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Ned Kelly (1970)

GP | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 1 July 1970 (UK)
The impoverished son of Irish immigrants is pushed by wrongful police persecution into becoming one of the most notorious bushrangers in Australia's history.


Tony Richardson


Tony Richardson (screenplay), Ian Jones (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mick Jagger ... Ned Kelly
Clarissa Kaye-Mason ... Mrs. Kelly (as Clarissa Kaye)
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... Joe Byrne
Ken Goodlet Ken Goodlet ... Supt. Nicholson
Frank Thring ... Judge Barry
Bruce Barry ... George King
Tony Bazell Tony Bazell ... Mr. Scott
Allen Bickford Allen Bickford ... Dan Kelly
Robert Bruning Robert Bruning ... Sgt. Steele
Alexander Cann Alexander Cann ... McInnes
David Copping David Copping ... Curnow
Diane Craig Diane Craig ... Maggie Kelly
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Father O'Hea
Geoff Gilmour Geoff Gilmour ... Steve Hart
Anne Harvey Anne Harvey ... Mrs. Devine


Based on a true story, Ned Kelly is unable to support his family in the Australian outback, he turns to stealing horses in order to make money. He gets more deeply drawn into the outlaw life, and eventually becomes involved in murders. Based on the life of famed 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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During his childhood, the real Ned Kelly idolized the notorious bushrangers who made the headlines, particularly Ben Hall and Dan "Mad Dog" Morgan. A scene with a young Ned Kelly visiting a waxwork of Morgan was ultimately cut from the final film. Frank Thring went on to appear in Mad Dog Morgan (1976). See more »


[first lines]
Ned Kelly: This is how they shall remember me, my mother that raised me, my family, my friends. Not broken. Not bedraggled. Not condemned. No prisoners!
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The original opening United Artists logo is in black and white. See more »


Referenced in Cool Head: Episode #1.4 (1991) See more »


Ned Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Shel Silverstein
Performed by Waylon Jennings
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A Curious Artifact
17 July 2009 | by rextasySee all my reviews

Only being passingly familiar with the story of Ned Kelly, I can say that, on a cinematic basis, this is a pretty good movie. The locations, cinematography and supporting actors are all grittily realistic, in the way that only '60s-'70s- era movies could be. Of course, that still leaves the woefully miscast Jagger. As the larger-than-life rough- hewn bushman Kelly, Mick doesn't come close to cutting it. As an actor, he doesn't cut it. The scene in which he fights off five gaol guards (with a hangover) is silly. And yeah, his beard's silly. The Waylon Jennings soundtrack (and, in response to a previous poster, this was before Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) is interesting, but inappropriate.

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Release Date:

1 July 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ned Kelly, Outlaw See more »


Box Office


GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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