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Mad Max (1979)

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

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Max
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Tim Burns ...
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Nurse
David Bracks ...
Bertrand Cadart ...
Clunk
David Cameron ...
Robina Chaffey ...
Singer
Stephen Clark ...
Sarse
Mathew Constantine ...
Toddler
Jerry Day ...
Reg Evans ...
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Storyline

Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. When his wife and child meet a grisly end at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge. Written by Cole Matthews

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21 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,750,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,000,000, 31 December 1982
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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes cut from the film: . Jessie shaving Max after the Nightrider chase. . After The Toecutter and his gang come into town to pick up The Nightrider's body, they wander around the town and meet the locals. . Max and Goose drag racing each other for fun, with Max riding a bike and Goose driving a car. . Max arming himself for his quest, including sawing off his shotgun. . During Max's pursuit of the bikers, the engine in the interceptor cuts out. . Prior to finding Johnny Boy, Max tends to his wounds. This scene appears in the trailer and in the opening montage of The Road Warrior (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Max hears Jessie screaming when she's being chased by bikers in the woods, he grabs his rifle and runs towards here with no shoes on. In the next sequence, after Max takes a few steps towards the woods, he's wearing shoes. See more »

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Grease Rat: [Max returns to the garage to question Greast Rat about the Toecutter and his gang] Bubba Zanetti, is that? You come for the grunt? She won't be ready until this afternoon. Still have trouble with the front forks. They're mongrels to work with.
[Max pulls Grease Rat out from under the car]
Grease Rat: You asshole! What the moly fuck you think you're doing?
Max: You and me are gonna talk about the Toecutter.
Grease Rat: Never heard of him
[Max pushes Grease Rat back under the car]
Grease Rat: What the Christ are you?
Max: I wanna know about ...
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Written by Bon Scott, Angus Young and Malcolm Young
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A quarter of a century on now (from the original filming) and still an icon of Aussie movie making!
10 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

It was the very rawness and budgetary constraints of this little flick that made it what it was. A new kind of action hero in a new kind of world! Gibson's laughably underpaid (though unavoidably so) contribution cannot be underestimated. He imbued Max with more than the script actually merited. An attitude perhaps that struck a chord with many office-desk (wannabe) vigilantes. After all, Max takes control of his own life - is not cowed by authority. Max is everyman, the one inside us that few get the chance to let loose. He is part Jesus, part Che, part James Dean, all Australian yobbo! But this guy gets the job done - drop Max into Iraq next month and see how far Saddam Hussein gets trying to stock up on sarin!

Raw energy is what MAD MAX was all about! Distilled, tempered and inflamed by the time THE ROAD WARRIOR came around but at this juncture. a man on a mission and with the best tricked-up car since....well, THE CAR ! For those of you incidentally, totally mortified that his glorious black-hearted Interceptor was rendered dead-meat in MAD MAX 2, be comforted by the fact that it DOES in fact reside still in a museum in London (Why there and not Sydney I know not...perhaps for the same reason Australia still is not host to the cricket-ashes urn!) What chance of either's return when Greece can't even get the Elgin Marbles back?

Much has been made (and remembered) of the high-power car chases in this film, held by many in absolute reverence. In fact after the main cops vs The Nightrider work-out in the first few minutes of the flick, its pretty much all downhill in the action stakes - nothing subsequently in MAD MAX (1) comes near this brief sequence. This situation (with a way bigger budget) was inarguably reversed by the time THE ROAD WARRIOR came along. The stunts in THAT film have never been surpassed and remember this was without CGI fx.

MAD MAX has that indefinable 'something" the sequels didn't...perhaps just a raw innovation couldn't be duplicated - rather like ur first kiss. It might not have been the best, but it sure IS fondly remembered.


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