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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 »
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User Reviews:
Basic plot, but it's so much fun to watch See more (244 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
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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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 van that is smashed in the opening chase was George Miller's own vehicle, as the production was running out of money. About 20% of the chase scenes scheduled were not shot due to lack of money.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:
[last lines]
Johnny the Boy:[Max limps away after handcuffing Johnny to the car, leaking gas next to a fire] You're *mad*, man! You think I look silly, don't ya? Ha, ha! Don't bring this on me, man!
[sobbing]
Johnny the Boy:Don't do this to me, please! Aw, Sweet Jesus! I was sick! Don't bring this on me, please!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Forbidden Dimensions (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jessie's ThemeSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the R-Rated Version?
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Did Goose and Jesse die?
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33 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Basic plot, but it's so much fun to watch, 7 January 2008
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

I remember my parents being such fans of Mad Max when I was a kid, but the movie looked so boring in my eyes. I never really wanted to get into it, I mean, I was a kid after all. But a few years ago in my film appreciation class, we were watching clips from Mad Max 2 when studying Australian films and I was intrigued with it. I finally remembered a few weeks ago how I wanted to see the three movies, so I just watched Mad Max and I have to say that I understand it's cult following. Mad Max promises and delivers, it's a low budget action film, but has a terrific story and excellent stunts. Mel Gibson, before he was Mel Gibson in Hollywood, you could see why he made it so big, his presence on screen is truly hypnotic and he makes a great hero. This story is so scary in the fact that I don't think that we are far from this future.

Max Rockatansky lives in a time where his country has been taken over by violent, vicious motorcycle gang members who just go around torturing and killing people. Max and a few friends are the last members of the "semi" police force that is trying to get things back under control and bring some peace to their town. But when the gang messes with Max's friend by nearly burning him alive, Max is ticked and goes after them. But when the gang messes with Max's wife and child and kills them, oh, they've gone too far and now it's personal.

Mad Max's plot is basic and can be considered typical, but it's a fun action movie that truly delivers. The action sequences were really exciting, especially Max's revenge sequence, he was so amazing and I don't remember the last time I rooted so hard for the good guy to win. Mel Gibson was really cool and I had a good time watching Mad Max. I'm looking forward to the sequels. I would recommend this movie for a watch, it's a fun cult classic that I'm sure any action fan would enjoy.

7/10

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