After two years on the road, bushranger Ben Hall considers surrendering to the law when his old friend John Gilbert entices him back into the game. Taking on a fresh recruit John Dunn, the gang ride again, before long becoming the most wanted men in the British Empire. When they are declared outlaw, the three decide to flee the colony forever. As Ben Hall seeks to make peace with his tortured past, the their trusted friend becomes a police informant. They set a cunning trap for the outlaws, and on the cold morning of May 5th 1865, Ben Hall emerges alone from his camp... and walks into legend forever.Written by
Actors Jack Martin (Ben Hall) and Jamie Coffa (John Gilbert) bear striking physical resemblances to the historical characters they portray. See more »
Early in the film, Happy Jack uses the word 'moxie'. This word came into common American parlance in the 1930s and was derived from the beverage of the same name; The Legend of Ben Hall is set in 1860s Australia. See more »
Drawings of the major characters (and the name of the actor portraying them) are shown before the main credits. See more »
First of all I give this 10 because a. I don't usually pay to go and see Australian films especially when its showing 45 minutes from where I live and b.it has to be one of the best pieces of Australian film with some of the most amazing scenery that I have ever watched (and there have been many I have cringed at). Well done to the directors, producers and the actors and actresses. They depicted perfectly what I imagine life in those times would have resembled and I am so glad that eventually it was all they hoped it would be. Though I sympathise with families of the victims of the bush-ranging gangs I could not help but shed a tear for Ben and John Gilbert and John Dunn. It is so real to me. From my earliest days I recall my father and his mother telling me about my "Uncle Johnny" and never in mine or their wildest dreams would they have thought I would be (what I consider lucky enough) going to see a movie depicting his short life (Though I really hope he did not have a voice or laugh quite like Koffa's & I'd probably minus .5 for that) However I will be going to see it again and judging by the attendance in the cinema I'm sure I wont be the only one.
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