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re: Can we discuss the original Mad Max (1979)
I watched it recently for the first time on TV so maybe there were things cut out. But at least a couple times there were big jumps in the plot that I didn't understand wtf had happened. Like the bad motorcycle gang chased some couple down and then like the very next scene the guy in that couple is now a psycho bad guy they've possessed I guess who's killing cops and shite.
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I watched it recently for the first time on TV so maybe there were things cut out. But at least a couple times there were big jumps in the plot that I didn't understand wtf had happened. Like the bad motorcycle gang chased some couple down and then like the very next scene the guy in that couple is now a psycho bad guy they've possessed I guess who's killing cops and shite.


Yea there’s a lot of stuff like that where it never gets explained. That’s typical of the era though. Even great movies from that era like Logan’s Run do stuff like that where the story jumps way forward with no explanation


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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.

yeah i grew up thinking the road warrior and thunderdome were the entire aesthetic and then saw the original a bit older and was like "huh...ok"


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Right? I think that is what through me. It’s just a totally different world than the other movies


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Let me repeat that LOW BUDGET B-MOVIE directed by amateurs and screened across drive ins and grindhouse theaters


In today's world, the movie was shot for 1 million dollars accounting for inflation.

For reference Open Water (2003) was shot for $700,000 in today's money and that movie is just two people bobbing in the water with a camcorder.

So for the budget, what Mad Max was able to accomplish is pretty outstanding.
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Right? I think that is what through me. It’s just a totally different world than the other movies

I think the implication is that Max drives further into the “wasteland” which is where he catches up with Johnny the Boy.


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I think the implication is that Max drives further into the “wasteland” which is where he catches up with Johnny the Boy.

I think that’s the implication with hindsight.

If you watched that movie with no knowledge of the sequels you’d probably think “wtf??? It just ended”


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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.


This is pretty much all that needs to be said here folks. It is not how good the movie is compared to big budget classics, its that it exists at all and is as good as it was with its budget.


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I always interpreted it as Australia got lucky- In 1979, who would want to nuke Australia? They didnt have any nuclear weapons. The US wouldnt nuke them. Russia shouldn't need to nuke them. But they would be one of the only ones left with little outside resources. Just them on the island.


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I always interpreted it as Australia got lucky- In 1979, who would want to nuke Australia? They didnt have any nuclear weapons. The US wouldnt nuke them. Russia shouldn't need to nuke them. But they would be one of the only ones left with little outside resources. Just them on the island


This totally makes sense, but it isn't present in the movie at all, which is fine. I think Miller set out to make a cool exploitation flick, and he more than succeeded. Without an effects/production drsign/costume budget, all of the post apocalyptic stuff would have been delivered via expository dialogue or voice over or a text scrawl of some kind. Every one of those things would have been a total drag on the movie. Fast-paced b movies don't need complications that call attention to other deficiencies. Whether it successfully builds out its post-apocalyptic world or not doesn't really matter if the movie works. And Miller obviously figured that world-building thing out with the second movie.


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It wasn't that it was a great movie at all but that it was a lot of fun.


It was ahead of its time in this regard.


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In today's world, the movie was shot for 1 million dollars accounting for inflation.



That's barely the catering bill for a MCU movie.


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I always interpreted it as Australia got lucky- In 1979, who would want to nuke Australia? They didnt have any nuclear weapons. The US wouldnt nuke them. Russia shouldn't need to nuke them. But they would be one of the only ones left with little outside resources. Just them on the island.


Its just the beginning of the fall of civilization. I think the mythos is that has been written after the fact says that there was no nuclear war yet in the first one, there is a worldwide collapse of oil production. This leads to a nuclear war, I guess before the second movie.

But you can see some of the fall starting, there are shortages of materials, the government is failing, and the infrastructure is starting to fall apart from being neglected.



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it was really low budget, i only like it as a prequel to fury road. wish there were more mad max movies


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mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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And frankly Fury Road is a $150 million dollar car chase with less dialogue than the original Mad Max to see who can get from point A to point B the fastest.

That's it. That's the entire plot of Fury Road. A giant drag race for two hours.

The original Mad Max had a more interesting premise for just 1 million dollars.

So for 1 million dollars, you can't fault the SFX for 1979 and since 150 million dollars in 2015 didn't improve on the story...you can't fault the original for lacking a storyline.
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For a low budget film ( $ 400,000 ) that earned over 100 million world wide and launched a franchise, how's about showing a bit of respect ?

Maybe the original Star Wars ( 1977 ) and its 'ground breaking ' fx don't wow you like it did audiences back in day, but sometimes great movie franchises start off with humble beginnings.

And Mad Max has a great ending, imo.


( And its sequel, as Empire was with Star Wars, was the best of the entire franchise. )


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Tiger1242
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For a low budget film ( $ 400,000 ) that earned over 100 million world wide and launched a franchise, how's about showing a bit of respect ?

Show some respect? I’m just saying I was surprised at it because it’s nothing like the world in the other Mad Max films, caught me off guard.


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For a low budget film ( $ 400,000 ) that earned over 100 million world wide and launched a franchise, how's about showing a bit of respect ?


Movies that led to superior sequels are then retroactively barred from even benign/light criticism?

How many other Ozploitation flicks from the 70s could people name? I'm guessing very few to none. Are we not showing respect by still talking about a decent 41 year-old movie that led to a more interesting franchise, and kicked off the careers of two people pretty important to 80s and 90s cinema?


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Every good story has a beginning. Sometimes, those stories evolve. They take the audience from small humble settings to amazing places.

Like starting from The Shire and ending up in far away lands, fighting dragons, or the Dark Lord, in Mordor.

Plus, the benefits of a low budget movie doing well allowed its story to expand.



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re: Can we discuss the original Mad Max (1979)
I was in my second year of college when it came out, and I don't know anyone that saw it until they'd seen The Road Warrior in 1981. They re-released it in the USA in May of 1983. That's when everyone I know saw it. It sucked compared to The Road Warrior, but we all went to see it because of the 1981 movie.

IMDb Mad Max release dates


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