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Director:
Writers:
James McCausland (screenplay) &
George Miller (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 April 1979 (Australia) See more »
Tagline:
He rules the roads. See more »
Plot:
A vengeful Australian policeman sets out to avenge his partner, his wife and his son whom were murdered by a motorcycle gang in retaliation for the death of their leader. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Is Max really mad, or merely just misunderstood? See more (238 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
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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Runtime:
88 min | USA:93 min (special edition)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | 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:18 | UK:X (theatrical rating) | UK:18 (cut) (1986) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
The "old meat-grinder" scene was shot on the West Gate Freeway bridge while it was still under construction.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Max meets Goose in the courtyard of the Halls of Justice, his baton is hanging on his right hip. When they enter the garage, however, the baton has disappeared.See more »
Quotes:
Goose:You've seen it!... You've heard it!... and you're still asking questions?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Licorice RoadSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Is Max really mad, or merely just misunderstood?, 9 August 2009
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

"Mad Max" is one of those films that is on everyone's top film lists. Not only did it introduce us to Australian cinema, but also a young 21-year old newbie named Mel Gibson. "Mad Max" was dark, it was brooding, it was destructive, and it never gave us that glimmer of hope for humanity, but now - nearly 20 years later - does it still remain the classic that it started? Sure, it was impressive to watch the crash scenes, it was powerful to see the world through Mr. Miller's disturbed eyes, but is it re-watchable? Does it have the appeal to see new things throughout if watched and watched again? For me, the answer seemed to float near "no". While I loved what "Mad Max" represented, what it was - a full body of color and action - it wasn't something to be watched again and again. Gibson does a great job as Max, a man torn between the evils of the road and his personal philosophies. He begins as an ominous optimist, able to stop crime as it occurs on the streets, but then as his sense of normality is turned upside down, his ability to react and adapt is seen. The final moments, he has transformed from the man we were first introduced to into something quite terrifying. One could also compliment Mr. Miller's directorial outing, at times it felt a bit episodic with tough edits placed, but for the majority he told a deathly story with great ease and excitement. So, again, there is no arguing that "Mad Max" is an important film, one that I am glad to have finally seen, but once was enough. It seems to be lacking that re-watch excitement.

But why has that conclusion been made? What makes "Mad Max" mediocre instead of powerful? It is hard to pinpoint the exact scene, but the sense of "alright, I've seen it - now what" was definitely present by the end. Yet, there were points that I just loved. Gibson was perfect. He was incredible as Max, and the world that Mr. Miller created was intense. The opening scene, the car crashes as our bearded villain just yelled "Toecutter" was fantastic. "Mad Max" has one of those openings that just pulls you in, that makes you excited to watch a film of this intensity, but then where do you go? Miller seemed to indicate that more car crashes, more violence, more cliché family drama would indicate a stronger film. At times he was right, his ability to create different scenes set across the same backdrop demonstrated his originality, but then there were times where it just felt recycled. One scene that stands out, is where our gang of bikers track down a couple that happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, they chase them down and demoralize them as Max and his partner find them - then, almost repetitively, it happens with Max and his girl later in the film. In this post-apocalyptic world, there seems to be no problem finding someone. Space seems to not be a problem. This was another unexplained moment - where the coincidence of discovering Max or finding the biker gang should have been more difficult. These repetitive, essentially simplistic scenes seemed to detract from the power of what Max represented. One also needs to ask about the story, the unknown of what time or place we are following Max - would this have strengthened the story knowing what world we lived in? The understanding that this was a low-budget film was rooted in my mind, the techniques provided were impressive, but should that have been neglected for mediocre storytelling? Perhaps I misread this film, perhaps I missed the joy of why this is hailed as such a cult success.

Another weakness against "Mad Max" has to be the relationship between his wife/girlfriend and child. Again, the lacking story helped confuse this viewer as to what dynamic they had, but when we have scenes in which the child is completely forgotten about - it just decimates the reasons behind Max's anger and utter breakdown. There were several scenes in which I yelled at the screen, "What about the child", then finally they would remember - he seemed to fade in and out of existence too often for one film. Then, when disaster strikes, we are forced to believe that suddenly Gibson would release his inner rage? It just didn't work. The same can be said for his wife/girlfriend. A stronger definition of character, and even more lines spoken would have helped me see the relationship. She seemed angry at first, the product of a failed marriage forced by this post-apocalyptic world to stay together, then we were introduced to love, then suddenly, she moved to idiocrity. Who would believe that running down a road, when there are open fields around, is the better option? It was these small inconsistencies that forced "Mad Max" from greatness to just another average action film. Two-plus hour sweeping epics aren't always needed, but stronger characters do help in creating the world that we, as viewers, are to inhabit for 90-ish minutes.

"Mad Max" is an important film, there is no question in my mind about that. The door that this film opened for future cinema in America couldn't have been done by a better group of filmmakers, but it isn't a promising classic. I could not watch this film again. The sequels I am ready for, but this ride is over - and the park is closing. I realize that I am in the minority, but "Mad Max" is a low-budget film that uses repetitive film-making as its staple - originality is present, but you must search to find it.

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