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Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daniel Morgan
... Detective Manwaring
... Billy
... Superintendent Cobham
... Superintendent Winch
Wallas Eaton ... Macpherson
... Sergeant Smith
... Baylis
Martin Harris ... Wendlan
Robin Ramsay ... Roget
... Italian Jack
Gregory Apps ... Arthur
Liza Lee-Atkinson ... Barmaid
Elaine Baillie ... Farm Girl
Don Barkham ... Morrow
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Australia in the 1850s. Daniel Morgan, like hundreds of other ex-patriots from the British Isles (he is from Ireland), has come Downunder to seek his fortune. There is a gold rush going on, and Morgan wants to strike it rich. As fate would have it, Morgan soon finds himself on the other side of the law, broke and desperate. A single act of highway robbery gets him 12 years of hard labor. While in prison, he is systematically abused. Upon release, Morgan vows revenge on those who wronged him. With the help of an aborigine named Billy, and a growing legend of audacity, Morgan soon becomes a hero. The locals love him, while the wealthy and powerful fear his influence. They want this outlaw dead or alive, and will stop at nothing to see that their sense of justice is done. But Morgan only wants those to pay for the crimes they have committed, to recognize that he wasn't always a bushranger - he was made into one. It wasn't only his mind that made him bad. It was society that turned him ... Written by Anonymous

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Beaten, branded, brutalized, but never broken. See more »


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Mad Dog Morgan  »

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This movie was filmed during October, November and December 1975. See more »

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Dan Morgan (real name John Fuller) was born in New South Wales, Australia. While it is believed his mother was Irish, it is unlikely that he spoke with a heavy Irish accent. More likely he would have adopted the developing local accent. See more »

Quotes

Supt. Cobham: By all means, off with his head... and don't forget the scrotum.
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Featured in Dennis Hopper: Uneasy Rider (2016) See more »

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Over The Border
Australian traditional song
Performed by Danny Spooner
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Aussie Outlaw
10 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Despite some technical shortcomings and rather loose presentation, Mad Dog Morgan is an entertaining showcase of the Ozploitation genre. Dennis Hopper gives a strong performance, firing away as Irish prospector turned bushwhacker Daniel Morgan and there's rarely a dull moment. The pacing is quick and punchy, but not without it's more subtle dramatic moments.

Though what's most fascinating is that it's no more about crime than how easily a life can be corrupted, turning an individual into a criminal. Daniel Morgan is a confused, violent character but we sympathize with him nonetheless

All in all it's an interesting, near forgotten piece of film-making. You'd be hard pressed to find a proper version, but it's a must see for anyone interested in the sub-genre.


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