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Tiger1242
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Can we discuss the original Mad Max (1979)
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Full disclosure this movie came out almost 10 years before I was born


But wow am I surprised this movie was so popular. There’s no plot, no characters development, half the movie is just shots of cars/motorcycles driving with music playing. It’s sad when his kid and wife die but I mean you don’t even really know them, saddest part is the cop burning.

Then when he goes on his rampage it’s so anti-climatic. I mean how dumb is he to get out of his car and walk up to the guy in the field who’s clearly setting a trap (almost as dumb as his wife running literally in the middle of the street). Then the big bad guy dies because he runs into a truck? Lame.

Also if the old lady and wife had just slit the motorcycle tires when they locked them all in the shed then called the cops, boom movie over.


IMO it’s the worst of the Mad Max’s, (Max Max beyond Thunderdome is the first one I ever saw)


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re: Can we discuss the original Mad Max (1979)
It’s a pretty terrible movie


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re: Can we discuss the original Mad Max (1979)
Sorry, man...fat fingered a down vote. Very much agree with you. It’s amazing how underwhelming the original is, and even more amazing that it spawned the sequels that it did. Shows you how charismatic a young Mel Gibson was.


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re: Can we discuss the original Mad Max (1979)
Yeah I don’t disagree with this at all.


Also, this should be added to the what movie would you show someone from 100 years ago thread


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half the movie is just shots of cars/motorcycles driving with music playing.


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I surprised this movie was so popular.




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the original Mad Max (1979)


Least liked of the Gibson Mad Max movies.


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I was a little kid when this one first popped up on a brand new channel called HBO, and I loved it. Sure its a flawed movie made by newcomers but it was such a cool idea and universe. It was made during the gas crisis for very little money, and they did a great job considering.


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I just want to add that the original was a "B Movie" shown in drive-in theatres. The same theatres where films like Vanishing Point and the original Gone In 60 Seconds played. I saw all three at the Do on Metairie Road. This was its audience and it was never intended to be Citizen Kane.

It wasn't that it was a great movie at all but that it was a lot of fun. I'll admit it's my least favorite of the Mad Max films but without it we wouldn't have had Road Warrior and without Road Warrior we wouldn't have had Beyond Thunderdome which ultimately led to Fury Road.



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There’s no plot, no characters development, half the movie is just shots of cars/motorcycles driving with music playing.


So it was a Mad Max film...


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It's set in a bleak post-apocalyptic world where death could be waiting around the next corner. Resources are scarce, scratching and scrounging out a subsistence living is the new way of life for people. Meanwhile predators lurk everywhere and authorities are virtually powerless to stop them. It created an entirely new genre of dystopian future movies but I could see how the slow dread of waiting for relentless death to catch up with the protagonist might be a little boring to a younger generation. It's not of your time and place.


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Cool cars and the Toe Cutter !!


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Tiger1242
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re: Can we discuss the original Mad Max (1979)
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It's set in a bleak post-apocalyptic world where death could be waiting around the next corner. Resources are scarce, scratching and scrounging out a subsistence living is the new way of life for people.

Well that’s not really true for the first movie


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Care to guess what year the movie was at in???



2021. So tighten up your chinstraps.


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Lol what a bunch of fart sniffers in this thread. It was a low budget b movie that was shown in drive in theaters during the early 70s. Let me repeat that LOW BUDGET B-MOVIE directed by amateurs and screened across drive ins and grindhouse theaters. If you compare this film to it’s contemporaries of the time it is far and away leagues better than the car chase b movies that were being pumped out by the dozens in the early 70s. Once again the movie was made on a shoestring budget, and more than exceeded the expectations based on its budget. Once George Miller got a big enough budget he was able to fully realize his vision in The Road Warrior. The reason the original is revered is the same reason the original Evil Dead is revered - it showed that even if you have no money but a lot of heart and determination, a successful movie can be made.


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Well that’s not really true for the first movie


Lol, really? Look up descriptions for Mad Max. Almost all of them are similar to what I wrote. Dystopic, post-apocalyptic, wasteland, bleak, etc. What I wrote was accurate.


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Lol, really? Look up descriptions for Mad Max. Almost all of them are similar to what I wrote. Dystopic, post-apocalyptic, wasteland, bleak, etc. What I wrote was accurate.


It looks like Australia grassland, and looks nothing like road warrior or thunder dome. The family takes a vacation, stops at businesses. There is still a government that enforces the law. Our idea of post-apocalyptic isn't really visually present in the first movie.


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It looks like Australia grassland, and looks nothing like road warrior or thunder dome. The family takes a vacation, stops at businesses. There is still a government that enforces the law. Our idea of post-apocalyptic isn't really visually present in the first movie.


Your complaint is there's grass in a world that is collapsing into dystopia? What is "our idea" of post-apocalyptic? We're talking about George Miller's idea of post-apocalyptic. You know, the guy who invented the genre with this movie.

Here's some quick notes from IMDB:

In a self-destructing world...

Taking place in a dystopian Australia in the near future, Mad Max tells the story of a highway patrolman cruising the squalid back roads that have become the breeding ground of criminals foraging for gasoline and scraps. After some grisly events at the hands of a motorcycle gang, Max sets out across the barren wastelands in search of revenge.

Against the backdrop of a perpetual energy crisis in a post-apocalyptic Australia of the near future, only fragments of law, civilisation, and order remain, as the Night Rider's marauding motorcycle gang of brutal outlaws terrorise the remaining outback communities.

In a dystopic future Australia...

The film is set in the near future of a bleak, dystopian and impoverished Australia that is facing a breakdown of civil order primarily due to widespread oil shortages.


Tiger1242
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Lol, really? Look up descriptions for Mad Max. Almost all of them are similar to what I wrote. Dystopic, post-apocalyptic, wasteland, bleak, etc. What I wrote was accurate.

Look the descriptions can say what they want I just watched the movie last night.

Other than the beginning saying “in the near distant future” and the motorcycle gang clearly not caring about the law and stealing gas, there is nothing else to really suggest it’s “post apocalyptic”.
They live in houses, there are restaurants, law enforcement, farms, businesses etc... it’s clearly a small town but I don’t think anyone watches that movie and thinks “post apocalypse”


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Look the descriptions can say what they want I just watched the movie last night. Other than the beginning saying “in the near distant future” and the motorcycle gang clearly not caring about the law and stealing gas, there is nothing else to really suggest it’s “post apocalyptic”. They live in houses, there are restaurants, law enforcement, farms, businesses etc... it’s clearly a small town but I don’t think anyone watches that movie and thinks “post apocalypse”


Take your objections up with George Miller. I'm sure he'll agree with your complaint that the first movie in his dystopian Mad Max series doesn't look like the other movies in his dystopian Mad Max series.


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Jay Are
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re: Can we discuss the original Mad Max (1979)
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Your complaint is there's grass in a world that is collapsing into dystopia? What is "our idea" of post-apocalyptic? We're talking about George Miller's idea of post-apocalyptic. You know, the guy who invented the genre with this movie.


I didn't make a complaint. I'm saying that it looks like every other Australian b movie that came out of that late 70s wave. Miller didn't invent an aesthetic with this movie. He used one currently in-use, through exposition let the audience know that the setting was a rough future, and then proceeded to totally reinvent the mad Max world when he was given a budget.

I don't know why you sound so angry.


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