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The poster for the original film.

The story of 19th century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly has been the subject of two Biopics, both simply titled Ned Kelly. The first film was made in 1970; it was directed by Tony Richardson and starred Mick Jagger as Ned. The second film dates from 2003, and stars Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom.


  • Armor Is Useless: Subverted. Ned's improvised helmet and breastplate protect him from the coppers' bullets.
  • Badass Beard: Ned grows one during his time in the bush.
  • The Blacksmith: Ned turns some rusty old plows into a suit of armor.
  • Bulletproof Vest: A full suit of armour, in this case.
  • Bounty Hunter: The gang gets into a shootout with a German immigrant wearing a pickelhaube.
  • The Dandy: Ned steals a velvet tailcoat and frilly shirt from a wealthy landowner.
  • Dirty Cop: Some of the coppers take bribes not to arrest criminals, and run protection rackets to extort money from poor homesteaders.
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  • Determined Widow: Ma Kelly.
  • Fake Irish: Mick Jagger's attempt to imitate the real life Kelly's accent.
  • Folk Hero: Ned is viewed as Australia's Robin Hood because he targets wealthy asshole victims who cause suffering among the poor.
  • Guns Akimbo: Ned wields a pair of Colt revolvers in the final shootout.
  • The Gunslinger: Ned idolizes the dime novel outlaws of the Old West.
  • Historical Beauty Update: Scooter-Riding Mod Mick Jagger portrays Ned.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: The banks threaten to repossess the Irish settlers' land, and throw them out of their homes.
  • Notable Original Music: Mick Jagger had minimal musical involvement with the 1970 version. Instead, it featured several narrative ballads composed by Shel Silverstein and sung by Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson.
  • Pet the Dog: The gang is popular with their fellow Irish settlers because during a bank robbery Ned burned all the paperwork listing the bank's debtors.
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  • Preacher Man: Father O'Hea.
  • Prospector: Being set during Australia's Gold Rush, Ned encounters and robs a mule train carrying nuggets.
  • Rancher: The antagonistic wealthy landowners whom Kelly robs.
  • The Rustler: The Kelly brothers resort to stealing horses to feed their starving family.
  • The Sheriff: Superintendent Nicholson.
  • The Western: The Bushrangers are the Aussie equivalent of desperados, and the Victoria police fill the role of the Posse.
  • Young Gun: Ned and the gang.

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