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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

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In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Max
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Michael Preston ...
Pappagallo (as Mike Preston)
Max Phipps ...
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Wez
Kjell Nilsson ...
Emil Minty ...
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Arkie Whiteley ...
Steve J. Spears ...
Syd Heylen ...
Moira Claux ...
David Downer ...
David Slingsby ...
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Storyline

A former Australian policeman now living in the post-apocalyptic Australian outback as a warrior agrees to help a community of survivors living in a gasoline refinery to defend them and their gasoline supplies from evil barbarian warriors. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Ruthless... Savage... Spectacular See more »


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21 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,527,864 (USA) (21 May 1982)

Gross:

$9,003,011 (USA)
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(35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)| (70 mm prints)

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(archive footage)|

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

With the inclusion of Escape From New York, this film was one of the earliest to depict mutant motor vehicles (usually altered from its original configuration) which would become a theme with Burning Man. In real life, the Department of Mutant Vehicles division of Burning Man has altered its own rules of what is defined as a mutant vehicle - in the film some of the mutant vehicles are minimally altered which retain its physical appearance as the automobile depicted e.g. a passenger car with a motorcycle muffler bolted to the hood is a decorated vehicle is less likely to be approved as a Burning Man mutant vehicle. In recent years the capacity cap for vehicles on the Black Rock City playa has been limited in response to the Bureau of Land Management where the 'art cars' of years past have been excluded, which has been a staple of past Burning Man events. The automobiles depicted in the film (and subsequent sequels plus Fury Road) is less likely to be approved as a Burning Man mutant vehicle as of 2015 where a competitor Burning Man-like event (Wasteland Weekend, which originally was a Mad Max fan gathering) was established in 2004 resulting in a duopoly of art cars vs. mutant vehicles. See more »

Goofs

After Max delivers the truck to the compound and escapes in his battered pursuit special, it goes from shots that are "dawn" lighting, (car escaping against lit dawn horizon & close-up of Max and engine with heavy orange gels) straight to a traveling shot along the highway where the shadows indicate a sun around a before/after noon position. See more »

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Narrator: My life fades. The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of chaos... ruined dreams... this wasted land. But most of all, I remember The Road Warrior. The man we called "Max." To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time... when the world was powered by the black fuel... and the desert sprouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now... swept away. For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war, and touched off a blaze ...
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My Dad Was Right !!
11 February 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Iam a big action move fan and have seen mostly all the best and worst Hollywood action films ever.But for some reason i still don't know why i kept ignoring this movie for years in spite of hearing so many good things about. sure, i like Mel Gibson, I've seen all the lethal weapon movies.My dad always told me that the first 2 mad max movies are great but i kept ignoring these movies and man i was SO wrong.This weekend i had nothing great to rent and i rented the first 2 mad max films and yes i was blown away. These movies are light years ahead of all the modern action movies, the camera work the setting sound effects ,editing everything is just superb. mad max 2 is a legendary action film for me and I am going to add this to my collection.It's not filled up with unnecessary action but when it starts it blows u away. Mel Gibson was great . Now I am interested in watching all George miller movies , i don't know how many else he has made. If u r looking for a great action movie, pick this one. U will love it.

8 on 10.


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