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Ned Kelly (Movie - 2004) In the great tradition of ''The Marrying Man'' and ''Gigli'' comes another dud lending credence to the maxim that on-set romantic sparks result in...Ned Kelly (Movie - 2004)DramaPT109MPG-13 In the great tradition of ''The Marrying Man'' and ''Gigli'' comes another dud lending credence to the maxim that on-set romantic sparks result in...2004-08-06Geoffrey RushNaomi WattsGeoffrey Rush, Naomi WattsFocus
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Ned Kelly (Movie - 2004)

Genre: Drama; Starring: Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts; Director: Gregor Jordan; Author: John M. McDonagh; Runtime (in minutes): 109; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Focus

In the great tradition of ”The Marrying Man” and ”Gigli” comes another dud lending credence to the maxim that on-set romantic sparks result in inexplicably chemistry-free movies. Aside from getting Naomi Watts out of the deal, Ledger might wish he’d filmed the story of Ned Beatty or Ned Flanders, any Ned but the real-life 19th-century outlaw who’s an icon in Australia and a nonentity in the rest of the world – a disparity only enhanced by this dully serious ”Western.” A 1970 version was loopy enough that Mick Jagger’s casting as the gunslinger with a bushy beard Down Under his chin was out-weirded by the Waylon Jennings-sung score. The tip-off to how dreadfully straight and pallid the latest take is: nearly nonstop orchestral swelling that foreshadows the beloved antihero’s martyrdom.

EXTRAS A featurette examines Kelly biopics dating back to the silent era, and a still gallery spotlights an ad campaign focusing on individual stars – even Watts and Geoffrey Rush, who merited their own posters despite turning in virtual cameos.

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