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Ned Kelly (2003)

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

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gesetzlos - Die Geschichte des Ned Kelly See more »

Filming Locations:

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 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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Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush were also casted for Pirates of The Caribbean; Curse of the black pearl (2003) See more »

Goofs

The bank that was robbed has "State Savings Bank" on the windows. The Australian states did not become or were called states until federation in 1901. Priory to 1901 they were officially colonies, e.g. Colony of New South Wales, Colony of Victoria, etc. Each colony being independent within the British Empire. The bank in question was in Jerilderie NSW and was the Bank of NSW. It would have had that name on the windows. 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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Connections

Version of Ned Kelly (1970) 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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Merely a brief summary of the legend
13 December 2007 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Based on the famous novel 'Our Sunshine', 'Ned Kelly' is a watchable film. The problem is the way the story is told. There have been quite a number of films based on heroic legends. Sadly, this one is no different and almost every moment of it is downright predictable.

The strength lies in the portrayal of the characters. Kelly and his gang are portrayed as human beings rather than the typical ruthless heroes suffering from affective flattening. On the other hand, the screenplay is so fast paced that one wonders whether Jordan really rushed through it as 'Ned Kelly' certainly would have benefited more if the script was better developed (e.g. Julia Cook could have used more scenes). As a result the film looks more like a brief summary of Kelly's life. We don't even see the trial and execution of Ned Kelly.

In the technical department, the cinematography, background score and beautiful locations deserve mention as they certainly add to the film's quality. There are some beautiful shots of the Australian landscape and the set design and few songs do give a feel of the time.

Heath Ledger is adequate in the title role but it is Orlando Bloom who steals the show. The guy seems to be in complete form (unlike his awkward presence in films like 'Kingdom of Heaven') and does full justice to the part. Naomi Watts shines in a small role. Geoffrey Rush deserved a better part but the actor nonetheless stands out. Most of the supporting cast do well. However, some of the villainous corrupt cops come across as caricatures.

Finally, Jordan's 'Ned Kelly' just doesn't do full justice in portraying Kelly's life. It ends up being a clichéd film and a mere summary of the legend. If one has nothing else to do, they might want to check 'Ned Kelly' out just to kill time but if one wants to learn about the legend, then this isn't the best source.


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