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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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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)

Did You Know?

Only two original Interceptors were used in the Mad Max movies. The one that was used in "Mad Max" was modified and reused in all of the interior and close up car shots in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). After filming was over, this Interceptor was bought and restored by Bob Forsenko and was on display in the "Cars of the Stars Motor Museum" in England. The Cars of the Stars Motor Museum was in the English town of Keswick, Cumbria, and included a collection of celebrity television and film vehicles. On 8 May 2011, the attraction closed, with a message on the museum website stating "...check the website for details of the relocation of the vehicles to a new location shortly..." As of December 2011, all the cars have been sold, except for the original "Only Fools and Horses...." (1981) Reliant van. Another car was built for the chase scenes in the second movie but that one was destroyed when the script required it to be pushed off the road and blown up. The wreckage used to be viewable at Broken Hill, Australia but due to thefts it can't be found there any longer. The Planet Hollywood Interceptor is a replica and was never used in any of the films.See more »
Continuity: Poly Styrene, the mannekin that gets a shotgun blast to the face on the beach, shows up later in the film during Mad Max's solo revenge on the back of a bike with its face intact.See more »
Goose:Jimmy the Goose, larger than life and twice as ugly!See more »
Movie Connections:
Licorice RoadSee more »


What is Mad Max about?
Why does the Night Rider start crying while Max pursues him?
Did Goose and Jesse die?
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102 out of 147 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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