flick starring Mel Gibson
as a hardened, post-apocalyptic Road Warrior
endlessly searching for resources, especially gasoline
. This movie was made dirt-cheap, and was a surprise world-wide hit. Mel worked for a mere $15,000 on this film. It spawned two sequels: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
/ The Road Warrior
(1981), and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
This movie, set in an Australian dystopia of the future, features Mel Gibson as police officer "Mad" Max Rockatansky who ends up fighting with vicious biker gangs. The bikers kill his partner and put the lives of his wife and child in danger. Hugh Keays-Byrne is impressive as Toecutter.
The movie was 91 minutes long in Australia, 100 in the UK and 88 in the US. It was 93 in Sweden but got banned there! In the U.S. edition, the actors' Australian accents have been dubbed out and badly replaced with American ones.