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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. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

  • Release date:December 10, 1979


Mel Gibson
as Max Rockatansky
Joanne Samuel
as Jessie
Hugh Keays-Byrne
as Toecutter
Steve Bisley
as Jim Goose
Roger Ward
as Fifi Macaffee
Vince Gil
as Nightrider
Lulu Pinkus
as Nightrider's Girl
John Ley
as Charlie
Sheila Florance
as May Swaisey
Max Fairchild
as Benno
George Novak
as Scuttle
Clive Hearne
David Bracks
as Mudguts
David Cameron
as Underground Mechanic
Phil Motherwell
as Junior Doctor
Reg Evans
as Station Master
Geoff Parry
as Bubba Zanetti
Jonathan Hardy
as Labatoche
Tom Broadbridge


George Miller
Byron Kennedy
George Miller
David Eggby
Brian May
Composer (Music Score)
Clifford Hayes
Tony Paterson
Jon Dowding
Art Director
Bill Miller
Associate Producer
Clare Griffin
Costume Designer
Grant Page
Grant Page
Stunts Coordinator