The Legend of Ben Hall

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After two years on the run, bushranger Ben Hall considers surrendering to the law when his old friend John Gilbert entices him back into the game. Taking on fresh recruit John Dunn, the gang rides again, and before long they become the most wanted men in the country. When they are declared outlaws, the three decide to flee forever. As Hall seeks to make peace with his tortured past, a trusted friend becomes an informant. The law sets a cunning trap for the outlaws, and on the cold morning of May 5th 1865, Hall emerges alone from his camp... and walks into legend forever.

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Jamie Coffa
as John Gilbert
William Lee
as John Dunn
Joanne Dobbin
as Buddy Hall
Callan McAuliffe
as Daniel Ryan
Lauren Grimson
as Christina McKinnon
Arthur Angel
as Edward Morriss
PiaGrace Moon
as Peggy Monks
Jordan Fraser-Trumble
as Sub-Inspector Davidson
Andy McPhee
as Old Man Gordon
Angus Pilakui
as Billy Dargin
Erica Field
as Mary Ann Coneley
Gregory Quinn
as Sergeant Condell
Zane Ciarma
as Henry Hall
Lauren Gregory
as Ellen Monks
Nick Barry
as Jim Taylor
John Orcsik
as John Kelly
Tom Beaurepaire
as Inspector Sanderson
Jana Wilkes
as Ann Hall
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Critic Reviews for The Legend of Ben Hall

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

  • It's a serviceable Aussie Western set circa 1864, one that moves at a good clip despite being more than two hours long.

    Jan 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Holmes' unfocused screenplay makes clear that his subject was an honorable thief (Hall never took a life), but the writer-director never makes any of it matter.

    Dec 17, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Often the word "legend" in a film title can be a fairly good indicator that you're not in for a breezy frolic, but that still doesn't prepare you for the ponderously protracted slog that is "The Legend of Ben Hall."

    Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • There's a story here somewhere but I suspect the nub of it is at the beginning of Hall's bushranging career, rather than the end. Whatever the truth of it, Holmes is too tentative in his attempts to tease it out.

    Nov 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is a rich, if flawed, portrait of a haunted man and a romantic tribute to the Australian bush as a mirage of freedom.

    Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The Legend of Ben Hall doesn't offer much, especially those not well-versed on legendary Australian bushrangers. It's probably a good idea just to skip this one.

    Aug 30, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Legend of Ben Hall

  • Aug 28, 2017
    I was a little shocked that this is the direction they chose with this film. It feels like an underdeveloped story that couldn't decide if they wanted a period film or a character study, it falls flat in the middle. The problem I had with the film was the lack of realism, in a day and age where the stage has been set by The Unforgiven, True Grit and The Assassination of Jesse James, you can't provide a one dimensional story like this. The creative team can't seem to find common ground, they want to paint him as a flawed anti hero but they want us to like him and care about his demise. There was a good film here but a lack of character focus and inexperienced actors can't hold the film together. The film has a great scope and I think this is a missed opportunity, there is talent here and I will watch another film should they take another chance. 26-08-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2016
    My experience watching this 'The Legend of Ben Hall' was nothing short of being 'surreal'. Never did I think I'd see a film that had so many years of development, be incredibly authentic, insightful and entertaining for an Australian Bushranger themed film. It was such a superb effort that paid off big time! hard for me to even believe 2 years after contributing to the film's crowed funding campaign, I'd finally see a film I think has the great potential to be a modern classic. One thing for certain to really describe this film is that it's one if not the 'Finest Bush Western' of modern Australian Cinema made to date, as well as the most definitive film on based on the real life historical outlaw; Ben Hall. It's a rip-roaring yarn centered on the last 9 months of Ben Hall's life, having relaxed the life of an outlaw for a while decides to come back with his fellow gang mate in an attempt to flee Australia for California. The film's greatest strengths lie in the effort writer/director Matthew Holmes has brought to adapting history to the big screen. The writing is top notch able to bring insight and conflict to the title character (played superbly by Jack Martin), a man who's walked a dark path as being a criminal, there's a genuine sense at how his reputation precedes him. Other characters like Johnny Gilbert and John Dunn are also incredible supporting players as are all the other minor roles faithfully brought from the history books. The aesthetics, costumes and cinematography are also top notch, making the period setting of Colonial Australian bush stand out as it's own landscape full of wonder and adventure. Overall I could go on for longer, The Legend of Ben Hall is the best Australian film I've seen all year, it's a superb effort that takes viewers back in time to witness a piece of history they might of never known, it also has exciting action and insightful compelling drama that make it a film for all Australians to see as this is how our history should be presented and told.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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