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Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

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In this film, based on a true story, a 19th-century Australian gold-digger is pressed into a life of crime. A six-year stint in jail doesn't provide reform but does introduce him to an Aboriginal partner-in-crime. The duo then proceed to violently terrorize the province of New South Wales.

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Cast

Dennis Hopper
as Daniel Morgan
Jack Thompson
as Detective Manwaring
Frank Thring
as Superintendent Cobham
Michael Pate
as Superintendent Winch
Wallas Eaton
as Macpherson
Bill Hunter
as Sgt. Smith
Graeme Blundell
as Italian Jack
Peter Collingwood
as Judge Barry
Max Fairchild
as Prisoner
Judith Fisher
as Mrs. Warby
David John
as John Evans
Norman Kaye
as Swagman
Christopher Pate
as Roget's Assistant
Grant Page
as Maginnity
Roger Ward
as Trooper
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Critic Reviews for Mad Dog Morgan

All Critics (2)

Philippe Mora handles the screenplay with energy and pace, his storytelling focused on Morgan and his tragic, self-destructive path

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Philippe Mora has purposely made a movie about a criminal that has very little to do with crime. Instead, Mad Dog Morgan is about how an outlaw is crafted.

Full Review… | August 15, 2005
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From the Mill Creek 20 Movie Mean Guns Collection. Mad Dog Morgan is a real rarity, which is a great shame, because Philip Mora's film has much to recommend it and deserves much better than a dodgy cropped transfer on the Mill Creek label. More a chronicle of the exploits of 'Mad Dog' Morgan, the bushranger who inspired Ned Kelly, than a conventional narrative, it's a non-judgemental portrait of an inconsistent, unpredictable man - after going to great lengths to deny he'll ever "be made a murderer," he then becomes one almost immediately when he drunkenly sets his gun off, wounding his host, and then hurrying off to kill the man that he himself has just sent after a doctor. It's very much a seventies film (in the best sense), with a sense of the violence of both the landscape and the people trying to eke a living from it, and it constantly surprises with neat little details such as the magistrate who doles out long sentences simply because there are still so many roads to build. Despite being made at the height of his drugs-and-booze lost period, Dennis Hopper gives a pretty good performance as the naïve and contradictory folk hero cum psychopath, even managing a fairly convincing Irish accent (I'm sure th Irish could find fault, but it never makes you cringe). There's an impressive supporting cast of familiar Aussie faces, not least Gulpilil as Morgan's beloved partner in crime and Frank Thring at his most superciliously unpleasant as the Superintendent: few actors could seem more natural when he and his social circle start casually divvying up Morgan's body parts in the final scene (the head for an anthropologist, the scrotum for the Superintendent's new tobacco pouch). Although not overly graphic, it's still fairly strong meat. 3 stars 2-3-14

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Mad Dog Morgan would have been unwatchable had Dennis Hopper not been involved. He makes this movie interesting, scratch that! He makes the movie, period. The thing that got me with the film was that it is very uneven, I don't know if it was the copy I have but the editing in the movie is terrible. The film showcases Hopper at a crazy moment in his life, where he was at his artistic peak as an actor, and fueled by alcohol and drugs he had all but become an outcast in Hollywood, and despite all this he gives one of his most memorable performances.

Jason Reneau
Jason Reneau

Super Reviewer

½

Mad Dog Morgan is a real rarity, which is a great shame, because Philip Mora's film has much to recommend it and deserves much better than a dodgy cropped transfer on the Troma label. More a chronicle of the exploits of 'Mad Dog' Morgan, the bushranger who inspired Ned Kelly, than a conventional narrative, it's a non-judgemental portrait of an inconsistent, unpredictable man ? after going to great lengths to deny he'll ever "be made a murderer," he then becomes one almost immediately when he drunkenly sets his gun off, wounding his host, and then hurrying off to kill the man that he himself has just sent after a doctor. It's very much a seventies film (in the best sense), with a sense of the violence of both the landscape and the people trying to eke a living from it, and it constantly surprises with neat little details such as the magistrate who doles out long sentences simply because there are still so many roads to build. Despite being made at the height of his drugs-and-booze lost period, Dennis Hopper gives a pretty good performance as the naïve and contradictory folk hero cum psychopath, even managing a fairly convincing Irish accent (I'm sure th Irish could find fault, but it never makes you cringe). There's an impressive supporting cast of familiar Aussie faces, not least Gulpilil as Morgan's beloved partner in crime and Frank Thring at his most superciliously unpleasant as the Superintendent: few actors could seem more natural when he and his social circle start casually divvying up Morgan's body parts in the final scene (the head for an anthropologist, the scrotum for the Superintendent's new tobacco pouch). Although not overly graphic, it's still fairly strong meat.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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