Mad Max

American International Released 1979




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George Miller (II)

Mad Max chronicles a dystopian society where law and order have broken down. Ruling the landscape are competing motorcycle gangs that maraud across the countryside raping, stealing, and killing. Trying to stop them is the Main Force Patrol's best pursuer, "Mad" Max Rockatansky. Early in the film, he pursues Berserk gang member Crawford "Nightrider" Montizano until he crashes his motorcycle and dies. Nightrider's gang is not pleased that Max caused his death setting off a chain reaction of violence. The gang seeks vengeance by killing Max's best friend, wife, and baby. With nothing left to live for, Max decides to take the law into his own hands. He delivers vigilante justice without need for arrests or trials while sinking into a moral abyss.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    TV Guide Magazine

    Though the plot is that of a simple revenge western, director George Miller infuses the film with a kinetic combination of visual style, amazing stunt work, creative costume design...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's pretty much assumed throughout art and literature that the collapse of civilization will result in the rise of barbarism. That assumption underlies Mad Max, where the strong p...

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    One does not expect to find references to Bertolucci in a action movie distributed by American International, but Mad Max is no ordinary action movie: it's a B-movie classic on the...

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    • Production Budget - $650,000
      Domestic Gross - $8,800,000 (47th)
      Worldwide Gross - $100,000,000 (6th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $28,608,765
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $325,099,602

    • Taglines
      1. He rules the roads.
      2. The Maximum Force of the Future.
      3. The last law in a world gone out of control. Pray that he's out there somewhere.
      4. When the gangs take over the highway... ...Remember he's on your side.
      5. The Film That Started It All

    • Filming locations include:
      Geelong, Victoria, Australia
      Breamlea, Victoria, Australia
      Clunes, Victoria, Australia
      Lorne, Victoria, Australia
      Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
      Sunbury, Victoria, Australia
      Laverton, Victoria, Australia
      Little River, Victoria, Australia
      Wallan, Victoria, Australia
      Seaford, Victoria, Australia
      Spotswood, Victoria, Australia
      Kew, Victoria, Australia
      Victoria, Australia
      Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    • Other Production Companies:
      Roadshow Entertainment
      (AU distributor)
      Columbia-EMI-Warner (UK distributor)


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