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Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

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

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Sergeant Smith
John Hargreaves ...
Baylis
Martin Harris ...
Wendlan
Robin Ramsay ...
Roget
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Italian Jack
Gregory Apps ...
Arthur
Liza Lee-Atkinson ...
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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 more »

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Ferociously violent - unexpectedly kind. Ruthless bandit or rebel hero? An outlaw's outlaw with a score to settle. See more »


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"Mad Dog" was the name given to Australian bush-ranger Daniel Morgan by the 19th Century Australian constabulary (police). See more »

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In a farmhouse, a picture of a Tasmanian tiger or Thylacine is pointed out as being that of an extinct animal. The Thylacine did not become extinct until the 1930s. See more »

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Supt. Cobham: By all means, off with his head... and don't forget the scrotum.
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I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
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Bizarre little film.
1 April 2003 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I'd love to say that this film is an under-appreciated classic, but the low budget techniques and loose plot prevent me from doing so.

That said, if the content was a little more trendy, if it didn't pack so much of a punch, if it wasn't so uncomfortable to watch, maybe it would have a higher rating than it does (4.7 as I speak). I mean, there are some pretty horrendous films out there with huge followings and subsequently high IMDb ratings (Evil Dead anyone? Fan as I am, it's not exactly "slick"). Although there's probably an amount of poetic justice in that a film such as this, dealing with the themes it does, should be less appreciated than some of the schlock that Troma puts out (Toxic Avenger for example). Here is the story of a real life man, real events, set in a real world, portrayed realistically (occasionally beautiful, always authentic sets), and most can but dismiss it.

Above all is Dennis Hopper's performance. I've never seen him better, considering the relative difficulty in playing someone who'd lived 100+ years previously, and in quite a different part of the world. I can now do nothing but see him in a different, more positive light.

It was the acting that carried this for the most part. Were it not for a consistent effort on behalf of the entire cast, this film could have fallen in a heap.

Too easy to dismiss. Don't make that mistake.

8/10

(After having seen Gregor Jordan's recent portrayal of Ned Kelly, this has given me renewed faith in our ability to make a decent bushranger flick.)


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