The Outlaw Michael Howe is a 2013 Australian Western directed by Brendan Cowell. Damon Herriman portrays a young bushranger who leads a rebellion against the British during the 1820s. Opposing him are Magistrate Knopwood (Matt Day), Governor Davey (Darren Gilshenan), and the British military.
The movie contains examples of following tropes:
- Cool Guns: Howe's flintlock pistol.
- Expy: Herriman's characterisation of Howe was inspired by the earlier Ned Kelly movie, and by Clint Eastwood's portrayal of The Outlaw Josey Wales.
- The Hero Dies: Howe is beaten to death by the British troops, and his head taken as a trophy.
- Meatgrinder Surgery: In an early scene, the leg of a convict is amputated by a Frontier Doctor making a Life-or-Limb Decision.
- Regency England: Played with. Although the wealthy officials live in luxury, the convicts are treated like slaves.
- The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: Howe is portrayed as the idealistic underdog, and the British are brutal colonialist oppressors.
- Wardens Are Evil: As is standard in Aussie Westerns, the bored prison guards abuse and brutalise the convicts.
- The Western: Howe and his bandits are similar to Mexico's Zapatistas, and the British authorities represent the corrupt federal government.
- You All Meet in a Cell: Howe and his original gang members were all imprisoned at Sarah Island.
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