Australia in the 1850s. Daniel Morgan, like hundreds of other ex-patriots from the British Isles (he is from Ireland), has come Downunder to seek his fortune. There is a gold rush going on, and Morgan wants to strike it rich. As fate would have it, Morgan soon finds himself on the other side of the law, broke and desperate. A single act of highway robbery gets him 12 years of hard labor. While in prison, he is systematically abused. Upon release, Morgan vows revenge on those who wronged him. With the help of an aborigine named Billy, and a growing legend of audacity, Morgan soon becomes a hero. The locals love him, while the wealthy and powerful fear his influence. They want this outlaw dead or alive, and will stop at nothing to see that their sense of justice is done. But Morgan only wants those to pay for the crimes they have committed, to recognize that he wasn't always a bushranger - he was made into one. It wasn't only his mind that made him bad. It was society that turned him ...
In the autumn of 1865 the unique and notorious desperado, bushranger Dan Morgan, crossed the Murray River from New South Wales into Victoria to do battle with the law for the last time. What happened has been a secret for over 100 years. And so it should have been, if only to save face for the corrupt and hated colonial establishment of the day. This then is the fascinating tale, told for the first time, of the romantic and extraordinary villain they called Mad Dog Morgan.
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Did You Know?
This film was made and released about two years after Margaret Carnegie
's source book 'Morgan: The Bold Bushranger' was first published in 1974. This book was based on twelve years of research. Carnegie is credited for the film for both story and research. See more
Dan Morgan (real name John Fuller) was born in New South Wales, Australia. While it is believed his mother was Irish, it is unlikely that he spoke with a heavy Irish accent. More likely he would have adopted the developing local accent. See more
By all means, off with his head... and don't forget the scrotum.
The film was originally shot in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. However, the 2005 DVD release from Troma Entertainment presents the film in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio print cropped directly from the "pan and scan" full-screen print that was made for VHS releases. See more
I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
Music by Michael William Balfe
[from 'The Bohemian Girl'] See more