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Mad Max -- Set in the not too distant future, Mad Max is a chilling drama that combines a futuristic plot with high-speed car and motorcycle action. The stage is set for a strange apocalyptic death game between nomadic bikers and a handful of young cops. Mel Gibson stars as 'Mad Max', and later went on to play the title role in two successful sequels.


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James McCausland (screenplay) &
George Miller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 April 1979 (Australia) See more »
He rules the roads. See more »
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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After nearly 30 years still an amazing trip at high speed See more (292 total) »


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Directed by
George Miller 
Writing credits
James McCausland (screenplay) &
George Miller (screenplay)

Byron Kennedy  story (uncredited)
George Miller  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Byron Kennedy .... producer
Bill Miller .... associate producer
Original Music by
Brian May 
Cinematography by
David Eggby (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Cliff Hayes 
Tony Paterson 
Art Direction by
Jon Dowding 
Costume Design by
Clare Griffin 
Makeup Department
Vivien Mepham .... makeup artist (as Viv Mephan)
Ben Taylor .... hair dresser
Production Management
John Hipwell .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Connard .... second assistant director
Ian Goddard .... first assistant director
Des Sheridan .... third assistant director
Art Department
Steve Amezdroz .... assistant art director
Richard Francis .... props
Stuart Beatty .... sign painter (uncredited)
Rudy Mineur .... sculptor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ned Dawson .... sound effects
Roger Savage .... post-production sound: A.A.V. Australia
Mark J. Wasiutak .... boom operator (as Mark Wasiutak)
Gary Wilkins .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Chris Murray .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects (uncredited)
Richard Wilmot .... optical effects operator (uncredited)
Chris Anderson .... stunt team
Dale Bensch .... stunt team
David Bracks .... stunt team
Phil Brock .... stunt team
Michael Daniels .... stunt team
Gerry Gauslaa .... stunt team
Terry Gibson .... stunt team
George Novak .... stunt team
Grant Page .... stunt coordinator
Grant Page .... stunt team
Camera and Electrical Department
David Cassar .... grip
Lindsay Foote .... gaffer
Harry Glynatsis .... camera assistant
Noel McDonald .... grip
Garry Plunkett .... best boy
Tim Smart .... clapper loader
Tim Smart .... photographer: second unit
Chic Stringer .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Merran Kingsford-Smith .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Margaret Cardin .... negative cutter
Music Department
Nic Gazzana .... cabaret music
Brian May .... conductor
Mal Capewell .... musician (uncredited)
Gary Costello .... musician (uncredited)
Robert John .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
Shirley Ballard .... script supervisor
Stuart Beatty .... traffic supervisor
Ray Beckerley .... vehicle designer
Tom Broadbridge .... production assistant
Jenny Day .... production coordinator
Lex Glouchewera .... electronics
Bill Gooley .... laboratory consultant: Colorfilm
Noel L. Harman .... financial consultant
Andrew Jones .... traffic supervisor
Stephen O'Hare .... truck coordinator
Robert Orchard .... mechanic
Bill Owen .... titles
Clive Rowell .... mechanic
Murray Smith .... mechanic
George Barbera .... the producer gratefully acknowledges the assistance of
Frank Matich .... the producer gratefully acknowledges the assistance of: Bell Helmets
Crew believed to be complete

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88 min | USA:93 min (special edition)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) (1999) (uncut) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1982) (cut) | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (special edition) | Finland:K-18 | France:X (original rating) | France:16 (re-rating) | France:12 (re-rating) (2015) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2015) | Ireland:18 (video rating) | Ireland:16 (theatrical re-release) (self-applied by Cineworld) (2015) | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R15+ (2015) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (TV rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (uncut) (2015) | UK:18 (uncut) (1992) (1995) | UK:18 (cut) (1986) | UK:X (theatrical rating) (cut) (1979) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Shot in 12 weeks, on a meager $350,000 budget, in and around Melbourne.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Jessie has the baby in her arms and runs towards the farm, the baby screams while his lips are closed.See more »
Roop:Main force Patrol.
Roop:Were out of the game unable to continue pursuit.
Roop:You better send a Meat Truck. Charlie's copped a saucepan in the throat.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nitro (2007)See more »
Licorice RoadSee more »


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55 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
After nearly 30 years still an amazing trip at high speed, 11 January 2008
Author: Dan_the_DutchMan from Netherlands

After not seeing it for about seven years, I just saw it on DVD for the first time. I remembered it as an exciting near-chaos-future adventure with highway cops in muscle cars and one insane biker gang. It's great how it keeps on standing the test of time. High speed and raw power are of every age, past and future. The way the highway action is shot in this movie simply stays exhilarating, putting it in the top ranking of best high-speed-chase movies ever. Seeing the camera follow the highway marker at high speed, along with the sound of a bike- or V8-engine delivers a Mad and chaotic but really cool result. The pace of the movie remains considerably high, without many slow moments.

Some aspects of the movie have (understandably) dated. Obviously the 70's clothing and hair styles. Sometimes the acting is a little over the top, and some characters could come directly from a comic book. And of course the story is not that deep or difficult. It's partly action-thriller, partly science fiction adventure. All weaknesses are covered and compensated by lots of a-moral fun though.

At the heart of this one of a kind look movie, there is a hero character named Max. This speed-demon-cop is at the top of his game on the highway, ruthlessly dealing with maniacs ravaging his jurisdiction. But he is also a happy family man with his wife and son. This duality makes the character human, timeless and very memorable. In some scenes you can clearly see Mel Gibson was only just getting into acting. For a rookie he was doing a good job nonetheless.

Others strengths lie within the scary nature of the biker gang. An extravagant rag-tag band of maniacs, led by the iconic villain The ToeCutter. To this day, their actions remain tough and very disturbing. It will have you staring at the screen dead serious, making Max' battle against them even more gratifying.

There is much to say about this movie, but first and foremost it is a must see. A cult classic still as enjoyable as it was nearly 30 years ago.

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