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An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

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Gregor Jordan

Writers:

Robert Drewe (novel), John Michael McDonagh (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Ledger ... Ned Kelly
Orlando Bloom ... Joseph Byrne
Geoffrey Rush ... Superintendent Francis Hare
Naomi Watts ... Julia Cook
Joel Edgerton ... Aaron Sherritt
Laurence Kinlan ... Dan Kelly
Philip Barantini ... Steve Hart
Kerry Condon ... Kate Kelly
Kris McQuade ... Ellen Kelly
Emily Browning ... Grace Kelly
Kiri Paramore Kiri Paramore ... Constable Fitzpatrick
Rachel Griffiths ... Susan Scott
Geoff Morrell ... Robert Scott
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Premier Graham Berry
Saskia Burmeister Saskia Burmeister ... Jane Jones
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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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A film about the legendary outlaw whose story outgrew his life See more »


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

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Australia | UK | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gesetzlos - Die Geschichte des Ned Kelly See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,704, 28 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$74,864, 4 April 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,089,857, 7 November 2003
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Where Broadford is listed as a filming location, it was actually Wandong and Mt Disappointment. See more »

Goofs

All of Kelly's gang are shown wearing both front and rear armor. In reality, only Kelly had front and back plates, the others only had front plates. See more »

Quotes

[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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Featured in I Am Heath Ledger (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Morning Star - Star of Munster Laingston's Reel
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Arranged and Performed by The Idle Diddlies
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A breath of fresh air...
30 December 2004 | by johannadaveySee all my reviews

There are few films that leave me with the feeling that Gregor Jordan's 'Ned Kelly' film did. Initially I had heard only half hearted recommendations, and decided to see it for myself. Since then, I have acquired both the video and soundtrack, and have to say that after several viewings, I am still very impressed with the underlying character of this film. It is also wonderful to see something Australian! I appreciate its down to earth quality, that if you ask me is a rarity, as well as the absence of tackiness that takes away from so many films. This film proves that you don't necessarily require fancy costumes and a glamorous set that absorbs how many millions of dollars to make a point. The cast was a bonus, including a variety of well known, and might I add, good looking people who did well to slip into the role of such unique characters. It is interesting to note, that much of the criticism regarding this film has been about who played what, and how they only said so many lines. However, if any criticism is due, it should constructively focus on the fact that a number of basic elements of the original events were excluded. In reality, these functioned to made it the hallmark that it is in Australian history. For example, on a closer examination it can be discovered that there was much, much more to the relationship between Joe Byrne and Aaron Sheritt, and that this was in fact responsible for many more of the final outcomes for the gang than were explored in the film. Also overlooked was the fact that it was not only Aaron Sheritt's efforts alone, that provided the Victorian police with their insights into the unfolding mystery. Yes, this is their interpretation of the story, and it is understandable that true stories require sensationalism and at times the modification of the original plot to grab the viewers attention. I feel that in this case, this is the only limitation. However, I can accept that perhaps historical accuracy is only of significance to those who have a particular interest in the realistic events behind a situation. It certainly inspired me to look more closely. So, watch it and decide for yourself. You might not like it at all, thats your opinion, and thats fine. Maybe it is a film that appeals largely to an Australian audience? For me, I'd call it a breath of fresh air!


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