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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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OVERRATED AT BEST See more (289 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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Also Known As:
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 | Ireland:16 (theatrical re-release) (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) (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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Max's MFP (Main Force Patrol) number is 4073, Jim Goose's is 2241, Charlie's is either 3840 or 3842.See more »
Miscellaneous: At the beginning chase scene, Goose's KZ1000 has a front mag wheel. When he slides into the parked car, his front wheel has spokes.See more »
Nightrider:The Toecutter - he knows who I am. I am the Nightrider! I am the chosen one. The mighty hand of vengeance, sent down to strike the unroadworthy! I'm hotter than a rollin' dice. Step right up, chum, and watch the kid lay down the rubber road, ride to freedom!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Les frères Pétard (1986)See more »
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42 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Author: RMurray847 from USA

This movie is primarily a classic, in my opinion, because it was the prequel which led to THE ROAD WARRIOR, which really is a classic. MAD MAX was made on a low budget, yes, and some nice things were done with very little money. (Although choppy editing is inexcusable no matter how low the budget, and there's lots of nonsensical editing in this flick.) THe opening sequences of the film, in which the various police chase Nightrider, is fairly effective and sets one up for ever increasing excitement. However, the movie heads pretty much downhill from there in terms of excitement.

The events that make Max "Mad" happen so late in the film, and then his revenge is so abruptly carried out that it is about as anti-climactic as anything can be. Toecutter, whom we've grown to despise, should face a clever, hard-fought death at the hands of Max, instead of the abrupt end that comes to him almost without Max's help.

Mel Gibson is okay in the movie, but has little to do. THe actor playing Goose is the most fun, certainly. I only recommend the movie to those who feel they MUST have the backstory to The Road Warrior, but frankly, the future envisioned in MAD MAX is very different from the truly post-apocalyptic world of the ROAD WARRIOR.

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