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A vengeful Australian policeman sets out to avenge his partner, his wife and his son.

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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

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Release Date:

12 April 1979 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Безумный Макс  »

Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

Gross:

AUD 5,625,000 (Australia)
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Besides Mel Gibson, only one other actor appeared in both Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). That was Max Fairchild - originally as Benno, and then as a pleading hostage on the front of Humungus' car. See more »

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When Max meets Goose in the courtyard of the Halls of Justice, his baton is hanging on his right hip. When they enter the garage, however, the baton has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Goose: It was like slow motion. He leaves his seat and goes through the windshield, headfirst straight into the tree, right? And then bounces back through the windshield. And by the time we got to him, he was just sitting there, trying to scream with his face ripped off.
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Goose: What's the matter?
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Goose: Give it here.
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Written by Nic Gazzana
Performed by Joanne Samuel
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A sadistically fun movie
30 June 2000 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

Mel Gibson is Mad Max in, well, "Mad Max!" This is the film that made Mel an international superstar. In his starring debut, Mel plays Max, a leather-clad cop in the near future who fights to control security on the road from vicious bikers and road thugs. When the thugs lead by the psychotic Toecutter kill Max's wife and baby, our hero is livid with vengeance. Armed with his armor-plated muscle car and a sawed-off shotgun, Max wreaks turbo-powered revenge on the murderous punks.

Though a bit dated compared with the action films we have today, "Mad Max" still stands out as a very impressive movie. For one thing, this film had a tiny budget. Well, as proven in "El Mariachi," a movie doesn't need a $1 million budget if you have a creative story and imagination. "Mad Max" stands out as a classic low-budget flick that made it big without the intense u


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