This is the tale of the notorious Australian outlaw who became the most wanted man in all of the British Empire. Edward “Ned” Kelly (Ledger) was born into a hard working Irish family in the hardscrabble world of 19th century Australia. He was one of many children his widowed mother was forced to raise after the death of Ned's father. Always, seemingly, on the wrong side of the law, Kelly was falsely accused of a crime he could not produce an alibi for. He was with Julia Cook (Watts), the wife of a local wealthy landowner and rancher. When his mother was imprisoned and his family harassed, Kelly turned against the agents of the Crown by shoot several policemen who were hunting for him and robbing numerous banks. He earned his status as public enemy number one for his actions.
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Queen Victoria's government in Australia put a price on his head with the provision to shoot him on sight. What the government failed to realize was the public sided with Kelly and abetted his every move for weeks while he eluded capture in the harsh and desolate Australian Outback. Kelly, his brother Dan, along with friends Byrne (Bloom) and Hart (Kinlan) are tracked by Captain Francis Hare (Rush) until finally discovered and surrounded in a small rural town. The criminals vow to make a stand against overwhelming odds, by fashioning suits of armor from plates of iron.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Fletcher