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True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

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Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.


Justin Kurzel


Shaun Grant (screenplay by), Peter Carey (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
George MacKay ... Ned Kelly
Ben Corbett Ben Corbett ... Red Kelly
Orlando Schwerdt ... Young Ned Kelly
Charlie Hunnam ... Sgt O'Neil
Essie Davis ... Ellen Kelly
Claerwen Brown Claerwen Brown ... Baby Grace
Asmara Feik Asmara Feik ... Young Maggie Kelly
Mo Scott Mo Scott ... Young Dan Kelly
Winona Keegan Winona Keegan ... Young Kate Kelly
Brett Peachey Brett Peachey ... Haircutting Officer
Chase Oosterweghel Chase Oosterweghel ... Dick Shelton
Claudia Karvan ... Mrs. Shelton
Russell Crowe ... Harry Power
John Murray John Murray ... Dead Dan Morgan
Jack Charles ... Waiter


Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

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Rated R for strong violence throughout, bloody images, pervasive language, sexual content and some nudity | See all certifications »

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In September 2018, it was reported that Russell Crowe stormed off set when the catering ran out of rice. See more »


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Sgt O'Neil: Reminds me of a dog that I once had. It was a mangy old thing. And I am a cruel bastard, so I would whip it every which way. I'd beat on him just for looking at me. So, I figure if you hate on something for long enough, well, he just comes to love you anyway, just for those few moments when you don't.
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All of it's strengths cannot save it

It's been a long time since I saw a film that had so many strengths but was still such a bad movie. It was confusingly un-entertaining. I really wanted to like it but it was pretty much impossible. Fronted by 1917 star George MacKay, sporting a ripped bod and a dope mullet, I was hoping this movie would "flow through me like wine", but it did quite the opposite. There were really only a couple standout sequences in the entire film and those were towards the beginning, both featuring a bloated Russell Crowe clearly traumatizing a young boy, and one featuring swoon-prince Charlie Hunnam. Crowe disappears from the film after that. The movie also opens with Charlie Hunnam getting orally copulated if you just want to see that. It's not worth it though, trust me.

The filmmaking was somewhat stylish. The environments were lush and striking. The performances were all rather intense and jarring, BUT... the story... what is happening with the story? Why do we care? Why is it over 2 hours long when there is literally no story? It's not a real moody film either, so that's no excuse. It's no surreal dreamscape. I don't know what the people who wrote this thing were thinking but it's nearly impossible to "follow" because the majority of the dialogue is uninteresting and either barely relevant or completely irrelevant. There is not much to follow. I dunno what else to say but it was real bad, so bad that my girlfriend and I stopped caring and just made out through most of the ending - and we don't do that, ever. We are FILM FANS, TOTALLY CRAZY ABOUT CINEMA.

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Release Date:

24 April 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,839, 26 April 2020

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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