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

3.9 out of 5 stars 46 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018YC3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,190 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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.

The music is awesome as other reviewers had mentioned (and I am NOT a country music fan at all). But it's not just the music but how the director uses it. For example, in one horse-stealing scene, instead of the usual "yippees" and "yahoos" from American westerns, the scene is done quietly, in silhouette. Really pretty. Another crime is done in quick-motion to "Blame it on the Kelly's" which is hilarious.

I'm not sure what bet the casting director lost to have Mick Jagger playing Ned Kelly. The only things worse than his acting are his "Irish" accent and his butchering of the Wild Colonial Boy. (I take it back - his acting is the worst). Actually, most of the accents are awful. (I think the mother might actually be Irish). The other actors a good. Mark McManus (Taggart) and Geoff Gilmour are fun as Kelly's goofy sidekicks.
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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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Mick is not the best actor and his mug was in every camera shot, no other actors existed or so it seemed, all had bit parts but Mick and his Aussy accent was not to good. It was at the same time kind of cute. He is part Australian and it was cool to see him in a full beard. This is just a production company trying to sell what's popular at the time.
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I don't pay much attention to reviews ,especially negative . Mick Jagger , played an excellent role . He looked the part that he portrayed . The outlaws of those days in Australia were very rugged . I can tell that some posters were expecting a more handsome character . Mick did a good job .
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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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I absolutely love mick Jagger. Anything with him. Ned Kelly is very good & am very happy with it like any entertainment I am able to have with Mick in it. Story is quite good! I definitely like watching the young Mick as well as the older Mick. Marsha J Harris MJH

I'd like to add I just ordered THE SUN THE MOON & THE ROLLING STONES! It's on the way. It's hardcopy. I just watched Ned Kelly today since I just had 3 days off of work! like I say - any entertainment w/ Mick Jagger! Have a great day all. I'll let u all know how the book is! Marsha J Harris mjharris115365@gmail.com
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