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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
"Mad Max 2" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  21 May 1982 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Michael Preston ...
Pappagallo (as Mike Preston)
Max Phipps ...
Kjell Nilsson ...
Emil Minty ...
Arkie Whiteley ...
Steve J. Spears ...
Syd Heylen ...
Moira Claux ...
David Downer ...
David Slingsby ...


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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Release Date:

21 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$9,003,011 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During production, co-writer Brian Hannant was drawn to a rock formation at Wilpena in South Australia, which inspired him to write a screenplay for a science fiction film about a soldier from a dark post apocalyptic future who arrives in 20th century Australia to prepare for the arrival of a city that has the ability to travel across time and space that is pursued by evil robots. That film was The Time Guardian (1987). See more »


Towards the end of the movie we see that the gyro rotors are totally bent. In the next shot, as it comes to a stop, the rotors are in perfect condition. See more »


[first lines]
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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