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Ned Kelly

  • Drama
  • 2003
  • Gregor Jordan
  • 105 mins
  • 15

Summary

Biographical drama starring Heath Ledger as Ned Kelly and Orlando Bloom as fellow outlaw Joe Byrne. Australia, the 1870s: following his imprisonment for stealing a horse, young Irish immigrant Ned Kelly resolves to live a life free from crime. But events arising from an assault on his family lead Ned away from the straight and narrow, and soon he is the most wanted man in Australia.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Adapted by John McDonagh from Robert Drewe's book Our Sunshine, Gregor Jordan's film about Australia's famous outlaw casts as rosy a light as possible on the outback legend. Heath Ledger gives a growling performance as Kelly, while the oppressive nature of the world in which he lived is evocatively presented. Misjudged and set up by the police, especially Superintendent Hare (Geoffrey Rush), he is forced to go on the run and form a gang. The outback is filmed in tones as sumptuous as any tourist brochure, but, in the end, the idolisation of Kelly rings only as true as the stature accorded to Billy the Kid.

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Credits

Cast

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Ned KellyHeath Ledger
Joe ByrneOrlando Bloom
Superintendent Francis HareGeoffrey Rush
Julia CookNaomi Watts
Dan KellyLaurence Kinlan
Steve HartPhilip Barantini
Aaron SherrittJoel Edgerton
Alex FitzpatrickKiri Paramore
Kate KellyKerry Condon
Grace KellyEmily Browning
Mrs ScottRachel Griffiths

Crew

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DirectorGregor Jordan

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2003-09-26
Guidance
May be edited for violence and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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