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
the true story of the legendary Mad Dog Morgan... a jolting chapter in history.
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Did You Know?
During promotion for this movie's theatrical release, director Philippe Mora
said of this film: "Although the Australian bush-ranger is a unique figure in the annals of outlawry, his standing has been obscured by the proliferation of legendary bandits like Dick Turpin, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid. With "Mad Dog", we are laying a claim for the bush-ranger to rank high in the world's history of rebellion". 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
I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
Music by Michael William Balfe
[from 'The Bohemian Girl'] See more