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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kris McQuade ...
Grace Kelly
Kiri Paramore ...
Constable Fitzpatrick
Susan Scott
Robert Scott
Premier Graham Berry
Jane Jones


Though recognized for heroism as a lad, Ned Kelly can not escape the stigma of being the eldest of a brood sired by a known criminal. In days when an arrest equaled guilt and a conviction, his unfair imprisonment for horse thievery puts him steadfast, in the eyes of Victorian police, on the wrong side of things for life. With a sister unable to dissuade the unwanted advances of Constable Fitzpatrick, Ned, his brother Dan, and friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart soon find themselves labeled "an outlaw gang" by the less-than-honorable constable. It's a designation they're apt to live up to after Ned's mother is unfairly arrested and sentenced to three years hard labor. In retaliation, the Kelly Gang strikes out against the oppressive Victorian government, with ultimately tragic results and passage into Australian folklore. Written by statmanjeff

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The British Empire branded them as outlaws. The oppressed called them heroes. See more »

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Rated R for violence and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gesetzlos - Die Geschichte des Ned Kelly  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$743,752 (Australia) (11 April 2003)


$74,864 (USA) (2 April 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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The Sydney Morning Herald suggested that Heath Ledger was made for the role because when he tried on Ned Kelly's original iron armour, it fit perfectly. Heath Ledger was quoted saying, "It was quite eerie actually ... we're the same height and the same body weight. He was skinny 'cause he was starving, I'm skinny 'cause I don't go to the gym." See more »


This is a romanticized, fictionalized account of Kelly's life, and as such is full of historical inaccuracies. It is not a documentary. See more »


[first lines]
Ned Kelly: I was the hero of Hughes Creek. I can still see the glint in me Da's eye as he looked down at me, his hand on me shoulder. What did he call me that day? Ah, what did Da call me? That's right. He called me Sunshine.
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Version of The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) See more »


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A tribute to all concerned
15 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The performances were superb, the costumes delivered a unique feeling for the period and being a Victorian Living Historian, I was impressed with the accuracy of weaponry and attention to detail.

I wouldn't say you need any knowledge of the Kelly saga to stay with the flow of this movie but to comprehend the happenings and attitudes of the time you will require a bit of basic historical knowledge. Do not expect, as some rather silly people do, any of the characters to have the Auzzie accent as we know it, it was, at that time, a country during infancy.

OK, the story had some elements of fiction but these are required for a wider following of the film. Gregor Jordan said in the extra feature on the DVD that he wanted his movie to 'inspire an interest', and that is exactly what happened with me so this movie gets the thumbs up here.

See it and you WILL NOT be sorry

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