Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action thriller film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy, and starring Mel Gibson as "Mad" Max Rockatansky, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, and Roger Ward. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by Miller and Kennedy. Set in a future Australia, the film presents a saga of societal collapse, murder, and revenge in which an unhinged policeman becomes embroiled in a violent feud with a savage motorcycle gang. Principal photography for Mad Max took place in and around Melbourne, and lasted six weeks.
In a dystopian Australia "a few years from now", berserk motorbike gang member Crawford "Nightrider" Montazano kills a rookie officer of the Main Force Patrol (MFP) – Australia's highway patrol unit – and escapes in a Pursuit Special. He manages to elude other MFP officers but then encounters the MFP's top pursuit man, Max Rockatansky. Max breaks the Nightrider's concentration during a high-speed chase, resulting in a fiery crash which kills Nightrider.
|author||Byron Kennedy George Miller|
|editor||Cliff Hayes Tony Paterson|
|genre||action saga science fiction thriller|
|keywords||attempt to escape berserk berserker brake drum burn car wreck disillusion drum brake dystopia force gang member high speed highsider highsides highway patrol ice cream intensive care unit kill max rockatansky motorbike gang panel van police commissioner pursuit special rape victim remote farm steal supercharge supercharger ute v8 v8 engine young couple|
|productionCompany||Kennedy Miller Mitchell|
|publisher||Roadshow Film Distributors|
|theme||dystopian exploitation road movie science fiction action the future vigilante|