Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Yahoo Serious|
|Produced by||Yahoo Serious
|Written by||Yahoo Serious
Lulu Pinkus (as Lulu Serious)
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Budget||A$20 million (est.)|
|Box office||A$5,444,534 (Australia)|
Reckless Kelly is a 1993 Australian comedy film produced, written, directed and starring Yahoo Serious. It co-stars Melora Hardin, Alexei Sayle and Hugo Weaving. The story is a satirical take on a modern-day Ned Kelly.
A modern-day Ned Kelly robs banks in Australia and gives all the money to the poor people. Ned is forced to go to Hollywood in order to make enough money to save his family's land. As it goes against his belief, he cannot simply rob banks there for his own benefit. Ned is forced to find another way to come up with the $1 million required to save his family island. That's when a movie producer shows up and gives Ned an offer he can't refuse.
- Yahoo Serious ... Ned Kelly
- Melora Hardin ... Robin Banks
- Alexei Sayle ... Major Wib
- Hugo Weaving ... Sir John
- Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Delance
- John Pinette ... Sam Delance
- Bob Maza ... Dan Kelly
- Martin Ferrero ... Ernie the Fan
- Anthony Ackroyd ... Joe Kelly
Neil Jillett, film critic for The Age wrote, "There are some good gags along the way, and a few of the plot's twists have an entertainingly surreal zaniness. But there is much heavy going too. Most of the messages Serious loads into the film - protect the environment, hate violence and banks, mock the British, go for a republic, sneer at American fads and religious hypocrisy - are presented with a smugness that was missing from Young Einstein".
Reckless Kelly grossed $5,444,534 at the box office in Australia.
In popular culture
- Australian rock duo Divinyls covered the song Wild Thing in 1993 for the soundtrack to the film. It peaked at No. 39 on the Australian Singles Chart.
- "Reckless Kelly (1993)". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- Andrew L. Urban, "Yahoo Serious: Reckless Kelly", Cinema Papers, April 1993 p31-35, 72
- Jillett, Neil (1993-04-15). "This Is Serious, Ned". The Age. Retrieved 2017-01-06 – via Newspapers.com.
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
- Steffen Hung. "Divinyls - Wild Thing". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
- Reckless Kelly at the Internet Movie Database
- Reckless Kelly at Box Office Mojo
- Reckless Kelly at Rotten Tomatoes
- RECKLESS KELLY : 1ST RE-CUT VERSION (Australian video release) at the National Film and Sound Archive
- RECKLESS KELLY : 2ND RE-CUT VERSION (U.S.A. film release) at the National Film and Sound Archive
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