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

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George Miller

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James McCausland (screenplay), George Miller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Max
Joanne Samuel ... Jessie
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Toecutter
Steve Bisley ... Jim Goose
Tim Burns ... Johnny the Boy
Roger Ward ... Fifi
Lisa Aldenhoven ... Nurse
David Bracks ... Mudguts
Bertrand Cadart ... Clunk
David Cameron ... Underground Mechanic
Robina Chaffey ... Singer
Stephen Clark Stephen Clark ... Sarse
Mathew Constantine Mathew Constantine ... Toddler
Jerry Day ... Ziggy
Reg Evans ... Station Master
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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. After some grisly events 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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A 400H.P. movie that runs on adrenalin, high octane and raw nerves! See more »


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The first time Tim Burns met Hugh Keays-Byrne, he introduced himself and told him he would be playing Johnny the Boy. Hugh responded by grabbing him by the face and snarled, "Johnny the Boy!" See more »

Goofs

As Max crawls past and drives away from Bubba, there is a falcon on Bubba's chest. But falcons don't eat dead prey, or prey on anything as large as an adult man. And even if it had been a buzzard or vulture, it wouldn't have been there so soon, while Max and the car were still there. See more »

Quotes

Starbuck: [watching Jessie get out of her car with Sprog] Look what's turned up for Sunday dinner.
Mudguts: Main course and dessert!
Starbuck: And my favorite kind... female!
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Alternate Versions

The 5.1 remix from 2001 restores the original Australian dub but has many changes compared to the original mix. Besides changing some of the sound effects, several others are missing. Also a line of dialogue in the scene when Johnny has his foot handcuffed is missing. The Australian mono track on the 2001 DVD and both the MGM and Shout! Factory blu-ray is a downmix of the 5.1 track. The true Australian mono track was considered a rarity on home video until when Kino Lorber released the movie in 4K for the first time and restored the proper Australian mono track. See more »


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Licorice Road
(uncredited)
Written and Produced by Nic Gazzana
Performed by Robina Chaffey
Sung by Creenagh St. Clair
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Mad Max, the one that launched a franchise and a hundred knock-offs.
31 May 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Mad Max (1979) is a low budget Aussie film that became a huge success in the U.S. because of it's sequel Mad Max 2 a.k.a. The Road Warrior. Not only did this movie spawned a franchise but it created a new genre of film (the post apocalyptic wasteland/road film) many rip-offs and pro wrestlers inspired by the movie and it's sequels.

Mel Gibson (in his greatest role in my opinion) stars as "Mad" Max, a cop who has seen too much while trying to enforce the law in a dying society. After clashing with the Night Rider, he incurs the wrath of his bikie buddies Toecutter and co. Toecutter has to be one of the most scuzziest and at the same time coolest bad guys. I like the way he tries to justify him and his crew's actions. Ditto for his right-hand man Bubba. Beautiful cinematography, fast paced action and awesome stunts make this movie a winner.

I have seen both versions of the movie (the U.S. dubbed version and the original Aussie soundtrack). For full enjoyment stick to the original version because they sound like real people, not like cartoon characters or cheesy b-movie villains. A true winner.

Highly recommended.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,750,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,773,197
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Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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