Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.
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
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 »
The scene of the shoot out at Glenrowan shows many police being shot. In reality, the only police casualty was Superintendent Francis Hare who received a slight wound to his wrist. See more »
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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Why does everyone who takes on the English establishment have to be hard done by, be decent, lovable and good natured at heart and freedom loving but oppressed and thus driven to fight back against tyranny and injustice. The fact is that the Kelly gang were the local thieves and rogues who were forever in trouble with the police. They were of Irish descent but so were the police at all levels of rank and so was the Judge who had Ned Kelly hung. When four police tried to arrest the gang three policemen were shot dead, one as he lay wounded at Ned Kelly's feet, and one escaped. The Kelly gang was now a bunch of murderers who eventually got what they deserved. After having said that it must be accepted that Ned was brave in that, dressed in his suit of armor, he came back to fight the police face to face in the final shoot-out. But he was no folk hero, just a pitiless criminal. He was a hard man and if only the film makers showed him as he was with emphasis on him being such a tough character and as such a menace to the community even though he was personally courageous. Being as brave as he was should not make us naturally assumes that he must be an admirable personality.
The film is not a documentary but how refreshing and honest it would be if the Kelly gang had been shown in their true light. That might have made it a great movie instead of being forgetful rubbish.
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