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The Maxx 

Confused hulking homeless superhero The Maxx tries to protect his social worker and friend Julie from an omniscient serial killer Mr. Gone both in the real world, which may or may not actually be real, and the subconscious fantasy world.




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Complete series cast summary:
Amy Danles Amy Danles ...  Sarah 7 episodes, 1995
Glynnis Talken Glynnis Talken ...  Glorie / ... 7 episodes, 1995
Tony Fucile Tony Fucile ...  Sgt. Ocono, Cop, Fridge, The Crappon / ... 7 episodes, 1995
Barry Stigler Barry Stigler ...  Mr. Gone 7 episodes, 1995
Michael Haley Michael Haley ...  The Maxx 6 episodes, 1995


Maxx is a purple-clad superhero living in a cardboard box. His only friend is Julie Winters, a freelance social worker. Maxx often finds himself shifting back and forth between the "real" world and a more primitive outback world where he rules, and protects Julie. Mr. Gone, a self-proclaimed "student of the mystic arts" seems to know more about Maxx and Julie and their strange relationship than they could ever guess, but he's not exactly telling all....not yet, anyway. Written by Gregg Long <diggerblue@hotmail.com>

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The comic book series that the show is based on had a sequel volume. This new run is set in 2005 and brings back most characters from the original run, while adding new characters and plot and world elements. The story now focuses on Sara, who's now 10 years older, and Iago, villainous monster from the Outback with a list of people it wants to kill including characters from the original story. See more »


[Sara's holding a gun to her head]
Sara: Ok, heres the point in the story where I have this cathartic revelation that suicide's wrong, that life's worth living and everything'll be OK. Yeah, right. And that's why this story doesn't work!
[Throws the gun down]
Sara: 'Cause I just don't buy it.
Julie: Nobody buys it, but that's not why you go on.
Sara: Why then?
The Maxx: Because things'll change. You'll change.
Sara: What about right now?
Julie: Right now, you wait.
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Alternate Versions

Apparently the video release has been cut compared to the original release on television. See more »


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Truly disturbing
24 October 2000 | by Nephilim-6See all my reviews

Where do I start.. Maybe with the fact that The Maxx is purple? No that doesn't do it justice because that is but a small speck of a detail in the complete and utter psychological nightmare that is The Maxx.

I have seen this movie many times and still I feel utter despair when it's over. I mean it made me depressed for 2 days last weekend. One of my friends had to turn it off because it was too close to his own life.

But the story.. Well that's well dark. We have Maxx. He's this muscular guy in a purple suit with a rather strange mask with big teeth. He keeps shifting between the world of 'the city' and the 'real australia'("but not he Australia they teach you about in school etc...") as he puts it. He has no memory of his past.

Then there's Julie Winters. A Freelance social worker. She has a dark secret.

Then we have Mr. Gone. A Magician/serial murderer/rapist. All time bad guy. Somehow tho he knows something about Maxx and Julie's past. Something very important. "do you remember spirit-animals Julie?"

Then we have Sarah(she's my fave) a teenager who wants to become a writer. Outcast as she is she has some rather serious emotional problems. "luckily I don't get hurt anymore... yeah.. lucky me..."

these are a few of the basics for the story. It gets WAY more confusing as the movie progresses. And yet the story works. It's hypnotic, partly due to the very fitting animation, and completely sucks you in and gives your brain a thrashing and spits it out again at the end.

Dark, brooding and very depressing this is the perfect way to spend a dark evening. One word of advice though. As I have noticed with myself, do NOT watch this if you're very depressed. It will make it worse. MUCH worse.

One comment I'd like to make about the video release. They left out a few pieces that were shown on MTV because otherwise the video would be too long or something like that. The director didn't feel the parts they left out were fitting to the storyline. On some level this is true but they also left out some stuff about the Leopard-Queen which IS important to the story. Therefore I advice you to try to get a hold of the comic as well so you know what I'm talking about.

Okay I'm done for today. Needless to say I find The Maxx brilliant as it taught me a few things about my own personality and I hope others will also find it inspiring.

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Release Date:

8 April 1995 (USA) See more »

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MTV Animation See more »
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1.33 : 1
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