Mad Max (1979)



Critic Consensus: Staging the improbable car stunts and crashes to perfection, director George Miller succeeds completely in bringing the violent, post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max to visceral life.

Movie Info

This stunning, post-apocalyptic action thriller from director George Miller stars Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a policeman in the near future who is tired of his job. Since the apocalypse, the lengthy, desolate stretches of highway in the Australian outback have become bloodstained battlegrounds. Max has seen too many innocents and fellow officers murdered by the bomb's savage offspring, bestial marauding bikers for whom killing, rape, and looting is a way of life. He just wants to retire and … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: James McCausland, George Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 19, 1997


as Mad Max Rockatansky

as Jessie

as Johnny the Boy

as Toecutter

as Jim Goose

as Fifi Macaffee

as Nightrider

as Nightrider

as Bubba Zanetti

as Cundalini

as Charlie

as Labatoche

as May Swaisey

as May Swaisey

as Station Master

as Diabando

as Ziggy

as Senior Doctor

as Junior Doctor

as TV Newsreader

as Starbuck

as Underground Mechanic

as Mudguts

as Nightrider's Girl

as Scuttle

as Grease Rat

as Silvertongue

as TV Newsreader

as People's Overseer

as Girl in Chevy
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Critic Reviews for Mad Max

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (6)

[The] film has been consigned to the grind houses, where audiences are responding as Miller wants them to. From there Mad Max will find its way to the film schools and revival houses, where its tough-gutted intelligence may be appreciated.

Full Review… | May 11, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An action masterpiece...

Full Review… | June 17, 2015
Cinema Crazed

No imitation can compete with the grindhouse jaggedness of Miller's original pursuit

Full Review… | May 17, 2015

Its perhaps unjustified narrative shortcuts hardly seem to be much worth complaining about in the middle of its flawless action sequences.

Full Review… | May 17, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

Manages not to waste a single frame of film even as it wastes countless motorcycles, trailers, automobiles and other vehicles across the bad roads of rural Australia.

Full Review… | May 15, 2015
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If you haven't seen writer-director George Miller's Mad Max in quite some time, then it's very likely you're not even remembering it right.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Mad Max


Mad Max is decent cult action, full of great stunts and car crashes that make the best of a very low budget, although the story takes a bit too long to speed up, making the entire beginning a little dragged and reaching its narrative core with only fifteen minutes left to end.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Whole lotta dirt and rubber and bikes and bad accents and sawn-off shotguns and boy i bet the odor this movie made is unmatched.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

George Miller's Mad Max is brilliant in its action-sequences and overall thrills. Though there are some slight malfunctions in its transitions, this film is still far ahead of its time for being a dystopian action thriller in the latter part of the 1970s. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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