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What is Mad Max about?

Mad Max is a action drama thriller set in a time in the near future, where crime is out of control and gasoline supplies are running low and the film stars Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a police officer, who goes vigilante and sets out to get his revenge on the motorcycle gang that has murdered his family and his partner, when Max is blamed for the death of the motorcycle gang's former leader, who was killed in a high speed car chase.

Did Goose and Jesse die?

Yes, Max' boss mentions that "Goose bought it." and the Doctors talk about Jesse and are pretty much convinced that Jesse will die because her injuries are very severe but they tell the nurse to reassure Max, tell him she's going to be fine, etc. But Max was outside the doorway and heard everything.

Typically burn injuries of the 3rd degree magnitude, like the ones that the Goose suffers (remember his arm poking out from the tent in hospital?) cause death. The biggest challenge to treating 3rd degree burns, especially when they cover most of the body, is infection, hence the tent that The Goose was in when Max visited him.

Basically no, but there is one version with two audio differences. The first being the original Australian accented soundtrack and the second being the American dubbed soundtrack.

Apart from dubbing the entire movie because Americans may find the accent difficult to understand, "Mad Max" in North America was completely the same.

The Night Rider probably experienced an acute onset of depression because he'd finally met an opponent who might catch him or matched him for driving ability. Also, he probably felt he couldn't escape. It actually adds another element of humor to the scene.

It is also likely that he was relying on his reckless nature as an advantage to outmaneuver the police. Along comes an officer who beats him in a game of chicken, and who is also driving a patrol car that can catch up to the one he is driving from a dead stop, and he knows that he isn't likely to get out of this alive. Max' wife mentions that he has been on the news several times, it is also possible that Nightrider recognized the notorious Max in his rearview mirror. Barring all else, Nightrider is shown to be quite psychologically unstable, screaming like a lunatic in nearly every shot in which he appears. Merely losing the game of chicken may have been enough to damage his fragile psyche to that degree.

Ambiguous, with signs of society breaking down, a specific year is never mentioned. The film was influenced by fuel shortages in Australia in the 1970s, which led to violent incidents throughout the country.

No. It's an original story by director George Miller and his writing team. However, it's believed Miller did base it on riots that took place in 1970s Australia over fuel shortages and the muscle car culture that was popular back then.

The UK theatrical version was cut in one scene . This version was used for the old VHS by Warner from 1986. All other VHS and DVD releases are uncut. Approx. 50 seconds are missing in this version and a detailed comparison between both cuts can be found here.

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