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Mad Dog Morgan -- Dennis Hopper (Land of the Dead, Easy Rider) stars in this gritty tale based on the true story of Australian Outlaw Daniel Morgan!


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Philippe Mora (screenplay)
Margaret Carnegie (book)
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Release Date:
9 July 1976 (Australia) See more »
In the autumn of 1865 the unique and notorious desperado, bushranger Dan Morgan, crossed the Murray River from New South Wales into Victoria to do battle with the law for the last time. What happened has been a secret for over 100 years. And so it should have been, if only to save face for the corrupt and hated colonial establishment of the day. This then is the fascinating tale, told for the first time, of the romantic and extraordinary villain they called Mad Dog Morgan. See more »
The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A "one-off" Western down under! See more (25 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Hopper ... Daniel Morgan

Jack Thompson ... Detective Manwaring

David Gulpilil ... Billy

Frank Thring ... Superintendent Cobham

Michael Pate ... Superintendent Winch
Wallas Eaton ... Macpherson

Bill Hunter ... 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 ... Morrow
Kurt Beimel ... Dr. Dobbyn
David Bracks ... McLean
Liddy Clark ... Alice
Peter Collingwood ... Judge Barry
Peter Cummins ... Gibson
John Derum ... Evans
Gerry Duggan ... Martin
Max Fairchild ... Prisoner
Chuck Faulkner ... Sgt. Montford

Judith Fisher ... Mrs. Warby
Alan Hardy ... Bob
Isobel Harley ... Mrs. Macpherson
David John ... John Evans
Norman Kaye ... Swagman

Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Simon
Kevin Leslie ... Maples
Robert McDarra ... Parole Officer
David Mitchell ... Haley
Christopher Pate ... Roget's Assistant
Grant Page ... Sgt. Maginnity
Philip Ross ... Watson

Bruce Spence ... Heriot
Peter Thompson ... Mayor
Roger Ward ... Trooper
Ken Weaver ... Bond
Harold Baigent ... Extra
Clare Balmford ... Old Whitley Woman
Natalie Bate ... Young Whitley Woman
Tony Bazell ... Extra
Bill Bennett ... Extra
John Bowman ... Extra
Tom Broadbridge ... Extra
David Buckland ... Extra
John Cousins ... Extra
Gail Evens ... Mrs. Walby
Reg Evans ... Bob
Cliff Ellen ... Extra
Tom Farley ... Extra
Jon Finlayson ... Extra
John Gaden ... Extra
Terry Gill
Andrew Gilmore ... Extra
Ken Grant ... Extra
Fred Greenwood ... Extra
Donald Kerr ... Extra (as Don Kerr)

Jeremy Kewley ... Gideon MacPherson
Harry Lister ... McIntosh

Gerard Maguire ... Rutherford
Gary Meadows ... Extra
Dennis Miller ... Extra
Warwick Randall ... Extra
Arthur Rudkin ... Extra
Peter Sherwood ... Extra
John Smythe ... Extra
Elsie Wishart ... Alice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Rackman ... Prison Cellmate (uncredited)

Directed by
Philippe Mora 
Writing credits
Philippe Mora (screenplay)

Margaret Carnegie (book "Morgan: The Bold Bushranger")

Produced by
Richard Brennan .... associate producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Flynn 
Cinematography by
Mike Molloy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Scott 
Scott Sousa (additional editing) (2009 DVD Release) (uncredited)
Production Design by
Bob Hilditch 
Art Direction by
Bob Hilditch 
Costume Design by
Bruce Finlayson 
Makeup Department
Patricia Cunliffe .... second makeup artist (as Trish Cunliffe)
Willi Kenrick .... hairdresser (as William Kenrick)
Liz Michie .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Beilby .... production supervisor
Richard Brennan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Lake .... assistant director
Chris Maudson .... second assistant director
William Mora .... third assistant director
Art Department
Barry Adler .... property buyer
Danny Burnett .... construction manager
Ivan Durrant .... special artwork
Mont Fieguth .... property master (as Monte Fieguth)
Robert Jones .... stand-by props
David Munro .... carpenter
Sound Department
Bob Cogger .... dubbing editor
Peter Fenton .... sound mixer
Andre Fleuren .... assistant dubbing editor
Ken Hammond .... sound recordist
Joe Spinelli .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Grant Page .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Bansgrove .... gaffer
Angus Forbes .... still photographer
Paul Gantner .... best boy
Ron Horner .... camera operator: second unit
Graeme Mardell .... key grip
Robert Marden .... clapper loader
Noel McDonald .... grip
Simon Perton .... electrician (as Simon Purtin)
Ian Plummer .... electrician
Peter Rogers .... focus puller
John Seale .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wendy Robinson .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative matcher
Peter Whitmore .... assistant editor
Music Department
David Gulpilil .... musician: didgeridoo
Danny Spooner .... musician: traditional music
Other crew
Gilda Baracchi .... continuity (as Gilda Barachi)
Ruth Beazley .... assistant wrangler
Margaret Carnegie .... additional researcher
S.T. Gill .... title backgrounds
Ken Grant .... wrangler
Vicki Grant .... assistant wrangler
Neville Lowe .... location liaison
Geoffrey Pollock .... production accountant
Penelope Wells .... secretary
Jenny Woods .... production coordinator

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USA:102 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:MA (Special Edition DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1978) | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2011) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | West Germany:18 (nf) (cut)
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Did You Know?

Bushranger Daniel Morgan was born around 1830-1833 and died on 9 April 1865.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Supt. Cobham:By all means, off with his head... and don't forget the scrotum.See more »
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A "one-off" Western down under!, 23 February 2004
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

If you check the credentials of Philippe Mora you will find he leans towards the outre school of film-making. In terms of cinematic crap he has managed to helm three of the all time greatest duds: THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE, SWAMP THING and the never to be forgotten, HOWLING 2 (The jury is still out on HOWLING III: THE MARSUPIALS...its either WORSE than 2 or a camp classic)

Whatever, MAD DOG MORGAN (MAD DOG in the US) offers too much to either ignore per se or to slate unmercifully. As a towering portrait of a reasonably obscure bushranger, it is just to disjointed and lacking in sane continuity to be considered a winner. Dennis Hopper's work and intense interpretation of Morgan however is just plain awesome - I consider it amongst his career highlights - up there with BLUE VELVET (are these two characters cosmically related somehow?)

The cinematography is sumptuous although on some dvd's I've noticed a strange discoloration towards the center of the screen throughout the print...oddly though it adds rather than detracts. The music is at times jarring and fully inappropriate, then before you can say "Is this one odd flick or not?" you're watching Hopper perched alone in a bar room, musing on his past and telling his would-be seductress - "I only ever knew one woman - my mother...I'm sorry." That scene alone makes the film worth watching. One of those scenes stays with you if you have any compassion whatsoever.

Frank Thring still thinks he's playing Herod from KING OF KINGS as the head of Victorian Police. His psychotic demands at the end of the film sicken even his subordinates. Clearly he is closer to an institution even than Morgan!

Excellent supporting work from Gulpilil as always. He also plays the film's didgeridoo on the soundtrack.

MAD DOG MORHAN is no thinking-person's classic, its not even an especially good film. What it DOES achieve though, is a fairly accurate representation of Australian Bush life from a bygone period. Within its budgetary limitations, insane direction and superior acting, it is a mini-beacon of sorts from the mid seventies. PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK it ain't...but neither does it generate the cringe factor of THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY MACKENZIE.

The 4.8 IMDb rating is woefully inadequate and quite absurd. This is a 5.6 (min) to 6.5 (max) if you consider the film rationally by virtue of the sum of its parts.

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