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


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Release Date:
21 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mel Gibson ... Max

Bruce Spence ... The Gyro Captain
Michael Preston ... Pappagallo (as Mike Preston)
Max Phipps ... The Toadie

Vernon Wells ... Wez
Kjell Nilsson ... The Humungus

Emil Minty ... The Feral Kid

Virginia Hey ... Warrior Woman

William Zappa ... Zetta
Arkie Whiteley ... The Captain's Girl
Steve J. Spears ... Mechanic
Syd Heylen ... Curmudgeon
Moira Claux ... Big Rebecca
David Downer ... Nathan
David Slingsby ... Quiet Man
Kristoffer Greaves ... Mechanic's Assistant
Max Fairchild ... Broken Victim

Tyler Coppin ... Defiant Victim
Jerry O'Sullivan ... Golden Youth (as Jimmy Brown)
Tony Deary ... Grinning Mohawker
Kathleen McKay ... Victim
Guy Norris ... Bearclaw Mohawk
Anne Jones ... Tent Lover
James McCardell ... Tent Lover
Harold Baigent ... Voice of Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joanne Samuel ... Jessie (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
George Miller 
Writing credits
Terry Hayes (screenplay by) &
George Miller (screenplay by)

Brian Hannant (screenplay with)

Produced by
Byron Kennedy .... producer
Original Music by
Brian May 
Cinematography by
Dean Semler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Balson 
David Stiven 
Tim Wellburn 
Art Direction by
Graham 'Grace' Walker  (as Graham 'Grace' Walker)
Costume Design by
Norma Moriceau 
Makeup Department
Bob McCarron .... special makeup effects
Karla O'Keefe .... make-up artiste
Lesley Vanderwalt .... makeup supervisor
Kathy Coultrup .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Patrick Clayton .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Clayton .... first assistant director
Brian Hannant .... first assistant director
Brian Hannant .... second unit director
Phillip Hurst .... third assistant director (as Phil Hurst)
Toivo Lember .... second assistant director
Andrew Plain .... additional assistant director
Mark Thomas .... assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Steve Amezdroz .... assistant art director
Melinda Brown .... special props designer
Melinda Brown .... special props maker
John Daniell .... stand-by props
Peter De Bono .... construction team
Philip Henderson-Wilson .... construction team
Michael Lehmann .... construction team
Frederick Santos .... construction team
Dennis Smith .... construction manager
Kerrin Stevens .... construction stand-by
George Tsoutas .... construction team
Pauline Walker .... art department assistant
Pauline Walker .... props buyer
Derek Wyness .... construction team
George Zukiwskyj .... construction team
Sound Department
Anne Breslin .... assistant sound editor (as Anne Breslan)
Lloyd Carrick .... sound recordist
Chris Goldsmith .... boom operator
Byron Kennedy .... sound mixer
Bruce Lamshed .... sound mixer
Bruce Lamshed .... supervising sound editor
Mike O'Donnell .... assistant sound editor
Penn Robinson .... sound editor
Roger Savage .... sound mixer
Andrew Steuart .... sound editor (as Andrew Stewart)
Marc van Buuren .... sound editor (as Mark Van Buuren)
David Watts .... sound consultant: Dolby
Special Effects by
Mark Clayton .... special effects assistant
Jeff Clifford .... special effects chief (as Jeffrey Clifford)
Steve Courtley .... special effects team
Mont Fieguth .... special effects team (as Monte Fieguth)
David Hardy .... special effects team
Brian Hunter .... special effects construction
Greg Mulhearn .... special effects construction
Visual Effects by
Kim Priest .... optical effects
Roger Cowland .... visual effects (uncredited)
Richard Wilmot .... optical effects operator (uncredited)
Max Aspin .... stunt coordinator
Glenn Boswell .... stunt team (as Glen Boswell)
Vern Dietrich .... acrobatic stunts
Gerry Gauslaa .... stunt team
Bob Hicks .... stunt team
Guy Norris .... stunt team
Kim Noyce .... stunt team
Dennis Williams .... stunt driver
Tom Glass .... truck action (uncredited)
Melissa Grillett .... acrobatic double: Feral Boy (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... truck stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Brock .... camera assistant: second unit
Dean Bryan .... assistant electrician
Gary Carden .... assistant grip (as Garry Carden)
Graham Carter .... grip: second unit
Derry Field .... focus puller: main unit
Derry Field .... second camera assistant: main unit
Bill Grimmond .... second cameraman/operator: main unit
Carolyn Johns .... still photographer
Andrew Lesnie .... documentary cameraman
Peter Lipscombe .... additional camera assistant: main unit
Graeme Mardell .... key grip
Andrew McLean .... clapper/loader
Richard Merryman .... focus puller
John Morton .... gaffer
Paul Moyes .... best boy
Geoffrey Simpson .... second unit cameraman (as Geoff Simpson)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Terri Lamera .... wardrobe machinist (as Terry Lamera)
Shelley Lodge .... pre-production wardrobe assistant
Pam Maling .... wardrobe machinist
Roger Monk .... wardrobe master
Margaret Thomas .... wardrobe machinist
Editorial Department
Ruth Beach .... assistant editor
Arthur Cambridge .... colour grading
Margaret Cardin .... negative cutter
Michael Chirgwin .... additional editor
Philip Dickson .... assistant editor
Les Fiddess .... assistant editor (as Les Fiddes)
George Miller .... additional editor
Alison Pickup .... editor's assistant
Christopher Plowright .... additional editor
Annabelle Sheehan .... assistant editor
Location Management
Steve Knapman .... location manager
Music Department
Brian May .... conductor
Roger Savage .... music mixer
Roger Savage .... music recordist
Robert John .... musician (uncredited)
Brian May .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roger Savage .... music engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Brand .... unit driver
Ralph Clark .... transport manager
Sue Clark .... unit driver
Jack Skyver .... unit driver
Dennis Williams .... truck precision driver
Other crew
Bill Anderson .... mechanics team
Rosanne Andrews-Baxter .... production coordinator
Dale Aspin .... animal handler
Dale Aspin .... animal trainer
Catherine Barber .... production accountant
Linda Bates .... producer's assistant
Dixie Betts .... office liaison: Sydney
George Bischoff .... mechanics team
Barry Bransen .... motorcycle buyer
Barry Bransen .... motorcycle mechanic
Kevin Cross .... unit runner
Jenny Day .... pre-production coordinator
Harvey Else .... helicopter pilot
Ray Fowler .... caterer
Gerry Goodwin .... autogyro pilot
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison
Hugh Gooley .... security guard
Sandy Gore .... dialogue coach
Arthur Henley .... truck mechanic
John Hurrel .... helicopter pilot
David Jeffrey .... security guard
Stuart Johnson .... mechanics team
Byron Kennedy .... presenter (as Kennedy Miller)
Mardy Kennedy .... director's pre-production assistant
Grant Larkin .... traffic supervisor
Jennifer Lee-Lewes .... accounts assistant
George Miller .... presenter (as Kennedy Miller)
Allan Mills .... mechanics team
Ian Mitchell .... unit runner
Peter Moyes .... assistant caterer
John Murch .... mechanics team
Guy Norris .... motorcycle mechanic
Gordon Parr .... mechanics team
Catherine Phillips .... producer's secretary
Linda Ray .... continuity
Marshall Read .... mechanics team
Clive Smith .... mechanics team
David Thomas .... chief car mechanic (as Dave Thomas)
Reg West .... security guard
Athnea Willcocks .... unit nurse
Angelika Wyness .... unit nurse
Derek Wyness .... security guard
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mad Max 2" - Australia (original title)
"Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" - International (English title) (informal English title), USA (imdb display title)
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95 min | UK:96 min | USA:94 min | Argentina:96 min | Germany:87 min (heavily cut)
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (1999) | Australia:M (video) (re-rating) (1984) | Australia:R18+ (original rating) (1981) | Brazil:16 | Canada:R | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1989) | Finland:(Banned) (1982) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (1982) (re-rating) | France:Tous publics (with warning) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R15+ (2015) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 (original rating) | New Zealand:M (re-rating) | Norway:18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 (cable rating) | South Korea:18 (DVD rating) (2001) | South Korea:18 (VHS release) (1989) | South Korea:(Banned) (theatrical rating) (1982) | Sweden:15 | Taiwan:R-15 (2016) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2015) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Composer Brian May, whom composed the soundtrack for the original Mad Max (1979), returned to compose the soundtrack for "Mad Max 2". But, Brian May didn't compose the soundtrack of the following installment Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and was replaced by Maurice Jarre.See more »
Continuity: After being attacked by Wez, Max rolls the Pursuit Special down a hill. When Max climbs out of the car, it looks in much better shape than it was when it came to rest.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...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Heartbreak Ridge (1986)See more »


