Mad Max

1979

George Miller
Director
American International Pictures
US Distributor
Kennedy Miller Productions
Production Company

Highway cop goes rogue and seeks revenge after a biker gang kills his best friend, wife and son.

Simple plot for one of the best Ozploitation movies, and a film that spawned a franchise that in turn created a genre of its own with the next entry. Gibson is a bit callow, but at the end he is quite believable as someone who has gone dead inside. Keays-Byrne is excellent, soft-spoken and spitting, and his biker gang is actually perverted and menacing, unlike the macho cartoons that populated most American biker films.

Followed by Mad Max 2 (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and, three decades later by the best one yet, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Note: the end credits list most of the cast in alphabetical order. In the interest of clarity, and because some of the role names are a bit obscure (some actors are listed without role atrribution), I have listed them in order of appearance. If anyone with better knowledge of Aussie film and TV can help out, I would most appreciate it!

Note 2: When I intially did this entry in July 2015, the IMDb entrry did not list role attributions for any of the monir characters. Since then it has been updated, either by someone with access to film records, or from cribbing off of here. Given the role titles are exactly the same as mine, I assume the latter. Nice to have my hard work recognized, even if anonymously. :P

-Dave W.



12th April 1979
Cinema


88 mins
2.35:1


15th February 1980
Cinema



88 mins
2.35:1


21st July 1998
DVD



93 mins
2.35:1

Mad Max (Special Edition)
1st January 2002
DVD



94 mins
2.35:1


1st June 2006
DVD



88 mins
2.35:1




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Mel Gibson
Max Rockatansky
Joanne Samuel
Jessie Rockatansky
Roger Ward
Captain Fred 'Fifi' Macaffee
Steve Bisley
Jim Goose
Tim Burns
Johnny the Boy
Hugh Keays-Byrne
Toecutter
Unknown
Pashing Couple
Steve Millichamp
Roop
John Ley
Charlie
Stephen Clark
Sarse
George Novak
Scuttle
Vincent Gil
Nightrider (Crawford Monitzano)
(as Vince Gil)
Lulu Pinkus
Nightrider's Girl
(called 'Lobotomy Eyes' on BFI Database)
Paul Young
Tow Truck Driver in Diner
Tom Broadbridge
Fat Nancy's Patron
Clive Hearne
Tow Truck Driver in Diner
Telford Jackson
Tow Truck Driver in Diner
Vernon Weaver
Fat Nancy's Patron
Joan Letch
Fat Nancy's Waitress
James McCausland
Fat Nancy's Cook
(uncredited - screenwriter's cameo)
Unknown
Fat Nancy's Waitress
Peter Ford
Arguing Couple
Christine Kaman
Arguing Couple
(as Kristine Kaman)
Mathew Constantine
Toddler
Peter Culpan
Caravan Driver
Di Trelour
Caravan Driver's Wife
Unknown
Flagman
Brendan Heath
Sprog Rockatansky
Neil Thompson
TV Newsreader
David Cameron
Barry, Underground Mechanic
Jonathan Hardy
Commissioner Labatouche
(as Jonathon Hardy)
Geoff Parry
Bubba Zanetti
David Bracks
Mudguts
Paul Johnstone
Cundalini
Howard Eynon
Diabando
(spelled Daibando on call sheets)
Nic Gazzana
Starbuck
Bertrand Cadart
Clunk
Hunter Gibb
Lair
Kim Sullivan
Girl in Chevvy [sic]
Reg Evans
Clunes Station Master
Kerry Miller
Gumchewer
John Farndale
Grinner
(not 100% certain)
Dale Bensch
Biker Spinning Donut in Clunes
David Bracks
Kid Being Dragged
Unknown
Girl in Bubble Trike
Unknown
Guy with Bubble Trike
Brendan Young
Kid Asking Bubba About Car
Andrew Gilmour
Silvertongue
(as Andrew Gilmore)
Gil Tucker
People's Observer
Michael Ryan
Biker on Beach
(uncredited)
Terry Gibson
Biker on Beach
(uncredited)
Dale Bensch
Biker on Beach
<(uncredited)
Lisa Dombroski
Moll on Beach
(uncredited)
Katy Brinson
Moll on Beach
(uncredited)
Amanda Muggleton
Moll on Beach
(uncredited)
Robina Chaffey
Sugartown Cabaret Singer
Creenagh St. Clair
Voice: Sugartown Cabaret Singer
(uncredited)
Gerry Gauslaa
Goose's Cycle Crash
Billy Tisdall
Midge
John Arnold
Man Selling Dog
Nick Lathouris
Grease Rat
Jerry Day
Ziggy
Sheila Florance
May Swaisey
(as Sheila Florence)
Max Fairchild
Benno
Phil Motherwell
Junior Doctor
Peter Felmingham
Senior Doctor
Lisa Aldenhoven
Nurse
Chris Anderson
Kirk's Bridge Crash
Dale Bensch
Kirk's Bridge Crash
(as Starbuck)
Michael Daniels
Kirk's Bridge Crash
(as Diabando)
Andrew Jones
Corpse in Boots
Janine Ogden
Undetermined Role
Chris Anderson
Stunt Team
Dale Bensch
Stunt Team
David Bracks
Stunt Team
Phil Brock
Stunt Team
Michael Daniels
Stunt Team
Gerry Gauslaa
Stunt Team
Terry Gibson
Stunt Team
George Novak
Stunt Team
(rolled March Hare)
Grant Page
Stunt Coordinator / Stunt Team
(drove Big Bopper Through Caravan)

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