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1970s, Dystopian Future, Mad Max

Mad Max (1979)

Duration 1h 28m Rating (UK) X
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script James McCausland, George Miller (Story by George Miller, Byron Kennedy)
Additional Info The movie was said to have cost $300,000 some of which was contributed by the director who had worked overtime in his original profesion as a doctor. Since by 1982 it had made $100,000,000 it holds the record for investment against return.
Director George Miller
Starring Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward
Elevator Pitch In a dystopian future in Australia, the highways are used by criminals and motor cycle gangs and patrolled by heavily armed leather clad policemen, ready to take them on. When a policeman’s partner is incinerated by a gang, who cannot be brought to justice, he resigns and takes off into the outback with his wife and child, but they cannot escape the gang who run down the wife and child, and set him on the path of revenge.
Content A  lot of motoring on the byways of Australia at high speed, with some crashes and explosions. A lot of tension as we see the motor cycle gang in action with some implied rape and other violence, mostly off screen. No nudity, or sex or smoking or drinking except for the odd beer.
A View The film was dubbed into American before release, and only later was the original version shown, which is the one I saw. I found the music a bit intrusive, so maybe the cinema release  was different. And honestly, despite the fact that it was well liked and made a lot of money, today is probaby only worth watching to complete one’s personal record of the franchise, since all the others are better.

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