Friday, March 1, 2013

Mad Max

1979 Dystopian Action Film

Director: George Miller

Writer: George Miller, Byron Kennedy & James McCausland

Cinematography: David Eggby

Running time: 93 minutes

Country: Australia

Tagline: He rules the roads.

Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky
Joanne Samuel as Jessie Rockatansky
Hugh Keays-Byrne as Toecutter
Steve Bisley as Jim "Goose"
Tim Burns as Johnny the Boy
Geoff Parry as Bubba Zanetti
Roger Ward as "Fifi" Macaffee
David Bracks as Mudguts
Bertrand Cadart as Clunk
Stephen Clark as Sarse
Brendan Heath as Sprog Rockatansky
Mathew Constantine as Toddler
Jerry Day as Ziggy
Howard Eynon as Diabando
Max Fairchild as Benno
John Farndale as Grinner
Sheila Florence as May Swaisey
Nic Gazzana as Starbuck
Paul Johnstone as Cundalini
Vincent Gil as The Nightrider
Steve Millichamp as "Roop"
John Ley as "Charlie"
George Novak as "Scuttle"
Reg Evans as the station master
Nico Lathouris as Car mechanic

A vengeful Australian policeman sets out to avenge his partner, his wife and his son whom were murdered by a motorcycle gang in retaliation for the death of their leader.

  1. AFI Award-Best Achievement in Editing-Tony Paterson & Cliff Hayes- Australian Film Institute
  2. AFI Award-Best Achievement in Sound-Gary Wilkins, Byron Kennedy, Roger Savage & Ned Dawson-Australian Film Institute 
  3. AFI Award-Best Original Music Score-Brian May-Australian Film Institute 
  4. Special Jury Award-George Miller-Australian Film Institute


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. 



4 star out of 5 stars

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