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True History of the Kelly Gang (2020)

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Critic Consensus: Its unusual approach won't be for all viewers, but True History of the Kelly Gang takes a distinctively postmodern look at Australia's past.

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Set against the badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned Kelly (George MacKay) discovers he comes from a line of Irish rebels called the Sons of Sieve, an uncompromising army of cross dressing bandits immortalized for terrorizing their oppressors back in Ireland. Nurtured by the notorious bushranger Harry Power (Russell Crowe) and fueled by the unfair arrest of his mother, Ned Kelly recruits a wild bunch of warriors to plot one of the most audacious attacks of anarchy and rebellion the country has ever seen.

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Cast

George MacKay
as Ned Kelly
Russell Crowe
as Harry Power
Nicholas Hoult
as Constable Fitzpatrick
Essie Davis
as Ellen Kelly
Charlie Hunnam
as Sergeant O'Neil
Sean P. Keenan
as Joe Byrne
Earl Cave
as Dan Kelly
Louis Hewison
as Steve Hart
Orlando Schwerdt
as Young Ned Kelly
Claudia Karvan
as Mrs. Shelton
Markella Kavenagh
as Jane Cotter
Marlon Williams
as George King
Jacob Collins-Levy
as Thomas Curnow
Amy Christian
as Miss Robinson's Girl
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Those who enjoy gritty, angry Westerns (especially those set in the Australian bush rather than along the American frontier) will find much here to their taste, none of which is in need of additional seasoning.

May 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's a texture and a muck that are so tangible that they really put you in the middle of this film. You can taste it and you can smell it.

April 24, 2020 | Full Review…

This is myth-making, splattered in blood, scored with an electric guitar, and enacted with such brazen bigness that you wouldn't be surprised if the cast assembled for a curtain call at the end.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

But for all its real visual flair, it's hard not to feel that the film misses something crucial about Kelly in the end - trading machismo for manhood, and sensation for true history.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Kurzel's film doesn't simply show us the shattered masculinity and class rage that fueled Kelly's infamous late 19th-century crime spree, it shoots that energy outward like sparks from a forge.

April 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"True History of the Kelly Gang," for its part, strikes just the right balance of scary and crazy, and it subjects both to an impressive measure of discipline.

April 23, 2020 | Full Review…

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