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In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious violent biker gang murder nicknamed the Nightrider, a cop's family and make his fight with them personal. He escapes from police custody by killing an officer and stealing his vehicle. Max pursues the Nightrider in a high-speed chase, which results in the Nightrider's death by fiery explosion. Following the dangerous chase, which resulted in injuries for a number of officers, the police chief warns Max who thinks nothing of it at the time that now the bandits are out for him because of the death of the Nightrider. The biker gang, which is led by the Toecutter plans to avenge Nightrider's death by killing MFP officers. Toecutter's young protege, the biker Johnny the Boy, sets a trap for Max's close friend and fellow officer, Jim Goose. When Goose's vehicle is flipped over, the bikers burn him alive in retaliation for the Nightrider's death.
The Maximum Force of the Future.
Title: Mad Max
Release Date: May 09, 1980
Runtime: 88 mins
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.9
Buried.com Rating: 7.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M
MPAA Rating: R
Mel Gibson ...Max
Joanne Samuel ...Jessie
Hugh Keays Byrne ...Toecutter
Steve Bisley ...Jim Goose
Tim Burns ...Johnny the Boy
Roger Ward ...Fifi
Lisa Aldenhoven ...Nurse
David Bracks ...Mudguts
Bertrand Cadart ...Clunk
David Cameron ...Underground Mechanic
Robina Chaffey ...Singer
Stephen Clark ...Sarse
Mathew Constantine ...Toddler
Jerry Day ...Ziggy
Reg Evans ...Station Master
Howard Eynon ...Diabando
Max Fairchild ...Benno
John Farndale ...Grinner
Peter Felmingham ...Senior Doctor
Sheila Florance ...May Swaisey (as Sheila Florence)
Nic Gazzana ...Starbuck
Hunter Gibb ...Lair
Vincent Gil ...Nightrider (as Vince Gil)
Andrew Gilmore ...Silvertongue
Jonathan Hardy ...Labatouche (as Jonathon Hardy)
Brendan Heath ...Sprog
Paul Johnstone ...Cundalini
Nick Lathouris ...Grease Rat
John Ley ...Charlie
Steve Millichamp ...Roop
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Mad Max Horror Film Trailer 1
More Movie Taglines:
- The Maximum Force of the Future.
- The last law in a world gone out of control. Pray that he's out there somewhere.
- When the gangs take over the highway... ...Remember he's on your side.
- The Film That Started It All
- Fifi: They say people don't believe in heroes anymore. Well damn them! You and me, Max, we're gonna give them back their heroes! Max: Ah, Fif. Do you really expect me to go for that crap? Fifi: You gotta admit I sounded good there for a minute, huh?
[Max hands Fifi his letter of resignation] Fifi: What's this? Max: I'm through. Fifi: Again? Max: No, not again. I'm through. I'm quitting. Fifi: Sit down. Max: I didn't come here to dicuss it, I came here to say it. I'm through. Fifi: Now just a minute! Alright, so the Goose bought it, but that's the way he always came in the world... Max: -Off beat!
Max: I'm scared, Fif. It's that rat circus out there, I'm beginning to enjoy it. Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys.
Roop: That scag and his floozie, they're gonna die!
[the Kid is handcuffed to a car that's about to explode] Max: The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go. [the hacksaw is dropped next to The Kid, and Max limps off]
- Director George Miller was inspired by A Boy and His Dog (1975).
Mel Gibson didn't go to the audition for this film to read for a part, he actually went along with a friend who was auditioning. But because he had been in a bar fight the night before and his head looked like "a black and blue pumpkin" (his words), he was told he could come back and audition in three week's time because "we need freaks!". He did return in three weeks' time, wasn't recognized (because his injuries had healed well), and was asked to read for a part.
The car that Max drives (the "last of the V8 interceptors") is a production car, the Ford "XB Falcon Coupe", sold in Australia from December 1973 until August 1976. The car in the film had a standard 351 cubic inch (5.75 litre) V8 motor.
Only two original Interceptors were used in the Mad Max movies. The one that was used in the first film was modified and reused in all of the interior and close up car shots in Mad Max 2: the Road Warrior. After filming was over, this Interceptor was bought and restored by Bob Forsenko and is currently on display in the "Cars of the Stars Motor Museum" in England. Another car was built for the chase scenes in the second movie but that one was destroyed when the script required it to be pushed off the road and blown up. The wreckage used to be viewable at Broken Hill, Australia but due to thefts it can't be found there any longer. The Planet Hollywood Interceptor is a replica and was never used in any of the films.
The stolen interceptor driven by the Nightrider in the opening scenes is another production vehicle; it is a "HQ Holden Monaro", which was sold in Australia in the early 70's with a variety of motors including large capacity V8's. Also, the other police vehicles in the movie were sedan versions of the XB, although one was the previous model "XA". They also had 351 cubic inch motors and are a common car on Australian roads.
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