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Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/FantasyNotable as: Science Fiction, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Indie film, Action Film, Science Fiction, Road movie, Thriller, Adventure FilmNarrative location: AustraliaRuntime: 87 - 96 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: AustraliaDirector: George MillerScreenwriter: George Miller, Terry Hayes, Brian HannantMusic: Brian MayCinematography: Dean SemlerStars: Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Michael Preston, Virginia Hey, Emil Minty, Mel Gibson, Kjell Nilsson, William Zappa, Arkie Whiteley, Max Phipps Producer: Byron KennedyStudio: Kennedy Miller Mitchell, Warner Bros.Awards won: AACTA Award for Best Costume Design
AACTA Award for Best Direction (George Miller)
AACTA Award for Best Editing (George Miller)
AACTA Award for Best Editing (George Miller, David Stiven)
AACTA Award for Best Production Design
AACTA Award for Best Sound (Byron Kennedy)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Foreign Language Film (George Miller)
Saturn Award for Best International Film
Award nominations: AACTA Award for Best Cinematography
AACTA Award for Best Direction
AACTA Award for Best Editing
AACTA Award for Best Original Music Score
AACTA Award for Best Sound
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Saturn Award for Best Costume
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson starring as Max Rockatansky. The film's tale of a community of settlers moved to defend themselves against a roving band of marauders follows an archetypical "Western" frontier movie motif, as does Max's role as a hardened man who rediscovers his humanity when he decides to help the settlers. Filming took part in locations around Broken Hill, in the outback of New South Wales. Mad Max 2 was released on 24 December 1981, and received ample critical acclaim. Observers praised the visuals and Gibson's role. Noteworthy elements of the film also include cinematographer Dean Semler's widescreen photography of Australia's vast desert landscapes; the sparing use of dialogue throughout the film; costume designer Norma Moriceau's punk mohawked, leather bondage gear-wearing bikers; and its fast-paced, tightly edited and violent battle and chase scenes. The film's comic-book post-apocalyptic/punk style popularised the genre in film and fiction writing.

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