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Mad Max (1979)

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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21 March 1980 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Though asked by Max but never elaborated on as to its meaning, the Toecutter gang has a small tattoo on the majority of each member located near or around their face ('Night Rider' right cheek. 'Toecutter' right temple. 'Bubba Zanetti' left cheek and so on) in the shape of the Greek symbol/letter "F" which is represented by a small circle with a vertical line running through its middle. This symbol however is not present on Johnny the Boy in the film who is seen as the novice member of the gang who is still being "taught" as it were. It is not until after he is responsible and partakes in the death of MFP officer Jim Goose is Johnny the Boy seen brandishing the gang tattoo on the left side of his neck at the end of the film when Max handcuffs him to the back of the crashed vehicle he was looting. This would be a strong indication that the tattoo the Toecutter's gang wear is a symbol of their commitment by participating in the murder of a "Bronze" officer, as it is mentioned that the Night Rider who bares this mark as well is a referred to as a "Cop Killer" at the films beginning indicating that the Toecutter gang have been involved in the deaths of members of the Main Force Patrol. Given George Miller's Greek heritage that is hinted at throughout the film and its sequels and that Johnny the Boy is seen to be marked with the tattoo after he has committed murder, the symbol is more than likely to represent the first letter of the Greek word (foniás) which means "Killer". See more »

Goofs

When Roop is aiming the shotgun at the Nightrider in the opening chase, his grip on the gun changes from one-handed to two-handed between shots. See more »

Quotes

Goose: What a turkey! Hey, fella! You're a turkey!
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Referenced in Bleeder (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Jessie's Theme
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Written by Nic Gazzana
Performed by Joanne Samuel
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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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