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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)
3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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A film about the legendary outlaw whose story outgrew his life See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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 USA:

$43,704, 28 March 2004

Gross USA:

$86,959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,585,516
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The last words from Heath Ledger in the final voice-over are also the last words of Ned Kelly before he was hanged ("Such is life"). 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

Referenced in Besieged: The Ned Kelly Story (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Saving a Life
(Traditional/Badelt)
Performed by Susie Webb, Katy Stephan and Alexandra Hill
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Spectacular version about known bandit with a sensational Hollywood casting
26 July 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film is based on the true events life of famous 19th-century Outback bandit, an authentic legend which results to be the Australian's most ambiguous outlaw.A man(Heath Ledger)called Ned Kelly and his family are mistreated by Australians guards.He turns to stealing horses that previously have been robbed him.He gets deeply drawn into crime life and eventually becomes in policemen killings.Meanwhile he falls in love of an unhappy married rich(Naomi Watts)woman.He forms an Irish band(Orlando Bloom) battling against the British Empire but the oppressed called them heroes and are pursued by an astute,stubborn official(Geoffrey Rush,winner Oscar by Shine). The film is an Australian Western made completely by Aussies with action,drama,shoot out,love story and amount of violence.It's a pretty solid movie narrating the confrontation between the Irish rebel and the English forces and hold up very well.The essential of this picture is the outlaw hunt that results in a great load of gunplay and death. The movie benefits tremendously from Oliver Stapleton's(Casanova) frequently ravishing cinematography although is sometimes dark but longtime film is developed into the night and interior scenarios. Sensible and spectacular music by Klaus Badelt(K19,Pirates of the Caribbean).The motion picture is well shot and directed by Gregor Jordan who dramatizes accurately the life of this outlaw and his henchmen.Before adapted in Australian version by Sterling(1960) and by Tony Richardson(1970)with Mick Jagger .


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