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



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Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)

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Jessie doesn't use real sign language. They're just some movements that Joanne Samuel made up. See more »


When Max hears Jessie screaming when she's being chased by bikers in the woods, he grabs his rifle and runs towards here with no shoes on. In the next sequence, after Max takes a few steps towards the woods, he's wearing shoes. See more »


Ziggy: [about Cundalini's hand] Well, unless someone makes a claim for it, I figure it's lost property.
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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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