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James McCausland (screenplay) &
George Miller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 March 1980 (USA) 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 »
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4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Low budget classic that is now a genre landmark. See more (311 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Gibson ... Max

Joanne Samuel ... Jessie

Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Toecutter

Steve Bisley ... Jim Goose
Tim Burns ... Johnny the Boy
Roger Ward ... Fifi

Lisa Aldenhoven ... Nurse
David Bracks ... Mudguts
Bertrand Cadart ... Clunk
David Cameron ... Underground Mechanic
Robina Chaffey ... Singer
Stephen Clark ... Sarse
Mathew Constantine ... Toddler
Jerry Day ... Ziggy
Reg Evans ... Station Master
Howard Eynon ... Diabando
Max Fairchild ... Benno
John Farndale ... Grinner
Peter Felmingham ... Senior Doctor
Sheila Florance ... May Swaisey (as Sheila Florence)
Nic Gazzana ... Starbuck
Hunter Gibb ... Lair
Vincent Gil ... Nightrider (as Vince Gil)
Andrew Gilmore ... Silvertongue

Jonathan Hardy ... Labatouche (as Jonathon Hardy)
Brendan Heath ... Sprog
Paul Johnstone ... Cundalini
Nick Lathouris ... Grease Rat
John Ley ... Charlie
Steve Millichamp ... Roop
Phil Motherwell ... Junior Doctor
George Novak ... Scuttle
Geoff Parry ... Bubba Zanetti
Lulu Pinkus ... Nightrider's Girl
Neil Thompson ... TV Newsreader
Billy Tisdall ... Midge

Gil Tucker ... People's Observer
Kim Sullivan ... Girl in Chevvy
John Arnold ... Man Selling Dog
Tom Broadbridge ... Fat Nancy's Patron
Peter Culpan ... Caravan Driver
Peter Ford ... Arguing Couple
Clive Hearne ... Tow Truck Driver in Diner
Telford Jackson ... Tow Truck Driver in Diner
Christine Kaman ... Arguing Couple (as Kristine Kaman)
Joan Letch ... Fat Nancy's Waitress
Kerry Miller ... Gumchewer
Janine Ogden
Di Trelour ... Caravan Driver's Wife
Vernon Weaver ... Fat Nancy's Customer
Paul Young ... Fat Nancy's Customer
Brendan Young ... Kid Outside Halls of Justice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katy Brinson ... Moll on Beach (uncredited)
Lisa Dombroski ... Moll on Beach (uncredited)
Terry Gibson ... Biker on Beach (uncredited)
Andrew Jones ... Corpse (uncredited)
James McCausland ... Bearded Man in Apron (uncredited)

Amanda Muggleton ... Biker's Moll (uncredited)
Michael Ryan ... Biker on Beach (uncredited)

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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Additional Details

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:R18+ | 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 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R15+ (2015) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) (2016) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:(Banned) | Sweden:15 (TV rating) | Taiwan:R-15 (2016) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2015) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

The van that is smashed in the opening chase was long reported to be George Miller's own vehicle, as the production was running out of money. However, only the first shot of the vehicle (driving) was actually Miller's Bongo. The van that was smashed was a wreck from a scrapyard. About 20% of the chase scenes scheduled were not shot due to lack of money.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Grease Rat:Like the sign says, "speed's just a question of money. How fast you wanna go?"See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Machete Kills (2013)See more »
Jessie's ThemeSee more »


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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Low budget classic that is now a genre landmark., 4 March 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

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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