Ned Kelly

Overview

Ned Kelly Mick Jagger is the legendary outlaw of the Australian outback sought by authorities for stealing horses. At age 20, Ned has already served a three-year prison term at hard labor. When Ned's mother Clarissa Kaye is arrested and jailed on a bogus murder charge, Ned offers to surrender in exchange for his mother's freedom. When the authorities refuse, the Kelly brothers go on a robbing rampage. Cornered by the law in a saloon, Ned's brothers commit suicide rather than be taken alive. Shel Silverstein wrote...
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Overview

Ned Kelly Mick Jagger is the legendary outlaw of the Australian outback sought by authorities for stealing horses. At age 20, Ned has already served a three-year prison term at hard labor. When Ned's mother Clarissa Kaye is arrested and jailed on a bogus murder charge, Ned offers to surrender in exchange for his mother's freedom. When the authorities refuse, the Kelly brothers go on a robbing rampage. Cornered by the law in a saloon, Ned's brothers commit suicide rather than be taken alive. Shel Silverstein wrote the music performed by Waylon Jennings, Jagger and Glen Tomasetti. Australian folk songs are also included in this story taken from a popular 19th-century ballad.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Though the mythology surrounding Ned Kelly is as important to Australians as that of Jesse James is to Americans, he's hardly a household name anywhere else, so producer-director Tony Richardson shrewdly gambled on casting rock star Mick Jagger to tell the story of the 19th century bushranger in this Down Under Western. Jagger adopts a convincingly sullen look for his role as an Irish lad whose grievances with the British landowners and lawmen turned him into a folk hero, but his line readings are stiff and unconvincing. In his second film role (following his closer-to-home turn in Performance), Mick just hasn't developed the acting chops to allow us to suspend our disbelief. And because the script don't do much to flesh out anyone else in the large cast of characters, he's is left to do most of the heavy lifting. There are some vigorously staged scenes, and a few of Shel Silverstein's ballads, including the wry "Blame It on the Kellys," offer astute commentary. And Kelly isn't portrayed as some sainted figure; he is clearly a ruffian with a chip on his shoulder, though it is well earned by the machinations the British villains put him and his family through. This is an interesting contrast with Sam Peckinpah's superior Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, which overcomes the acting limitations of a musician lead (Kris Kristofferson) to offer a vigorous and affecting look at the making of a historical legend. Richardson can't finesse the same trick here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • UPC: 883904128953
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Allan
Claire Balmford Nell Sherritt
Tony Bazell Mr. Scott
Kurt Beimel Anton Wicks
Mick Jagger Ned Kelly
Clarissa Kaye Mrs. Kelly
Mark McManus Joe Byrne
Ben Blakeney Tracker
Michael Boddy
Robert Bruning Sgt. Steele
Alexander Cann McInnes
Bill Charlton Richards
David Copping Mr. Curnow
Erika Crowne Mrs. Farrell
Patsy Dance Mrs. Whitty
John Dease Whitty
Shirley May Donald Mrs. Byrne
Gerry Duggan Father O'Hea
James Elliott Pat O'Donnell
Terry Erwin Chinese
Gary Fisher Jack Jones
Ronald Golding Casement
Reg Gorman Bracken
John Gray Stratton
Anne Harvey Mrs.Devine
John Hopkins O'Connor
Bill Hunter Officer
Kamahl Gloster
Graham Keating Trooper
Moshe Kedem Baumgarten
Harry Kelly Aborigine
John Laws Kennedy
Alexi Long Grace Kelly
Nigel Lovell Capt. Standish
Mary Marshall Mrs. Barry
Patrick McCarville Sportsmen
Gordon McDougall Tarleton
Cliff Neate
Bryan Niland Mackie
Jessica Noad Mrs. Scott
Liam Reynolds Lonigan
Andrew Sanders Farrell
Martyn Sanderson Fitzpatrick
Lindsay Smith McIntyre
Colin Tilley Bank Clerk
Tim Van Rellim
Janne Wolmsley Caitlyn
Francis Yin Sympathizer
Diana Craig Maggie Kelly
Frank Thring Judge Barry
Allen Bickford Dan Kelly
Peter Sumner Tom Lloyd
Serge Lazareff Wild Weight
Bruce Barry George King
Geoff Gilmour Steve Hart
Ken Shorter Aaron Sherritt
Jack Allen Melbourne
Karin Altman Jane Jones
Sue Lloyd Kate Kelly
Cotton Warburton Mrs. Jones
Peter Whittle Devine
Ken Goodlet Supt. Nicholson
Technical Credits
Tony Richardson Director, Screenwriter
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Andrew Grieve Asst. Director
Neil Hartley Producer
Jocelyn Herbert Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Ian Jones Screenwriter
Charles Rees Editor
Andrew Sanders Art Director
Shel Silverstein Score Composer
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