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Ned Kelly (1970)

GP | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 1 July 1970 (UK)
Based on a true story, Ned Kelly is unable to support his family in the Australian outback, he turns to stealing horses in order to make money. He gets more deeply drawn into the outlaw ... See full summary »

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Tony Richardson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mick Jagger ... Ned Kelly
Clarissa Kaye-Mason ... Mrs. Kelly (as Clarissa Kaye)
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... Joe Byrne
Ken Goodlet Ken Goodlet ... Supt. Nicholson
Frank Thring ... Judge Barry
Bruce Barry ... George King
Tony Bazell Tony Bazell ... Mr. Scott
Allen Bickford Allen Bickford ... Dan Kelly
Robert Bruning Robert Bruning ... Sgt. Steele
Alexander Cann Alexander Cann ... McInnes
David Copping David Copping ... Curnow
Diane Craig Diane Craig ... Maggie Kelly
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Father O'Hea
Geoff Gilmour Geoff Gilmour ... Steve Hart
Anne Harvey Anne Harvey ... Mrs. Devine
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Storyline

Based on a true story, Ned Kelly is unable to support his family in the Australian outback, he turns to stealing horses in order to make money. He gets more deeply drawn into the outlaw life, and eventually becomes involved in murders. Based on the life of famed 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ned Kelly, Outlaw See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Australian playwright, Alex Buzo, wrote the final draft of the screenplay. His involvement remains uncredited. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ned Kelly: This is how they shall remember me, my mother that raised me, my family, my friends. Not broken. Not bedraggled. Not condemned. No prisoners!
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Crazy Credits

The original opening United Artists logo is in black and white. See more »


Soundtracks

She Moved Through the Fair
Music and Lyrics by Shel Silverstein
Performed by Glen Tomasetti
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It can't be that bad!
1 April 2003 | by andy.marshallSee all my reviews

Even today the character of Ned Kelly is seen by most Australians as more sinned against than sinning. It's a pity then that director Tony Richardson and male lead Mick Jagger couldn't be afforded the same latitude.

Contrary to some comments in this forum, this film was never a cult hit or even very popular at all in Australia. When I studied film criticism during the 'seventies, "Ned Kelly" was often held up as the prime example of just how bad a movie could be. This view is the orthodox one among Australians of generations old enough to have seen it. The trouble with this orthodoxy is that is simply not true.

Jagger gives a surprisingly strong performance given his physical limitations. The story features no glaring inaccuracies of the Kelly legend and the screenplay is very well structured and paced. Above all, the cinematography is simply superb. Some of the scenes, such as the shoot out at Stringybark Creek are highly arresting.

All right, Waylon Jennings singing Shel Silverstein songs is a little corny and intrusive but that's about my only criticism. I would be surprised if the 2002 version is any better.


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