Mad Max [1979]

Mad Max (1979)

Action, Adventure, Thriller [USA:R, 1 h 33 min]
Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
Director: George Miller

IMDb rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7.0/10 (112,918 votes)

In an Australian dystopia of decaying order and violent highways, a police pursuit driver is drawn into a path of vengeance after a motorcycle gang targets him for the death of their former leader. In the U.S. the Aussie accents were dubbed over. The sequel to _Mad Max_ was originally titled _The Road Warrior_ but is now known as _Mad Max 2_. (IMDb)

Critical reception:

Upon its release, the film polarised critics. In a 1979 review, the Australian social commentator and film producer Phillip Adams condemned Mad Max, saying that it had "all the emotional uplift of Mein Kampf" and would be "a special favourite of rapists, sadists, child murderers and incipient [Charles] Mansons". After its United States release, Tom Buckley of The New York Times called the film "ugly and incoherent". However, Variety magazine praised the directorial debut by Miller. In 2004, The New York Times placed the film on its Best 1000 Movies Ever list. (Wikipedia)

Awards: 4 wins and 10 nominations

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