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 »
Impeccable Intent: Bio-pic that feels like a documentary
Getting right into my movie/art criteria:
Do I believe the characters? Yes! Right down to the supporting cast and minor characters -- I can't think of one I thought was acting a part in a movie.
Do I care about the characters? 100% -- absolutely.
Do I believe the story? Without a doubt. So believable, I felt I was watching a documentary, that I was secretly following Ben Hall's bushrangers around, from the comfort & safety of my modern home.
Do I care about the story? Yes! I was sad that the movie ended.
I wanted to keep following the gang around -- I wanted to see even more, but the story ended; there was no more to be seen.
The Lengend of Ben Hall has joined my group of favorite outlaw movies, along with Unforgiven, American Gangster, and Josey Wales.
The difference between Ben Hall and those others, beyond the obvious change of scene is, it evokes a different feeling. The classic outlaw pics have a decidedly familiar feel and context. As such they are not too much of a stretch for the emotions. With Ben Hall, the people, the landscapes, the music -- it's all unusual, a bit strange, a bit of a challenge to relate to. Something new and unusual can be a bit unsettling, even daunting. I find it refreshing.
Ben Hall is a slow paced film. Scenes and situations have ample time to evolve. I find the slow pace appropriate to the intent of the film.
Finally, loved Jack Martin's rendition of an introverted Aussie Bandit -- I look forward to seeing his evolution as an actor.
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