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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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Director:
Writers:
James McCausland (screenplay) &
George Miller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 March 1980 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
He rules the roads. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Mad Max, the one that launched a franchise and a hundred knock-offs. See more (303 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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
 
Thanks
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

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Runtime:
88 min | USA:93 min (special edition)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
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 | 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 (theatrical re-release) (2015) | UK:18 (video rating) (uncut) (1992) | UK:18 (video rating) (cut) (1986) | UK:X (theatrical rating) (cut) (1979) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
George Miller has called the film a mix of two genres - the car action movie and the horror movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jesse and May are being chased in the station wagon, it quits running because of radiator failure due to a piece of the gate they drive through stuck in it. It can be seen when Jesse runs in front of the car. When Max runs by the car moments later, it is no longer visible in the radiator.See more »
Quotes:
Fifi:People don't believe in heroes anymore.
Labatouche:I know McCaffee, you want to give them back their heroes. You will not try this one on me again, I do not enjoy wasting money. Goodbye and good luck.
Fifi:Thanks Labatouche, you're a real human being.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Licorice RoadSee more »

FAQ

How is Max "Mad"?
What year does this film take place in?
Is this movie based on a book?
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105 out of 152 people found the following review useful.
Mad Max, the one that launched a franchise and a hundred knock-offs., 31 May 2004

Mad Max (1979) is a low budget Aussie film that became a huge success in the U.S. because of it's sequel Mad Max 2 a.k.a. The Road Warrior. Not only did this movie spawned a franchise but it created a new genre of film (the post apocalyptic wasteland/road film) many rip-offs and pro wrestlers inspired by the movie and it's sequels.

Mel Gibson (in his greatest role in my opinion) stars as "Mad" Max, a cop who has seen too much while trying to enforce the law in a dying society. After clashing with the Night Rider, he incurs the wrath of his bikie buddies Toecutter and co. Toecutter has to be one of the most scuzziest and at the same time coolest bad guys. I like the way he tries to justify him and his crew's actions. Ditto for his right-hand man Bubba. Beautiful cinematography, fast paced action and awesome stunts make this movie a winner.

I have seen both versions of the movie (the U.S. dubbed version and the original Aussie soundtrack). For full enjoyment stick to the original version because they sound like real people, not like cartoon characters or cheesy b-movie villains. A true winner.

Highly recommended.

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Badly directed. somethingtofear
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