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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. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

An exploration of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they attempt to evade authorities during the 1870s.

Cast & Crew

Russell Crowe
Harry Power
Nicholas Hoult
Constable Fitzpatrick
Essie Davis
Ellen Kelly
Charlie Hunnam
Sergeant O'Neil
Sean Keenan
Joe Byrne
Earl Cave
Dan Kelly
Shaun Grant
Screenwriter
Liz Watts
Producer
Hal Vogel
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Naima Abed
Executive Producer
David Aukin
Executive Producer
Peter Carey
Executive Producer
Brad Feinstein
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Ari Wegner
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  • How True History of the Kelly Gang broadens what we mean when we say the word "outlaw" is another step forward for Justin Kurzel in his cinematic investigation of what makes a man.

    May 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Kurzel favors stylized images and the occasional anachronistic metal track to provoke a mood more than faithfully recreate history. And his approach works well in this film...

    April 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Scene to scene I found it riveting, but that said, by the end of it I felt like it added up to less than the sum of its parts.

    April 24, 2020 | 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…
  • That unhinged, hallucinatory spirit is what Kurzel taps into visually... realism clashing with fantasy to the point where the landscape feels more Mordor than the bush outside Melbourne... It's a lot. A little too much for me.

    April 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 22, 2021
    I appreciate that the movie is trying to pull apart the mythology of history but the imagery eventually becomes tiresome and repetitive.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2020
    I think where this film shines is the visuals Justin Kurzel presents are amazingly gorgeous for being within rural potions of Australia it is often beautifully stylized with a lot of interesting choices when it comes to what we the audience are allowed to see in the frame, The biggest thing holding this film back is that every single character is despicable and I do mean "despicable" like that guy should not be allowed women or children or anyone for that matter. Although within the context of this movie the story revolves around a family of violent bandits with a protagonist whose role models were themselves totally despicable murderers and bushwhackers. This film had me thinking about the movie The Proposition and how I favored the protagonist Guy Pierce plays in Charlie, who is a bandit who seeks redemption and the freedom of his brother by hunting down his violent eldest brother. Such a protagonist is not to be found in this film which makes me ponder why I liked this film so much. I think it may be that it is a really interesting study of what masculinity is and if it is even real or just some social construct that is devoid of real quantifiable form.
    Gregorio R Super Reviewer

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