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      Ned Kelly

      2003, Adventure/History, 1h 49m

      60 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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      More depth about the legendary outlaw would be welcome, but as it is, Ned Kelly is a reasonably entertaining Western. Read critic reviews

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      In the face of various underhanded maneuvers by local authorities, 19th century Australian bush ranger Ned Kelly (Heath Ledger) flees to the outback with his brother, Dan (Laurence Kinlan), and two other cohorts (Orlando Bloom, Philip Barantini). As the gang's reputation grows, they take on Superintendent Francis Hare (Geoffrey Rush), while Kelly encounters a little romance in the form of Julia Cook (Naomi Watts). It all comes to a violent head in the town of Glenrowan.

      • Rating: R (Violence|Brief Nudity)

      • Genre: Adventure, History, Drama, Western

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Gregor Jordan

      • Producer: Nelson Woss, Lynda House

      • Writer: John Michael McDonagh

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $74.9K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Focus Features

      • Production Co: Endymion Films Inc., Studio Canal, WTA

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Naomi Watts
      Geoffrey Rush
      Joel Edgerton
      Kiri Paramore
      Kerry Condon
      Geoff Morrell
      Bud Tingwell
      Peter Phelps
      Nicholas Bell
      Tim Bevan
      Eric Fellner
      Timothy White
      Oliver Stapleton
      Steven Jones-Evans
      Anna Borghesi
      Jenny Shircore
      Jenny Shircore

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      • Oct 30, 2015

        Out of all the film's that have been inspired by the 'legend' that Ned Kelly has become, this particular 2003 interpretation of Australia's most famous Bushranger (or "Wild Colonial Boy", an Outlaw of Colonial Australia) is the most entertaining screen version of the Bushranger's life and exploits that have made him such an icon to Australia alone. I humbly admire every bit of the effort everyone involved put into this film; to bring the story of Ned Kelly to the big screen. I must say the cinematography, production design, costumes and make up are every bit as exceptional as what any other previous Colonial Australia films have portrayed in the past, It really does look like you're stepping back in time. Heath Ledger is certainly one of the finest actors to have ever played the role of Ned Kelly, add to that you've got several more internationally known actors such as Naomi Watts, Geoffrey Rush and Orlando Bloom in very significant memorable roles, not to mention there are some minor roles from now very well known Australian actors such as Joel Edgerton and Emily Browning. Klaus Bedelt's score even gives the film a great sense of poetic Colonial life and gives us just as much of a primary storytelling essence as the actual film itself. Add to that, with such an incredibly poetic and immersive script along with Ledger's performance, this gives us an insight as to what Ned did and why he did what he did. While not one hundred per cent historically accurate, the craftsmanship and character study essence is what really makes this film worth it, and it's easy enough to come to this film with very little to 'no' knowledge about who Ned Kelly is. But in defining everything about the man or legend Ned Kelly has since become (and will remain), then look no further than to seek out this very underrated and magnificently made film purely for your own historical or entertainment fascination.

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      • Jul 20, 2012

        Star studded cast, together retells the great Australian legend: Ned Kelly. A little bit shallow on showing more depth of the legend, it's kinda a neo-western with some elements of epic films. Orlando Bloom proved to be a surprisingly good actor as he plays Joe Byrne. However, the film glorified an outlaw which was slightly depressing, totally improved the reputation of Australians.

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      • Sep 24, 2011

        a bit of a miss in regards to the source material. the legend deserved a better film then this turned out to be. ledger was an interesting choice for the lead but he wasn't supported with any substance

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      • Apr 08, 2011

        It has a good deal of high points, good production value, a solid score and another great performance from Ledger, as well as from his castmates. However, the predominant dullness, underused narrative, occasional disturbances and lack of depth leave Gregor Jordan's "Ned Kelly" to draw a little sloppily, but still hit its mark to an extent.

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