Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

Tony Richardson (1970)

99min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
One of the unfortunate temptations of hiring a rock star to carry a film is for the director to rely rather lazily on that star's in-built charisma instead of trying to mould him into a character. Witness Mick Jagger, here cast as Australia's most memorable outlaw, who is so similar to his stage image that you half expect him to start shrieking, "It's great to be Down Under!" or "Thank you, Sydney, you've been a great audience!". Realistically, though, the blame has to be laid at the door of director Tony Richardson, whose handling sometimes obscures the message and buries the drama. The songs of Shel Silverstein, however, help to give the film a certain focus.

Summary

Biopic of the notorious Australian outlaw. Forced to steal horses to survive, Ned becomes a fugitive from justice. But when his mother is imprisoned on a false murder charge, he and his cronies embark on a criminal rampage against the authorities. Starring Mick Jagger, Mark McManus and Allen Bickford. Directed by Tony Richardson.

Cast & Crew

Ned Kelly Mick Jagger
Dan Kelly Allen Bickford
Steve Hart Geoff Gilmour
Joe Byrne Mark McManus
Wild Wright Serge Lazareff
Tom Lloyd Peter Sumner
Aaron Sherritt Ken Shorter
Pat O'Donnell James Elliott
Director Tony Richardson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Drama