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Story

The Road Warrior is already a classic, sans condescending genre distinctions like "sci-fi" or "action." But the story of Mel Gibson's stately antihero begins in Mad Max, George Miller's low-budget debut in which Max is a "Bronze" (cop) in an unspecified postapocalyptic future with a buddy-partner and family. But unlike most films set in the devastated future, Mad Max is especially notable because it is poised between our industrialized world and total regression to medieval conditions. The scale tips towards disintegration when the Glory Riders burn into town on their bikes like an overamped cadre of Brando's Wild Ones. Representing the active chaos that will eventually overwhelm the dying vestiges of civil society, they take everything dear to Max, who will exact due revenge. His flight into the same wilds that created the villains artfully sets up the morally ambiguous character of the subsequent films. --Alan E. Rapp

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Mel GibsonMad Max Rockatansky
Joanne SamuelJessie
Hugh Keays-ByrneToecutter
Steve BisleyJim Goose
Tim BurnsJohnny the Boy
Roger WardFifi
Lisa AldenhovenNurse
David BracksMudguts
Bertrand CadartClunk
David CameronUnderground Mechanic
Robina ChaffeySinger
Stephen ClarkSarse
Mathew ConstantineToddler
Jerry DayZiggy
Reg EvansStation Master

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: George Miller (II)
  • Producer: Image
  • Length: 93 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 9, 1980
    EuropeDec 10, 1979
    AustraliaApr 12, 1979
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 5, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 21, 1998
    EuropeJun 1, 2006
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