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
beaten, branded, brutalized, but never broken.
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Did You Know?
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
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
By all means, off with his head... and don't forget the scrotum.
Referenced in Gulpilil: One Red Blood
Over The Border
Australian traditional song
Performed by Danny Spooner See more