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Mad Max (1979)
IMDb Rating 6.8
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Mel Gibson Mad Max
Joanne Samuel Jessie
Hugh Keays-Byrne Toecutter
Steve Bisley Jim Goose
Roger Ward Fifi Macaffee
Tim Burns Johnny the Boy
Vince Gil Nightrider
Lulu Pinkus Nightrider's Girl
Nick Lathouris Grease Rat
John Ley Charlie
Lisa Aldenhoven Nurse
David Bracks Mudguts
Bertrand Cadart Clunk
Plot
This stunning, post-apocalyptic action thriller from director George Miller stars Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a motorcycle policeman in the near future who is tired of his job. Since the apocalypse, the lengthy, desolate stretches of highway in the Australian outback have become bloodstained battlegrounds. Max has seen too many innocents and fellow officers murdered by the bomb's savage offspring, bestial marauding bikers for whom killing, rape, and looting is a way of life. He just wants to retire and spend time with his wife and son but lets his boss talk him into taking a peaceful vacation and he starts to reconsider. Then his world is shattered as a gang led by the evil Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) murders his family in retaliation for the death of one of its members. Dead inside, Max straps on his helmet and climbs into a souped-up V8 racing machine to seek his bloody revenge. Despite an obviously low budget and a plot reminiscent of many spaghetti Westerns, Mad Max is tremendously exciting, thanks to some of the most spectacular road stunts ever put on film. Cinematographer David Eggby and stunt coordinator Grant Page did some of their best work under Miller's direction and crafted a gritty, gripping thrill ride which spawned two sequels, numerous imitations, and made Mel Gibson an international star. One sequence, in which a man is chained to a car and must cut off a limb before the machine explodes is one of the most tense scenes of the decade. The American version dubbed all the voices — including Gibson's — in a particularly cartoonish manner. Trivia buffs should note that Max's car is a 1973 Ford Falcon GT Coupe with a 300 bhp 351C V8 engine, customized with the front end of a Ford Fairmont and other modifications. — Robert Firsching
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Crime; Drama; Sci-Fi
Director George Miller; George Miller (II)
Producer Byron Kennedy
Writer James McCausland; George Miller; Byron Kennedy
Studio MGM
Country Australia
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 93 mins
Movie Release Date 4/12/1979
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It No
Index 403
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/28/2005
Product Details
Edition Special Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Dual Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 027616869241
Chapters 32
Release Date 1/2/2002
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks AUSTRALIAN: Dolby Digital 5.1
AUSTRALIAN: Dolby Digital Mono
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
New-to-the-U.S.! Original Australian Language
"Mel Gibson: the Birth of a Superstar" Documentary
"Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon" Documentary
Theatrical Trailers
Audio Commentary with Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Christ Murray & Tim Ridge
"Road Rants" Trivia & Fun Fact Track
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