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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When all that's left is one last chance, pray that he's still out there ... somewhere! See more »


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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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Technical Specs


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(35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)| (70 mm prints)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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James Cameron cited this as one of his influences behind The Terminator (1984). See more »


When Max takes Nathan back to compound, he holds up his tool belt in his right hand. The hatchet (wooden handle) is facing the camera. In the reverse shot, showing Max from behind, the hatchet is again on the camera side. The hatchet never faces away from the camera. 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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Like fine wine, improves and enriches with age....

I have to admit that at first viewing, I wasn't the greatest fan of this film and preferred the original 1979 classic. However, on more recent viewings, I have grown to admire director George Miller's signature style, which matured from MAD MAX into the bigger budget and riskier MAD MAX 2 (THE ROAD WARRIOR) Utilising the oil strikes of the 70's and transposing them into a futuristic context, Miller builds a sense of desperation into the road movie structure and wisely incorporates the successful elements of the original MAD MAX into a broader canvas. The dialogue is sharper, the action more defined and Vernon Wells is a far greater villain than the Toecutter in MAD MAX. The hero-as-saviour is another clear motif throughout the film and Mel Gibson thankfully uses his charisma to disguise his limited use of dialogue. A true classic as time goes on....

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