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Mad Dog Morgan (1976) Poster

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The mythology of Australian bush-ranger Daniel Morgan says that Morgan was legendary for carrying eight revolvers, two in his hands and six on his belt.
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David Gulpilil went walkabout during the middle of production to ask the trees about Dennis Hopper; reportedly, the trees told Gulpilil that Hopper was crazy.
Dennis Hopper visited Daniel Morgan's grave right after finishing the film and got drunk at the grave site; he was arrested by the Victorian police and placed on the first plane back to Hollywood.
This movie was filmed entirely on location.
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Dennis Hopper drunk vast amounts of rum so he could properly portray Daniel Morgan.
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Lead star Dennis Hopper had described this movie as one of his "great life experiences".
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Writer/director Philippe Mora originally wanted to call the movie 'Insane Canine'.
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Reportedly, Dennis Hopper's salary on this movie for playing bushranger Daniel Morgan was $50,000.
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Apparently, when producer Jeremy Thomas and director Philippe Mora went to first meet actor Dennis Hopper at his home in New Mexico, Hopper greeted them at the airport with a gun in his hand.
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Stacy Keach, Martin Sheen, Malcolm McDowell and Alan Bates were all considered for the role of Daniel Morgan. Keach was the first choice but disagreements meant his hiring fell through. Sheen was the second choice, and this casting too did not eventuate. The Dan Morgan lead role was in the end cast with Dennis Hopper. Keach would later star in another Australian film instead, in Richard Franklin's Road Games (1981).
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This film contains over one hundred speaking parts. Producer Jeremy Thomas has said there are about 120 of them.
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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project.
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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."
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Director Philippe Mora has said of this film's lead actor Dennis Hopper that he "brought an insanity to the role, and an intensity that most actors would have found impossible to create".
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This film was originally shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. However, the 2005 American DVD release from Troma Entertainment presents the film in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio print cropped directly from the "pan and scan" full-screen print that was made for VHS releases. The film now has been released in Australia in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, the first time since its theatrical release.
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This film is based on a true story.
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Dennis Hopper was imported from the USA to headline this Australian feature film.
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The production shoot for this film went for six weeks.
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This movie was filmed during October, November and December 1975.
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Apparently, the real-life Daniel Morgan's real name at birth was John Fuller. He was also apparently known as Jack Fuller and John Smith as well as the nicknames of Billy the Native and Down-the-River Jack. There is also apparently some debate as to his "Mad" nickname i.e. as Mad Dog or as Mad Dan.
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Apparently, bush-ranger Dan Morgan was an inspiration to Australia's most famous bushranger of all, Ned Kelly.
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Final feature film of Australian actor Robert McDarra.
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Publicity for this picture from producer Jeremy Thomas and writer-director Philippe Mora stated that this movie was "the first big adventure saga with accurately researched and reproduced Australian backgrounds".
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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".
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Outside of Australia, this movie has been described an Australian Western. This movie actually won an award for Best Western at a Western Film Festival at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
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Generally and wherever possible, authentic locations were utilized. As such, this picture was filmed in the same region that bush-ranger Daniel Morgan actually roamed in. This was the district around the Victoria-New South Wales border in Australia. The movie was mainly filmed around Holbrook, New South Wales, Australia, which is north of Albury in the same state. Moreover, filming also took place at the actual cave hide-out in the Yambla Range bush of New South Wales that bush-ranger Daniel Morgan hid out in when he was wounded and looked after by Billy (played in the film by David Gulpilil).
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First Australian feature film directed by Philippe Mora.
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This movie was retitled 'Mad Dog' for television. This film was also publicized in the July/August 1976 edition of Australian 'Movie News' magazine as 'Mad Dog'. The film is equally well known under two titles, as both 'Mad Dog' and 'Mad Dog Morgan'.
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This film was made and released about two years after Margaret Carnegie's source book 'Morgan: The Bold Bushranger' was first published in 1974. This book was based on twelve years of research. Carnegie is credited for the film for both story and research.
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During production filming this movie was known as 'Mad Dog'.
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Dennis Hopper received top / first billing, Jack Thompson received second billing, David Gulpilil received third billing, Frank Thring received fourth billing and Michael Pate received fifth billing.
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The purple flowers in the fields are not wildflowers, but an invasive or noxious weed known variously as "Paterson's Curse" or "Salvation Jane". It is a European plant (Echium plantagineum - Purple Viper's Bugloss), native to western and southern Europe. It is also called Blueweed, Lady Campbell Weed or Riverina Bluebell.
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Bushranger Daniel Morgan was born around 1830-1833 and died on 9 April 1865.
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"Mad Dog" was the name given to Australian bush-ranger Daniel Morgan by the 19th Century Australian constabulary (police).
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This movie is based on the life and death of Australian bushranger Daniel Morgan.
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The meaning and relevance of this film's title is that it refers to the known-name of the 19th Century Australian Bush-Ranger "Mad Dog Morgan".
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Second dramatic feature film directed by Philippe Mora. The first was Trouble in Molopolis (1969).
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Fourth feature directed by Philippe Mora. Mora's second and third films were the documentaries Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975) and Swastika (1974).
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This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie.
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Dennis Hopper and Jack Thompson both sport beards in this movie whilst Michael Pate is seen with a rather large bushy mustache.
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Bruce Spence: The star of Stork (1971) as Heriot.
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Graeme Blundell: The The Sex Therapist (1973) star as Italian Jack.
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