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70 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
on the Road Again with Mad Max and his Dog, 6 August 2005
Author: Bogmeister from United States

But most of all, I remember the Road Warrior. By this time, many people have forgotten that this set the standard for kinetic action on the roadways. The memories fade as the years go by, new action films are released, such as "Speed"(94), which seem to set new standards. But, it's not really the case. The Road Warrior has yet to be bested, and no amount of money, computer technology or loud noises will ever accomplish the deed. Nothing will ever capture the apocalyptic intensity or, most of all, the sheer elegance of combat on the roads, as depicted here. "Raiders of the Lost Ark"(81), for example, captured a more frenetic goofy-style action, also relentless, but not with the level of tension. It's exciting, sure, but it doesn't tie your stomach up in knots, leaving you drained yet begging for more.

The sequel to "Mad Max"(79) - also a unique, tense experience - begins with an unusual prologue, giving the viewers a historical background on only half the screen. We are set up for a bombastic adventure, created as a new mythology for our perusal. Iconic figures abound, beginning with Max (Gibson) himself, of course. Here is the quintessential wandering loner hero/cowboy/samurai: he is striking - damaged both physically & mentally - but an ultimate survivor. Here are his foes: a scarred, massively-muscled atomic-age conqueror and his dogs, garbed in battle-dress for instant death and destruction. Here is his conscience: the last vestiges of civilization grouped in a makeshift fort for a final gasp of decency. When these three factions clash, it's the end of the world as we know it. Welcome to the new world of The Road Warrior.

The Road Warrior influenced the sub-genre of post-holocaust science fiction throughout the eighties. There were numerous imitators, mostly low-budget efforts, and none of them came close to succeeding at this level. I hope not too many people continue to forget where it all began for this thrilling corner of the sci-fi adventure genre. It is to our downfall and regret that we forget.

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