"Now, if you’re lucky you can hack through your ankle in five minutes!"
Description: Mel Gibson as police officer Max Rockatansky giving instructions to motorcycle punk in the motion picture Mad Max (1979).
Max is a police officer for the Main Force Patrol (MFP), an Australian Federal Police force that patrols the transcontinental highways of a post-apocalyptic world. The rigors of life on the road eventually gets to Max, and, one day, he confides how he feels to his friend, Captain Fifi McAfee (Roger Ward):
"I'm scared, Fif. It's that rat circus out there, I'm beginning to enjoy it. Look, any longer out on that road and I'm one of them, a terminal psychotic, except that I've got this bronze badge that says that I'm one of the good guys."
When a band of crazed cyclists ("Glory Roaders") kill his wife and child, Max, already on the edge, embarks on a trail of high-speed vengeance.
On his quest for revenge, Max runs across Johnny the Boy (Tim Burns) looting an accident victim by the side of the road. Johnny was one of scum bikers who killed MPF officer Jim Goose (Steve Bisley) by tossing a lighted match to his overturned, gasoline-leaking truck.
"Jimmy the Goose, larger than life and twice as ugly!"
As Johnny pulls off a pair of boots from a dead man, Max approaches and drags the punk to a nearby auto wreck, and handcuffs his ankle to the car. Max then proceeds to create a bomb by collecting dripping gasoline from a broken fuel line and placing it by the open flame of his lighter.
The frightened cyclist cries, “I had nothing to do with anything going on back there, man. Hey, listen man. Will you listen to me? There was a hell of a crazy scene back there. A lot of perv ass people. I'm not responsible for anything. Hey listen, I’m not a bad man. I’m sick, see. Sick. What do you call it? Psychopathic. You know. Personality disorder. The court, man, he says so! You're not gonna hurt me, are you? Jesus! You can’t kill me! Not for stealing a man's boots! He was dead for Christ sake! What are you doing? I want to know what you're doing?”
Max obliges, and says, “The chain in those handcuffs is high tensile steel. It’d take you ten minutes to hack through it with this." Throwing a hacksaw on the ground near the boy, Max concludes, "Now, if you’re lucky you can hack through your ankle in five minutes.”
As Max limps back to his car, Johnny screams, “You're mad, man! You think I look silly, don't ya? Ha, ha! Don't bring this on me, man! Don't do this to me, please! Aw, Sweet Jesus! I was sick! Don't bring this on me, please!"
Immune to the young man's pleading, Max gets in his car and drives away. In a matter of moments, gasoline touches the fire from the lighter and there is large explosion. Boom! No more bad guy.
Note: The movie trailer for the film features a narrator who ominously announces the following to the viewing audience:
"Tomorrow in a world gone mad, the only law will be a renegade squad of suicidal cops. And the open road will be controlled by gangs of Glory Roaders. Max is a cop. One of the best. Toecutter is a Glory Roader. One of the most sadistic. Both want the other dead. But only one can have his way. Mad Max. You don't want to make Max mad. Because when Max gets mad...he gets even. American International presents - Mad Max, the Maximum Force of the Future."