In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

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Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. When his wife and child meet a grisly end at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge. Written by Cole Matthews

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The last law in a world gone out of control. Pray that he's out there somewhere. See more »


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George Miller: [doctor] Miller's past as a doctor is referenced in St George's hospital which features in the film. Mad Max Rockatansky is named for 19th-century pathologist Carl von Rokitansky, originator of the Rokitansky procedure, the most common method for removal of the internal organs in an autopsy. See more »

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When the old woman locks the bikers in the barn there are two doors. She locks the bikers in the left one. When she runs to the car, we see the right door, which is open, not the left door. See more »

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Grease Rat: Like the sign says, "speed's just a question of money. How fast you wanna go?"
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Mel's got a car and he knows how to use it.
25 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys."

Mad Max is all about vehicle fueled vengeance. A young Mel Gibson plays a lawman in a near-future, gang infested Australia. His encounters with a especially vile gang result in a deadly attack on his wife and infant son, and the last act of the movie focuses on his single-minded payback on those responsible.

Mad Max is certainly low-budget, but the movie doesn't really suffer from it. It is dated, however, and so many movies with similar premises have been made in the last thirty years that this one doesn't make nearly as much of an impression now as it probably did back in 1979. Watching this is a near-requirement for fans of Mel Gibson, but for everyone else, it's a decent movie that should be seen more for its classic status than its current entertainment value.


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