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Mad Max (1979)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  12 April 1979 (Australia)
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In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.



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Robina Chaffey ...
Stephen Clark ...
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Jerry Day ...
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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)  »

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Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)


AUD 5,625,000 (Australia)

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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 »


The Goose's wreck is caused by his rear wheel locking up. As he and the bike fly off the road, the rear wheel is still spinning. 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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References The Born Losers (1967) See more »


Jessie's Theme
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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.

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