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Director:
Writers:
Philippe Mora (screenplay)
Margaret Carnegie (book)
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Release Date:
9 July 1976 (Australia) See more »
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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 »
Plot:
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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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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Hopper turns Irish outlaw. See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (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
Kenneth Grant Sr. ... Extra (as Ken Grant)
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
 
Stunts
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
Kenneth Grant Sr. .... wrangler (as Ken Grant)
Vicki Grant .... assistant wrangler
Neville Lowe .... location liaison
Geoffrey Pollock .... production accountant
Penelope Wells .... secretary
Jenny Woods .... production coordinator
 

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Runtime:
USA:102 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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 | West Germany:18 (cut version)
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Trivia:
Reportedly, Dennis Hopper's salary on this movie for playing bushranger Daniel Morgan was $50,000.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Supt. Cobham:By all means, off with his head... and don't forget the scrotum.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble HallsSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Hopper turns Irish outlaw., 22 January 2007
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Australia, in the 1850s. An Irish man Daniel Morgan starts off as gold-seeking immigrant who turns to robbery and gets sentenced to 12 years prison time. This is where the going gets truly tough and scars his mind. After a couple years he gets released. After befriending an aboriginal named Billy, he becomes a bushranger with an ever-growing bounty looming over his head. The two go out of their way to seek those prominent figures for turning him into what he is and for pushing him to the brink of self-destruction. On his trail is the determined Detective Mainwaring, which puts even more pressure on the cracking mind of Daniel "Mad Dog" Morgan.

I heard of the film before, but never had the chance to see it until just recently when I managed to pick myself up a copy of the film. Those who believe this to be a sorely forgotten Australian gem, do make a valid point and I'll be jumping onto the bandwagon too. Cult Aussie director Philippe Mora makes his directorial debut with an interestingly odd, exploratory and rampant curio piece of an Australian bushranger folk legend. It doesn't feel like your basic outlaw movie, as hounding the picture is a socially minded lashing of corrupt power taking away the respectability of a lone and misunderstood figure (Daniel Morgan). We watch the spiralling depiction of a fazed man fighting a society who thinks they are better accustomed and more civilized than him because of his actions against them (but that's far from the case). I didn't think it was going to be as harrowing and potently involving as it was, but this is very much largely thanks to spellbinding method actor Dennis Hopper's (who fell out favour with Hollywood at the time) multi-layered performance as Mad Dog Morgan. His erratic changes in mood (from being placidly polite to passionately quick tempered) are very successfully timed and indeed convincing. One of his best.

Leading the way is a strong Australian support cast with their characters getting enough time to shine. David Gulpilil is a good choice as Billy and has a budding rapport that works along with Hopper's character. Frank Thring stands out as the aggressively bull-headed Superintendent Cobham and a poignantly stern Jack Thompson makes the most of his small role as Detective Mainwaring. Also lurking on screen with tip-top (and some quirky) performances are John Hargreaves, Wallace Eaton, Bill Hunter (who chews up the scenery) and Bruce Spence ticks in with a blink and you'll miss it spot. These are very human characters and cast do a fine job in bringing that to the screen. Mora has crafted a roughly violent tale that skews between cheekiness and a spiritual foray in a well up drawn period. The story jauntily breezes by to begin with then falls into some patchy holes when it can drag, but never gets dull or loses its bitingly ironic edge. It seems to be more complex in its character's reactions than the basic narrative lets on. Mora smoothly plays along with his stylish filming techniques and has a gifted eye for short spurts of flair and (at time surreal) images. No more than some of the well mounted photography by Mike Molloy focuses on the vastly stunning backdrop of the untamed Australian wilderness and accompanying the action is an diversely roaring music score that fits right in with the style Mora's going for.

"Mad Dog Morgan" is an overlooked Australian rarity of the 70s, which is hard not to be highly fascinated by its boldly rough and evocatively baseless treatment of the stirring material.

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