Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Vince Gil
1979, 90 Minutes, Directed by: George Miller
Max (Mel Gibson) is a policeman, the last guardian of civilization and
order in a devastated world reduced to chaos. But when a leather-clad gang
of sadomasochistic speed demons mows down Max's family, his remaining
connections to humanity are also permanently severed. —
Low budget post-apocalypse cult
action movie in which crazed outlaw bikers roam a devastated Australia with only a few law
enforcers in souped-up V8s to stop them.
A much younger Mel Gibson
in an early role stars as Mad Max. (In fact the film was re-dubbed with
American voices when the film was first released in the States!) There's
some amazing stunts (despite the small budget) as renegade law enforcer Max
avenges his wife and child's murder by such a gang.
Followed by two sequels (Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome),
this film spawned countless imitators - amongst them the enormously expensive Waterworld.
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