MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 26 this week

Mad Max (1979)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 102,538 users  
Reviews: 238 user | 141 critic

A vengeful Australian policeman sets out to avenge his partner, his wife and his son whom were murdered by a motorcycle gang in retaliation for the death of their leader.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 04 Oct 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 09 Jun 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 11 Jan 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 01 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Mad Max" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max (1979) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mad Max.

User Polls

4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former Australian policeman is rescued by a tribe of children when he is banished from a desert town and sent into the desert to die by the desert town's evil queen.

Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence
Action | Adventure | Thriller

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mad Max Renegade follows the further adventures of Max Rockatansky after his desertion from Main Force Patrol in his famed Pursuit Special, more commonly known as the Interceptor.

Director: Paul Miller
Stars: Liam Fountain, Neva Cole, Gerry Goble
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey
Predator (1987)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A team of commandos, on a mission in a Central American jungle, find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Max
...
...
...
Tim Burns ...
Roger Ward ...
...
David Bracks ...
Bertrand Cadart ...
...
Robina Chaffey ...
Stephen Clark ...
Mathew Constantine ...
Jerry Day ...
Reg Evans ...
Edit

Storyline

A vision of an apocalyptic future set in the wastelands of Australia. Total social decay is just around the corner in this spectacular cheap budget gang orientated road movie, where the cops do their best to lay down the law and the outlaw gangs try their hardest to defy the system. Leather clad Max Rockatansky husband, father and cop turns judge, juror and executioner after his best friend, wife and baby are killed. Here we see the final days of normality of a man who had everything to live for, and his slip into the abyss of madness. Mad Max is the antihero on the road to vengeance and oblivion. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When the gangs take over the highway... ...Remember he's on your side. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 April 1979 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Безумный Макс  »

Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Gross:

AUD 5,625,000 (Australia)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The voice of Robina Chaffey, the singer of the Sugartown Night Club, was the only voice left undubbed in this film's original USA release. See more »

Goofs

The reflection in max's glasses when he is waiting for the night rider.. it shows the dirt road that he just left, and the same shot is seen earlier as well See more »

Quotes

Nightrider: The Toecutter - he knows who I am. I am the Nightrider! I am the chosen one. The mighty hand of vengeance, sent down to strike the unroadworthy! I'm hotter than a rollin' dice. Step right up, chum, and watch the kid lay down the rubber road, ride to freedom!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Peep Show: Mugging (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Jessie's Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Nic Gazzana
Performed by Joanne Samuel
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Low budget classic that is now a genre landmark.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Set somewhere in the future we are privy to a world where the roads are ruled by maniac gangs with souped up cars, and bikers that literally could come from hell. Trying to stop these marauding loons are the overstretched police force who themselves ride in exceptionally fast cars. At the front of this story is Max Rockatansky, a good honest cop trying to hold his own against the chaotic world that is forming around him. After his best friend is burned and left for dead he decides enough is enough and thinks about retiring from the service, but whilst on a vacation with his wife and child things go decidedly bad and Max becomes an avenging force of fury with devastating affect.

When evaluating this film I feel it really needs to be put into perspective just how brilliant a job director George Miller did with next to no cash to work with, in fact Miller edited the film in his own bedroom just to emphasise the low-fi nature of the beast. The costumes are excellent, the cast are terrific, with Mel Gibson as Max particularly impressive, and here we have villains to truly fit the word villainous, but it's the stunts and chase sequences that makes this film a rich rewarding experience. The opening ten minutes alone are pure adrenalin pumping genius, but the film as a whole delivers a crash bang wallop punch that has often been imitated since its release, but rarely bettered, and although the heart of the film is a simple revenge story, it grabs your attention and delivers right to the corking finale, 8/10.

Footnote: Region 2 Users should note that the bargain bucket Mad Max Trilogy flip pack set still contains the foolishly dubbed version of this film, incredibly stupid move from the American distributors.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Only 7 score? knezevicfilip
after max kills jonny the boy adders21
Did Johnny deserve what Max does to him? boehm2home
does anyone know who painted the poster art? rollo88
Could the Interceptor catch the motorcycles? chris_miller869
Assless chaps metalfoley
Discuss Mad Max (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page