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Mad Max (1979) - George Miller

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Mad Max is an Australian apocalyptic science fiction film starring Mel Gibson. Released in 1979, Australia, it was directed by George Miller, and written by Miller, James McCausland, and Byron Kennedy, who produced the film. It was released in May, 1980 in the U.S., and even later in Europe. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Max [Dec 2005]

The Road Warrior is already a classic, sans condescending genre distinctions like "sci-fi" or "action." But the story of Mel Gibson's stately antihero begins in Mad Max, George Miller's low-budget debut in which Max is a "Bronze" (cop) in an unspecified postapocalyptic future with a buddy-partner and family. But unlike most films set in the devastated future, Mad Max is especially notable because it is poised between our industrialized world and total regression to medieval conditions. The scale tips towards disintegration when the Glory Riders burn into town on their bikes like an overamped cadre of Brando's Wild Ones. Representing the active chaos that will eventually overwhelm the dying vestiges of civil society, they take everything dear to Max, who will exact due revenge. His flight into the same wilds that created the villains artfully sets up the morally ambiguous character of the subsequent films. --Alan E. Rapp for Amazon.com

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