Mad Max

  • 18
  • George Miller (2) (1979)
  • Aus
  • 88 min
Mad Max
Film Review
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5 out of 5

Despite its low budget, this landmark classic is a highly inventive, violent action picture that became an international hit, made a star of Mel Gibson and spawned two sequels. Perhaps the reason it cost so little was that Gibson was being paid by the word, since he, like the rest of the cast, hardly utters a syllable. But what this vigilante fantasy lacks in repartee it makes up for in rip-roaring spectacle, marvellous chase sequences, terrific stunts and natty costumes that set an early standard for grunge chic. Gibson is at his mean and moody best as a heroic cop, one of the few who are left trying to hold together a disintegrating society in a bleak and desolate future. In his debut feature, director George Miller exhibits a striking visual style, particularly with his use of fender-level cameras that help crank up the excitement.

Plot Summary

Action adventure starring Mel Gibson. In Australia in the near future, urban society is in terminal decay. Spurred on by tragedy, policeman Max Rockatansky decides to enforce a new kind of law - that of cold-blooded revenge.

Cast and crew

Cast

Max Rockatansky
Mel Gibson
Jessie
Joanne Samuel
Toecutter
Hugh Keays-Byrne
Jim Goose
Steve Bisley
Johnny the Boy
Tim Burns (1)
Fifi Macaffee
Roger Ward
Nightrider
Vince Gil
Bubba Zanetti
Geoff Parry
Cundalini
Paul Johnstone
Charlie
John Ley
Mudguts
David Bracks

Crew

Director
George Miller (2)

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
May be edited for violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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