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Mad Max

HD   R Closed Captioning

George Miller

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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90%
  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 53
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [The] film has been consigned to the grind houses, where audiences are responding as Miller wants them to. From there Mad Max will find its way to the film schools and revival houses, where its tough-gutted intelligence may be appreciated. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, May 11, 2015

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. – Variety Staff, Variety, May 11, 2015

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. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jun 10, 2008

Fresh: Some of the most determinedly formalist filmmaking this side of Michael Snow. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A True Low-Budget Action Classic

Sure, the sound dubbing is horrendous, but Mad Max stands alone in the post-apocalyptic action movie genre. It's the kind of movie that Quentin Tarantino should have referenced to make a true Grindhouse movie. This movie will continue to be referred to for a long time to come.

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.

This movie is bad

In a good way. This movie will blow your mind it is so awesome and a sweet movie for people who like action or people who just like insanely cool movies

Mad Max
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1980

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