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This stunning, post-apocalyptic action thriller from director George Miller stars Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 43
- Fresh: 41
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Stunts themselves would be nothing without a filmmaker behind the camera and George Miller, a doctor and film buff making his first feature, shows he knows what cinema is all about.
Fresh: Overnight, Mad Max went from being a U.S. cult hero to a mainstream figure, and Mel Gibson's place in the firmament was secured.
Fresh: Some of the most determinedly formalist filmmaking this side of Michael Snow.
Fresh: Simple, but effective.
It's the original Australian dialogue... hurrah!
The description was ambiguous about whether this was the original Australian dialogue or the redubbed American version. I took a gamble and was rewarded to hear Australian accents throughout the film. What a great low-budget movie. Can't wait for The Road Warrior to hit iTunes... B)
Good, but mainly back story
This is a great movie, and having it in the original sound track (not dubbed for American audiences) is a big plus. I believe this is a lead in for one of the greatest movies ever. Mad Max 2, otherwise known as The Road Warrior. You can see the genius of the direction and editing. The story is basic revenge ala "Death wish" but Max is too skilled to die. The action scenes are well done and the road scenes set a standard that have been hard to match without looking over the top. If you haven't seen this its worth the download, especially if you liked Road Warrior.
You would have to be MAD not to buy
This is one of the best movies I have ever seen ,it was a very big iinfluence when it came out it broke the mold for what was thought of as an action movie back then and since then it has had a big cult following for its gritty look at the future and how lawlessness has broken people down into wild animals making one man go over the edge into insanity to end the madness.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1980
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