Mad Dog Morgan

Overview

Dennis Hopper plays the title character in this true story of a 19th-century Australian gold-digger who is pressed into a life of crime. A six-year stint in jail doesn't provide reform, but does introduce him to an Aboriginal partner-in-crime David Gulpilil. The duo then proceed to terrorize the province of New South Wales with no lack of violence. The TV version was retitled Mad Dog.
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Overview

Dennis Hopper plays the title character in this true story of a 19th-century Australian gold-digger who is pressed into a life of crime. A six-year stint in jail doesn't provide reform, but does introduce him to an Aboriginal partner-in-crime David Gulpilil. The duo then proceed to terrorize the province of New South Wales with no lack of violence. The TV version was retitled Mad Dog.
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Special Features

That's Our Mad Dog - a conversation with writer/director Philippe Mora and star Dennis Hopper; Interview with director of photography Mike Molloy (Hardcore); Interview with associate producer Richard Brennan (Long Weekend); Introduction by Philippe Mora; Mad Dog Morgan locations featurette; Slideshow; Rare radio interview with Philippe Mora
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Editorial Reviews

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This intense variation on the historical biopic offers more grit and offbeat flourishes than one might expect from this kind of film. The story it tells works both as an outlaw-as-antihero story and also as an indictment of Australian colonialism (fittingly, the hero's partner in crime is the most dispossessed of Australians, an Aborigine). The narrative is told in a punchy style, with lots of events rolling out in machine gun style, as Morgan goes from iconoclast to wanted man. Director Philippe Mora gives the often violent storyline a tremendous sense of stylistic drive, piling on swooping camerawork by cinematographer Mike Molloy and a haunting musical score by Patrick Flynn that mixes choral and Aboriginal motifs to otherworldly effect. That said, the beating heart of Mad Dog Morgan is the all-stops-out lead performance from Dennis Hopper as the title character: he sustains a burning intensity from start to finish and his willingness to go out on a limb and drain every last drop of emotion from the role is the engine that drives the film. Also worthy of note are David Gulpilil, whose quietly charismatic turn as Morgan's partner acts as a counterbalance to Hopper's furious theatrics, and an ominous, darkly witty turn by Frank Thring as the government man determined to take Morgan down. In closing, Mad Dog Morgan is an intense, sometimes brutal experience but it also offers plenty of food for thought and a stunning example of cinematic craft. As such, it is well worth a look for the adventurous cult-film fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2009
  • UPC: 790357941797
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Rating:

  • Source: Troma
  • Presentation: Director's Cut / Remastered / Special Edition / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,239

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Hopper Daniel Morgan
Jack Thompson Detective Manwaring
David Gulpilil Billy
Frank Thring Superintendent Cobham
Michael Pate Superintendent Winch
Bill Hunter Sgt. Smith
John Hargreaves Baylis
Martin Harris Wendlan
Robin Ramsay Roget
Graeme Blundell Italian Jack
David Bracks McLean
Liddy Clark Alice
Peter Collingwood Judge Barry
Peter Cummins Gibson
John Derum Evans
Gerry Duggan Martin
Max Fairchild Prisoner
Judith Fisher Mrs. Warby
David John & the Mood John Evans
Norman Kaye Swagman
Hugh Keays-Byrne Simon
Kevin Leslie Maples
David Mitchell Haley
Christopher Pate Roget's Assistant
Grant Page Maginnity
Philip Ross Watson
Bruce Spence Heriot
Peter Thompson Mayor
Roger Ward Trooper
Harold Baigent
Natalie Bate
John Bowman
Tom Broadbridge
John Cousins
Reg Evans
Cliff Ellen
Tom Farley
Jon Finlayson
Ken Grant
Jeremy Kewley
Gerard Maguire
Dennis Miller
John Smythe
Don Kerr
Wallace Eaton Macpherson
Technical Credits
Philippe Mora Director, Screenwriter
Patrick Flynn Score Composer
Ken Hammond Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Hilditch Art Director, Production Designer
Michael Lake Asst. Director
Michael Molloy Cinematographer
John Scott Editor
Jeremy Thomas Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mad Dog Morgan
1. I'm Going to Get Him [5:27]
2. Opium Den [4:27]
3. Down, Down to Hell [7:18]
4. Relations of Man to Ape [4:23]
5. Holy Mother, Take Me [7:16]
6. Back From the Dead [5:47]
7. And I Have My Duty [5:52]
8. The Music Shots [6:11]
9. Kill Me [3:25]
10. I Want the Bastard [5:14]
11. What Creates a Monster From a Man? [4:43]
12. Burn it to the Ground [5:16]
13. You're No Stranger, You're Daniel Morgan [7:37]
14. I Can Almost Smell Him [12:06]
15. It's a Beautiful Day [7:40]
16. Credits [1:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mad Dog Morgan
   Play
   Chapters
   Play With Introduction by Philippe Mora
Disc #2 -- Mad Dog Morgan
   That's Our Mad Dog
   Interview With Director Philippe Mora
   Interview With Mike Molloy
   Interview With Richard Brennan
   Radio Interview
   Deleted Scenes
   Locations Featurette
   Still Gallery
   Original Theatrical Program
   Trailer
   Tromatic Extras
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      Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
      The Toxic Avenger
      Combat Shock
      The Last Horror Film
      The Sexy Box
      Credits
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