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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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You can kill a man but not a legend. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Cinevex)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ned said that his father had to steal a sheep to get here (Australia), and other sources mention that he stole two pigs, among other tales. John 'Red' Kelly's crime isn't certifiably known, because most of the court records were destroyed during the Irish Civil War. See more »

Goofs

Glenrowan Railway Station looks 100 years old with worn timber, faded paint etc. The railway line was built in 1873, so the station would be at most 7 years old. 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

Featured in I Am Heath Ledger (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Kesh Jig
(Traditional)
Arranged and Performed by Blackberry Jam
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Who cares about the "historical accuracy", its a good film!
3 June 2009 | by bryanrantzSee all my reviews

I'm tired of people judging films on their "historical accuracy". IT'S A MOVIE PEOPLE!! The writers and directors are supposed to put their own spin into the story! There are a number of movies out there that aren't entirely accurate with the history....Braveheart, Wyatt Earp, Gangs of New York, Geronimo: An American Legend, The Last of the Mohicans....all fantastic films that are mildly inaccurate historically. If you want to see a few great actors do what they do best, then I suggest you see this film and don't worry about the accuracy of the facts. Just enjoy the quality of the film, the storyline and one of the greatest actors of our time.


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