Double Feature: Australian Version! MAD MAX, 1979, MGM Repertory, 93 min. Dir. George Miller. This nihilistic sci-fi actioner about violent car gangs taking over the highways impressed audiences with its chases and tone, reminiscent of spaghetti westerns. As with all his fellow players, Mel Gibson was initially dubbed because the American distributor feared that U.S. audiences would not understand Australian accents. Shown here in all its uncut and undubbed glory, this dark revenge tale still manages to thrill.
MAD MAX II: THE ROAD WARRIOR, 1981, Warner Bros., 91 min. Dir. George Miller.
Hockey-mask wearing Lord Humongous whips his speed-freaks into a frenzy, while Road Warrior Mel Gibson tries to save the remnants of civilization, in director George Miller’s lean, mean, thrill machine. Along with James Cameron’s ALIENS, this is the finest action film of the 1980’s. Director George Miller to introduce the screening.
- Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy