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Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

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Detective Manwaring
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Billy
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Superintendent Cobham
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Superintendent Winch
Wallas Eaton ...
Macpherson
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Sergeant Smith
John Hargreaves ...
Baylis
Martin Harris ...
Wendlan
Robin Ramsay ...
Roget
Graeme Blundell ...
Italian Jack
Gregory Apps ...
Arthur
Liza Lee-Atkinson ...
Barmaid
Elaine Baillie ...
Farm Girl
Don Barkham ...
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Australia in the 1850s. Daniel Morgan, like hundreds of other ex-patriots from the British Isles (he is from Ireland), has come Downunder to seek his fortune. There is a gold rush going on, and Morgan wants to strike it rich. As fate would have it, Morgan soon finds himself on the other side of the law, broke and desperate. A single act of highway robbery gets him 12 years of hard labor. While in prison, he is systematically abused. Upon release, Morgan vows revenge on those who wronged him. With the help of an aborigine named Billy, and a growing legend of audacity, Morgan soon becomes a hero. The locals love him, while the wealthy and powerful fear his influence. They want this outlaw dead or alive, and will stop at nothing to see that their sense of justice is done. But Morgan only wants those to pay for the crimes they have committed, to recognize that he wasn't always a bushranger - he was made into one. It wasn't only his mind that made him bad. It was society that turned him ... Written by Anonymous

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1850s | outlaw | australia | dog | prison | See All (87) »

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beaten, branded, brutalized, but never broken. See more »


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9 July 1976 (Australia)  »

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In a 14 February 2006 interview with producer Jeremy Thomas by producer Sanford Lieberson at the Berlinale Talent Campus, Thomas said of this film: "...I went to Australia, and that was a good idea because I managed to produce my first independent film Mad Dog Morgan (1976). The film starred Dennis Hopper, we got Dennis Hopper somehow to be in it and I think there were something like 120 speaking parts and only $400,000 to make the film, which was very much in awe of Sam Peckinpah. We made a Western in Australia. And the film got selected for a side-bar event in Cannes; a film festival as usual came to my rescue. So I moved back to Europe having had the hands-on experience of making a film. The budget was made on a piece of paper, just page after page, and that is how the budget was constructed, never having made a film before, and a lot of the people who worked on the film were complete amateurs. I don't know how it was completed or done because we were very irresponsible, but I think it is a very good way to start with a colleague or friend." See more »

Goofs

The end credits show the copyright date in roman numerals that is incorrect. They are displayed as MCMDXXVI, but for 1976 they should be MCMLXXVI. See more »

Quotes

Supt. Cobham: By all means, off with his head... and don't forget the scrotum.
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Connections

Referenced in Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002) See more »

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Over The Border
Australian traditional song
Performed by Danny Spooner
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Rough, brutal, ugly, complex, compelling, and unsettling.
21 May 2001 | by (Denver, Colorado) – See all my reviews

This Australian film is based on a true story of an outlaw in the rough and ready world of the 1800's Way Down Under. It's a very rough world indeed. There are no jokes, no hijinks, no pretty lady loves. Morgan is brutalized by his environment of gold camps, opium dens, and a hellish period in prison. His one love, his one true friend, is a male aborigine who acts as both his savior and his servant.

This is, indeed, an ugly film. Yet Dennis Hopper manages to find a note of grace, and gives the film it's heart. The last portion of the film seems deeper and truer than the scenes that went before, allowing the viewer to understand more fully the complexity of a man such as Morgan.

The movie is low-budget and a bit disjointed. It is also often compelling.....and unsettling. I can't give it a high grade, due to it's poor producton values. But I'm glad it's in my collection.


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