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Trailers From Hell: Josh Olson on Mel Gibson’s Aussie Classic ‘Mad Max’

Trailers From Hell: Josh Olson on Mel Gibson's Aussie Classic 'Mad Max'

Trailers From Hell’s Josh Olson kicks off the week with the Australian classic, “Mad Max,” which launched the career of Mel Gibson:

Medical doctor George Miller teamed with amateur filmmaker Byron Kennedy to make this action-packed dystopian car crash saga on a shoestring budget. Inspired by the 1973 oil crisis, its violent depiction of a bombed-out society became a top-grossing Australian commercial hit, but ran aground during limited distribution in the US.  AIP, on its last legs as a distributor, decided to redub all the Aussie dialog with American actors and phrases, which curtailed its playability. Nonetheless it was popular enough to spawn a bigger-budget sequel and call attention to actor Mel Gibson in his first lead role.

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