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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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Mel's got a car and he knows how to use it. 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?

One scene is an homage to the train station scene in High Noon (1952).See more »
Continuity: Max's shoes changes third time when he is running on the road to pick up Jessie.Early he was shoeless and then wearing black shoes as written in an above statement and again in this scene he is seen wearing another pair.See more »
Goose:[via radio] Max.
Max:[via radio] Go ahead.
Goose:We are 100% SNAFU.
Max:You ok?
Goose:Nothin' a year in the tropics wouldn't fix.
Max:Much damage?
Nightrider:[via radio] You should see the damage, bronze. Huh? metal damage, brain damage. Heheheh. You listen bronze. I am the Nightrider. I'm a fuel injected suicide machine. I am the rocker, I am the roller, I am the out-of-controller! I'm the Nightrider, baby,
Nightrider:, and we ain't never comin' back!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hot Fuzz (2007)See more »
Licorice RoadSee more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Mel's got a car and he knows how to use it., 25 October 2010
Author: lewiskendell from United States

"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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