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Rock superstar Mick Jagger makes his dynamic screen debut in this explosive tale from Academy AwardÂ(r)-winning* director Tony Richardson. Based on the fascinating true-life story of the 19th-century Australian Armored Bandit, Ned Kelly is a powerful, action-packed adventure that thrillingly captures a bold and lawless era. When their mother is unfairly persecuted by police, Ned Kelly (Jagger) and his brother Dan earn money for her defense by selling homemade liquor. But what begins as a simple moonshine operation quickly escalates into a series of armed robberies, desperate pursuits and deadly confrontations. Soon, Ned finds himself revered throughout the country as a larger-than-life sagebrush hero even as the law closes in and prepares for an all-out war. *1963: Best Picture, Director, Tom Jones
Mick Jagger had one of his rare sizable acting roles, as the famed Australian outlaw, in this atmospheric biopic (remade in 2004 with Heath Ledger). The movie has the look and spirit of other Vietnam-era counterculture Westerns, with Irishman Ned Kelly a rebel against the unjust Establishment. Tony Richardson's direction has the free-for-all laxity of the era, though the general sense of mess is tidied up by the often stunning location photography by ace DP Gerry Fisher. What makes the film memorable is the soundtrack, a heavy portion of which is made up of Western ballads written by witty Shel Silverstein and sung by Waylon Jennings; elsewhere, the Amish-bearded Jagger croons "The Wild Colonial Boy." A charitable assessment of Jagger's performance would conclude that he brings an intriguing Pirandellian presence to the role; a more clear-eyed view would say that he simply doesn't have the acting chops to carry it off. --Robert Horton
This is the older version of a new Heath Ledger movie. I knew there was an Australian "Jesse James" but didn't know much about him, so this was interesting. Read morePublished 27 days ago by So long and thanks for all the fish!
Have waited for years for this to become available on CD. Mick Jager is no actor, but Shel Silverstein's songs performed by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson make me glad a really... Read morePublished 7 months ago by laura
At first glance, it would appear that having Rolling Stones bad boy Mick Jagger play the legendary Australian bad boy Ned Kelly would be perfect casting, especially in a movie... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Silver Screen VIdeos
This movie promised to be a great story, however I found it to be long in the tooth. Mick is a pretty good actor in this, as you forget you are watching HIM and you really believe... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Christine W.
Ned Kelly, 1970 film
Edward `Ned' Kelly was a famous Australian outlaw in the 19th century, comparable to Jesse James in the USA. Read more