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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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Max
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Michael Preston ...
Pappagallo (as Mike Preston)
Max Phipps ...
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Wez
Kjell Nilsson ...
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Arkie Whiteley ...
Steve J. Spears ...
Syd Heylen ...
Moira Claux ...
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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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In the future, cities will become deserts, roads will become battlefields and the hope of mankind will appear as a stranger. 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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2.35 : 1
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The tanker roll stunt at the end of the chase was deemed so dangerous that the stunt driver was not allowed to eat any food 12 hours before they shot in the likely event that he could be rushed into surgery. See more »

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During the final chase, as a marauder and The Mechanic is having a "tug-of-war" over the wounded and dying Warrior Woman hanging on the barbed wire, in one shot someone else is seen atop the tanker moving towards the cab. It looks vaguely like the Feral Kid but in shots before and after we see that he's in the cab, helping Max fight off the marauder holding on to Max's shoulder, and no other compound folk are supposedly left on the truck at that point (the entire crew being The Mechanic, Warrior Woman, the Feral Kid, Max and the man in the turret at the back who got pulled to his death early on during the chase). 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 which engulfed...
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Concentrated testosterone, and fun
2 May 2003 | by (KCMO) – See all my reviews

I think this may be the greatest 'car movie' ever made. The chase scenes are gritty and thrilling, and quite realistic. None of that 'car falls over cliff and blows up' crap.

In the fighting/war scenes, it plays a perfect balance between hidden action and open action, never overselling the gore nor underselling the violence.

The plot is an excuse to have a long highway battle, but I'm not complaining. It's vaguely feasible enough that you don't worry much about it, just accept it as a needed background to hang the fun stuff on. Oh, to be a stunt driver in this movie! Or even to be a mechanic! That would be a story to tell your children.

This is every driving fantasy I've ever had, and played perfectly. I know that certainly flavors my review, but tell me that movies which are cathartic for you haven't affected YOU that way?

Bottom line: thin plot, heavy action, decent characterization. Symbolism absent, directness the rule of the day. Jump on this bandwagon and ram something. Fun all the way.


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