Ned Kelly

Synopsis: Though recognized for heroism as a lad, Ned Kelly can not escape the stigma of being the eldest of a brood sired by a known criminal. In days when an arrest equaled guilt and a conviction, his unfair imprisonment for horse thievery puts him steadfast, in the eyes of Victorian police, on the wrong side of things for life. With a sister unable to dissuade the unwanted advances of Constable Fitzpatrick, Ned, his brother Dan, and friends Joe Byrne and Steve Hart soon find themselves labeled "an outlaw gang" by the less-than-honorable constable. It's a designation they're apt to live up to after Ned's mother is unfairly arrested and sentenced to three years hard labor. In retaliation, the Kelly Gang strikes out against the oppressive Victorian government, with ultimately tragic results and passage into Australian folklore.
Director(s): Gregor Jordan
Production: Focus Features
  3 wins & 14 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.5
Metacritic:
56
Rotten Tomatoes:
56%
R
Year:
2003
110 min
Website
272 Views


I was the hero of Hughes Creek.

I can still see the glint in me da's eye

as he looked down at me...

his hand on me shoulder.

What did he call me that day?

Ah, what did Da call me?

That's right.

He called me Sunshine.

You're a pretty girl.

You're Wild Wright's horse,

aren't ya?

I know whose ya are.

It's all right.

I'll look after ya.

Handsome-looking horse you got there,

Ned. You're cuttin'a flash, all right.

Ah, great.

You're Ned Kelly, aren't ya?

Red Kelly's boy?

Get down, Jane.

Fine animal you got there.

- Distinctive, wouldn't you say?

- She's Wild Wright's.

- That's the postmaster's mare.

- No, it isn't. It's Wild Wright's.

- He lost her when she bolted into the bushes.

- You're a liar, Kelly.

- No, I'm not. I found her this morning, grazing.

- She's been reported stolen.

- Stolen, me arse!

- A horse thief!

- Get your hands off me!

- You're under arrest.

Stand, Kelly, or I swear to God,

I'll shoot you down.

- I was only going after the horse.

- You were trying to escape.

You're just as thick as your bloody father.

Jesus Christ! Now, what are you trying

to do? I could've tanned your hide for that.

- Strike an officer, and you'll bloody swing for it!

- Strike you down to the ground!

- No blows struck yet, Constable Hall!

- Help me, someone!

Help him! Help Constable Hall!

Poor Constable Hall!

- He's such a fuckin' rat!

- He's trying to kill me, the rascally blackguard!

- Help me, someone!

- Stand put! Go on! Put me down!

He tried to shoot me, for Christ's sake!

All right! All right!

Is that the best you can do,

you bloody coward?

Go on. I can take it.

That's enough!

Hello there! Please, can you help me?

Hello! Hello there!

Please! Slow it down, please!

Come on! Come on!

Please!

Please, now! Oh, come on!

Give us a ride, you bastards!

Christ, it's muddy enough

to bog a dog.

- So, where'd you go after Beechworth?

- May Day Hills on a road gang.

Ah, you see Sean Gallagher?

I heard he was up there.

Yeah. I saw him

for a while.

Hey. I think that's old man Wicks and...

What's his daughter called?

- Sarah.

- Sarah. That's right. She's a picture.

Oh, we could be in love, boys.

Mr Wicks, good mornin'.

Mr Wicks, I don't know if you remember

me. I'm Aaron Sherritt, Mr Wicks.

- If you could just hold up for one moment...

- If anyone can persuade...

an old man to share his daughter

with three larrikins like us, it'll be hard.

So how's me ma?

- What?

- Ah, the coppers have been giving her a hard time, Ned.

Something goes missin',

a bullock or anything...

they come round the middle of the night, tear

the place apart, scarin' the kiddies and all.

- She's had it hard.

- Come on, lads!

- Jump up!

- Well, will you look at that.

What did I tell ya?

- Thank you very much, sir.

- Thanks a lot, Mr Wicks.

Thank you, Mr Wicks.

Dan!

Ma, there's someone coming.

Oh, God. It's Ned.

Neddy!

Mommy,

I named Hobson's kookaburra.

- What did you name him, darlin'?

- Beefy, 'cause he likes beef.

- Well, that's a fine name for a kookaburra, Grace.

- Who's the proud father, Ma?

Don't even ask. He's a long time gone.

That's all there is to it.

- The stinkin' Proddy.

- He was a Yank.

George the baker.

We were married, Ned, right and proper.

Well, that's grand, Ma.

Christ! Will you stop messin'?

I'm sick of the pair of ya.

Give your mother some respect, or I'll give

ya a hidin', both of youse, ya hear me?

- And who are you, anyways?

- Steve Hart.

Well, seein' as how the two of you

are so full of beans...

you can both get off your asses

and help me fix up this place.

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