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Ned Kelly: The True Story Of Australia's Most Legendary Outlaw

3.8 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews


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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

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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

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  • Actors: Mick Jagger, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Mark McManus, Ken Goodlet, Frank Thring
  • Directors: Tony Richardson
  • Writers: Tony Richardson, Ian Jones
  • Producers: Neil Hartley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Color, Letterboxed, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018YC3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ned Kelly: The True Story Of Australia's Most Legendary Outlaw" on IMDb

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By A Customer on March 16, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Good performance by Mick Jagger as the out law Ned Kelly. Compelling story of the conflict between the poor Australians and the lordly English. The best part though is the music. Irish ballads by Mick Jaggger and ballads by Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristoferson make this worth buying for the music as well as the movie. The sound track is worth buying separately too.
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Okay so Mic Jagger was an odd choice to play Ned Kelly but so what? Before this movie came out most of the world didn't know who the Kellys were. Perhaps the movie made people decide to learn more which is why we now have at least two very good books on Ned Kelly's life. But this is supposed to be about the sound track and I'll get to that. Waylon Jennings was brilliant on this album. Every song moves the movie along and actually comments on the action on the screen. Once you hear it you'll never forget Blame it On the Kellys or Daddy Does His Ranching (Dad's a cattle thief) in the Evening.
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I bought this video for the Waylon Jennings soundtrack. The songs are SUPER! But the movie had too much violence for my taste. So I will look for a Waylon soundtrack CD just to hear the music.
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Saw the movie Ned Kelly long ago and it wasn't as bad as the reviews. Searched for the soundtrack/music from for years and gave up. A recent TV replay prompted me to search Amazon.com and "walla" there she be. I find the musci to still be enjoyable listening, but I like ballads about the little guy and the oppressed.
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as a straight forward attempt to tell Kelly's story it succeeds. but Jagger, sadly, is Mick Jagger, not Edward Kelly. Unartistic as a film, it nevertheless tells a great story quite well, and i must confess, whenit first came out (1970) it started me on a Kelly quest that has lasted ever since. So BRAVO for Tony Richardson's attmept....and I like Mick and found SOME of his work here "ok"...but if you watch a movie on Kelly and can only see Mick Jagger, then the casting director should be fired!!
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I first saw this movie as a small child. Now, 3 decades later, I have been unable to forget it.

An Australian legend, similar to Brittain's Robin Hood, or America's Jessie James, "Ned Kelly" is a shockingly graphic depiction of freedom and justice.

Waylon Jennings and the soundtrack music is unforgettable. While having an aversion to mick jagger, I believe he contributed much to the feel of this film, and this may be his finest performance.
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Shel Silverstein wrote all lyrics and music to this soundtrack: the first song, Ned Kelly, is my favorite -- catchy tune and lyrics. Almost all are catchy.
Very folky stuff. If you like old Bob Dylan, you'll love this.
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This is one of my favorite movies.What more could one ask for.I love movies of the Old West and this piece of history occurred at the same time ,but in Australia.I also love Irish history and both the struggle and impact that the Irish had in fighting the oppression of Britain and the Crown;not only in Ireland for centuries,but around the world,especially in America,Australia,and yes, even in Canada.Add to all that,my love of the ballads and music of Shel Silverstein,and the singing of Waylon Jennings,throughout the movie.And then there is Mick Jagger's rendition of that famous Irish ballad "Wild Colonial Boy".
While mentioned in the movie ,the full letter Ned Kelly wrote,which to a large degree forms much of the basis for this story,should be read.It can be found in "The Jerilderie Letter",edited by Alex Mc Dermott,which I reviewed on June 6,2009. Also appropriate,would be to read "True History of the Kelly Gabg" by Peter Carey,which I reviewed on June 24,2009.
There is so much to cover in this piece of history,that the movie has to move quickly to cover the story.Some have criticized the choice of Jagger for the main role;but I think he did an excellent job.He did not appear for only short periods,but was in virtually every scene.I was also impressed with the photography and felt that it, along with the music,was outstanding.
Of course,as with any piece of history,there can be endless arguments about how factually accurate every last detail is;but if one can get past nitpicking;this movie is excellent.
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