Directed by Philippe Mora • 1976 • Australia
Starring Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil
Dan Morgan (Dennis Hopper), an Irish prospector who turns to crime and opium after failing at gold mining in nineteenth-century Australia, spends six brutal years in prison, enduring cruel mistreatment before he finally escapes. Wracked by madness and a lust for revenge, the notorious Mad Dog Morgan joins forces with Billy (David Gulpilil), a young Aboriginal man, and together the pair terrorize the country, dodging police, mercilessly intimidating wealthy landowners, and acquiring the status of folk heroes. Built around an intense, bravura performance from Dennis Hopper, this rollicking Ozploitation outlaw tale stands as a classic of Australia’s 1970s cinematic renaissance.