Set in gold rush-era Victoria, and based on a true story, this violent, rollicking portrayal of infamous Irish outlaw Dan Morgan (a bravura performance from an intense Dennis Hopper Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now) is a classic of Australia’s 70s cinema renaissance. A prospector who turns to crime and opium after failing at gold mining, Dan Morgan spends six brutal years in prison before terrorising country Victoria with a young Aboriginal, David Gulpilil (Walkabout, The Tracker). Having escaped into NSW, the bushranger and his accomplice easily dodge the police and mercilessly intimidate the wealthy land owners; but wracked by madness and a lust to avenge an earlier attack from an irate squatter, the notorious Mad Dog makes a perilous journey back into Victoria. Combining an all-star Australian cast, including Jack Thompson, Bill Hunter and John Hargreaves, with a brilliant Dennis Hopper who called the role one of his great life experiences – director Philippe Mora (Communion) creates one of the great period action dramas. —mcbastardsmausoleum.blogspot.com
Crazy Oz exploitation flick from director Philippe Mora and producer Jeremy Thomas. Disjointed but always fascinating drama concerning the pursuit of outlaw Dan Morgan. Hopper gives a spell binding performance here only matched by Bill Hunter playing the prison guard/tracker assigned to find him dead or alive. Production quality hit and miss, think its actually the undertone of the film that makes it special.