gentleman, his men are not, to put it mildly
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* PoliceBrutality:While PoliceBrutality: While Captain Stanley is a gentleman, his men are not, to put it mildlymildly.

* WickedCultured: Jellon Lamb, "man of no little education", and Arthur Burns.
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* WickedCultured: Jellon Lamb, "man of no little education", and Arthur Burns. In Arthur's case, the trope is used to humanize him, rather than its standard use as just another villainous trapping.
10th Nov '14 7:03:48 AM RoxanneOfLoveAndHate
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* PetTheDog: When Charlie is hurt, Arthur is clearly beside himself with worry, and [[spoiler:when Charlie reveals Stanley's plan, Arthur immediately forgives his planned betrayal and sets out to rescue Mikey.]]

* WickedCultured: Jellon Lamb, "man of no little education", and Arthur Burns. In Arthur's case, the trope is used to humanize him, rather than its standard use as just another villainous trapping.
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* WickedCultured: Jellon Lamb, "man of no little education", and Arthur Burns. In Arthur's case, the trope is used to humanize him, rather than its standard use as just another villainous trapping.
5th Sep '14 9:30:33 AM nelec
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Here's a rundown of the plot: Charlie Burns (Creator/GuyPearce) and his younger, mentally retarded brother Mikey are Irish criminals in Australia. After a shootout in a brothel, they are both arrested and imprisoned. During the interrogation, Cpt. Stanley (RayWinstone) gives Charlie the titular proposition: track down and kill the oldest Burns brother, Arthur (DannyHuston, son of Creator/JohnHuston and half-brother of [[Creator/AnjelicaHuston Anjelica]]), and both Charlie and Mikey will be released. Charlie is forced to choose which brother will die - the mentally retarded and innocent child, or the protective big brother and father figure. Until then, poor Mikey will remain in the Banyon Jail, and if the job is not done by Christmas Day, Mikey will be hanged and the manhunt for Charlie and Arthur will resume.
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Here's a rundown of the plot: Charlie Burns (Creator/GuyPearce) and his younger, mentally retarded brother Mikey are Irish criminals in Australia. After a shootout in a brothel, they are both arrested and imprisoned. During the interrogation, Cpt. Stanley (RayWinstone) (Creator/RayWinstone) gives Charlie the titular proposition: track down and kill the oldest Burns brother, Arthur (DannyHuston, (Creator/DannyHuston, son of Creator/JohnHuston and half-brother of [[Creator/AnjelicaHuston Anjelica]]), and both Charlie and Mikey will be released. Charlie is forced to choose which brother will die - the mentally retarded and innocent child, or the protective big brother and father figure. Until then, poor Mikey will remain in the Banyon Jail, and if the job is not done by Christmas Day, Mikey will be hanged and the manhunt for Charlie and Arthur will resume.
11th Jul '14 2:46:09 PM Quanyails
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* TheSadisticChoice: Right there in the premise: choose which of your brothers will live.
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* TheSadisticChoice: SadisticChoice: Right there in the premise: choose which of your brothers will live.
26th Jun '14 7:13:24 AM WitchOfTheAbsolute
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I didn't feel sorry for Arthur at all!
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Arthur at the end.]]
22nd May '14 6:46:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* AffablyEvil: Arthur ** More like FauxAffablyEvil. His actions, other characters reactions and his past make it clear that he lost it long time ago. In the end it turns out he doesn't even care [[spoiler: for his own family anymore]].

* AffablyEvil: Arthur ** More like FauxAffablyEvil. His Arhur's actions, other characters reactions and his past make it clear that he lost it his affablity a long time ago. In the end it turns out he doesn't even care [[spoiler: for his own family anymore]].

* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the characters in this movie. Both Jellon Lamb and Sam are heavily racist. Seemingly subverted with Arthur (possibly due to his AffablyEvil nature) who has an [[BlackBestFriend Aborigine best friend]] and is not heard speaking ill of any race, despite being a complete psychopath. See MoralMyopia for more on that.
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the characters in this movie. Both Jellon Lamb and Sam are heavily racist. Seemingly subverted with Arthur (possibly due to his AffablyEvil FauxAffablyEvil nature) who has an [[BlackBestFriend Aborigine best friend]] and is not heard speaking ill of any race, despite being a complete psychopath. See MoralMyopia for more on that.
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