Mad Max Through The Years

Here's the debut trailer of Mad Max Fury Road set for 2015 with trailers plus trivia (c/o IMDB) from previous Mad Max films.

Over 80% of the effects seen in the film are real practical effects, stunts, make-up and sets. CGI was used sparingly mainly to enhance the Namibian landscape, remove stunt rigging and for Charlize Theron's left hand which in the film is a prosthetic arm.

First 'Mad Max' movie since Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), a gap of thirty years.

First 'Mad Max' movie not to star Mel Gibson as Max.

This film is considered an Ozploitation movie, an Australian genre and/or Australian exploitation movie.


$650,000 (estimated)
$8,750,000 (USA)
$100,000,000 (Worldwide) ( December 1982)

 George Miller's view on an Australian dystopia featuring Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky. It became Australia's top-grossing  film, it held the Guinness record for most profitable film, credited for further opening up the US and international market to Australian New Wave films.

While in residency at a Sydney hospital, Miller met amateur filmmaker Byron Kennedy at a summer film school in 1971. The duo produced a short film, Violence in the Cinema, Part 1, which was screened at a number of film festivals and won several awards. Eight years later, the duo produced Mad Max, working with first-time screenwriter James McCausland (who appears in the film as the bearded man in an apron in front of the diner).

George Miller raised the money for Mad Max (1979) by working as an emergency room doctor.

Mel Gibson didn't go to the audition for this film to read for a part, he actually went along with a friend who was auditioning. But because he had been in a bar fight the night before and his head looked like "a black and blue pumpkin" (his words), he was told he could come back and audition in three week's time because "we need freaks!". He did return in three weeks' time, wasn't recognized (because his injuries had healed well), and was asked to read for a part.

The "get-out-of-jail-free card" that Goose gives the triker was an on-set joke. Because of the limited budget, the biker gang was an actual biker gang (the Vigilantes), and they had to ride to the set each day in-costume; often with their prop weapons displayed. Since the production company expected them to be pulled over by the local police, each was given a letter explaining the film's peculiar requirements, and asking for law-enforcement's understanding & cooperation.

The car that Max drives (a black "Pursuit Special"; the phrase "last of the V8 interceptors" was not used until Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)) is a production car, the Ford "XB Falcon Coupe", sold in Australia from December 1973 until August 1976. The car in the film had a standard 351 cubic inch (5.75 litre) V8 motor.

Shot in 12 weeks, on a meager $350,000 budget, in and around Melbourne.

$2,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend
$2,527,864 (USA) (23 May 1982)

Mel Gibson only had 16 lines of dialogue in the entire film, and two of them were: "I only came for the gasoline."

According to trivia book "Movie Mavericks" by Jon Sandys, one of the more spectacular stunts in the film was actually a serious accident. One of the motorcycle-riding raiders hits a car, flies off the bike, smashes his legs against the car, and cartwheels through the air towards the camera. This was a real, genuine accident: the stuntman was supposed to just fly over the car WITHOUT hitting it. But the near-fatal incident looked so dramatic that it was kept in the movie. The stuntman broke his leg badly, but survived. (If you look at the stuntman's body frame-by-frame through his cartwheels, you can see that one of his legs is bending at a slightly unnatural angle around the knee...ouch.)

Humungus was originaly supposed to be Max's partner Jim Goose. They decided against this, but left a few hints, such as horrible burns behind Humungus' goalie mask, his raider's use of police vehicles, and his own use of a similar weapon to the MFP's standard sidearm.

The tanker roll stunt at the end of the chase was deemed so dangerous that the stunt driver was not allowed to eat any food 12 hours before they shot in the likely event that he could be rushed into surgery.

Reasons for Max's strange & mismatched outfit: Right arm of jacket missing - arm was run over by a bike in Mad Max (1979) and medics would have cut the sleeve off rather than pull it over a damaged limb. Squeaky leg brace - kneecap shot through in the previous movie. Harness with spanners and stuff dangling off it - for running repairs on the V8. First two fingers of each driving glove missing - easier insertion/ retrieval of shotgun shells from his sawed-off shotgun.

Mel Gibson's favorite Mad Max film.

$12,305,523 (estimated)
$36,200,000 (USA)

George Miller lost interest in the project after his friend and producer Byron Kennedy was killed in a helicopter crash while location scouting. That may explain why Miller only handled the action scenes while George Ogilvie handled the rest. The film is dedicated to Byron Kennedy.

Max's eyes are different; the pupil in his left eye is permanently dilated. This is a nod to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981): When his car is forced off the road by Wez and Max crashes, he suffers a severe injury to, among other body parts, his left eye. The disparity is easier to see in close-ups, and VERY easy to see in HD versions of the film. In the regular version, it's most prominent when Max first looks down on the Thunderdome.

Originally, the film was supposed to be about a group of children living without parents in the wild. They were trying to decide what adult character would find them, when someone thought of Max. After that suggestion, it became a "Mad Max" film.

The sandstorm at the end of the film was real, and a camera plane actually did fly into it for some shots. The storm in its entirety hit the crew in the desert, forcing them to ride it out in their cars and wherever they could find cover.

The film references a novel by Russell Hoban called "Riddley Walker" about a hero traveling in post-apocalyptic England.

The possible outcomes on the Wheel are: - Death - Hard Labour - Acquittal - Gulag - Aunty's Choice - Spin Again - Forfeit Goods - Underworld - Amputation - Life Imprisonment

Aunty Entity's (Tina Turner) steel mail dress weighed more than 55 kilograms (121 pounds).

Max's name is only spoken once in the movie. Just after he meets Master Blaster in underworld. Master says "Me Master" and introduces himself, then Max says "Me Max" and does the same.

In interviews about Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) (a.k.a. "The Road Warrior"), George Miller said that while Max's world was after the collapse of the social/political/economic system we know, it was not post-World War III. However, "Beyond Thunderdome" explicitly contradicts this.

All of the pigs in the film foreshadow George Miller's involvement with Babe (1995) and directing its sequel ten years later.

Tina Turner Music Video - "We Don't Need Another Hero"

Liam Fountain auditioned for Mad Max, but didn't get the part. However, he played the role in 2011 short film "Mad Max: Renegade", which took place between "Mad Max" and "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior".


Directed by
George Miller
Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
$100,000,000 (estimated)
  A  Kennedy Miller Productions and Village Roadshow Pictures distributed by Warner Bros.


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