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Battletruck (1982)
"Warlords of the 21st Century" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  April 1982 (USA)
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Post World War III futuristic tale of collapsed governments & bankrupt countries heralding a new lawless age.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Wainwright ...
Bruno Lawrence ...
Randy Powell ...
Judd (as Randolph Powell)
Diana Rowan ...
Kelly Johnson ...
Ross Jolly ...
John Banas ...
Peter Rowell ...
Timothy Lee ...


Post World War III futuristic tale of collapsed governments & bankrupt countries heralding a new lawless age.

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truck | oil | post nuclear | terror | violence | See more »


After the oil wars. Out of the rubble of the cities comes ... "BattleTruck" See more »


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April 1982 (USA)  »

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NZD 1,000,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Actually pretty good, and definitely not a "rip-off" of The Road Warrior, which did not come out beforehand
29 August 2010 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Another post-apocalyptic sci-fi, recently released on a DVD alongside Deathsport. Likewise, this one is very lowly rated (4.1 at the moment). I can understand that about Deathsport, but I think Battletruck (aka Warlords of the 21st Century) is downright good. I think the problem is that it's very similar to George Miller's The Road Warrior. Some IMDb reviewers even refer to it as a rip-off, but it was being made before The Road Warrior was ever even released, and, at least in most places, it was released almost at the exact same time (in the U.S. both were released in April of 1982). Compared to The Road Warrior, okay, Battletruck isn't nearly as good. But I won't hold that against it. The Road Warrior is all kinds of awesome. Battletruck is merely good, with a less ambitious story, though still probably too ambitious to completely succeed with the small budget it had. But still, it's pretty good. Michael Beck of The Warriors stars (though he doesn't appear for a good while into the film, which is a cool touch) as a lone wolf in this post-apocalyptic wasteland. He rescues Annie McEnroe (a character actress whom you might recognize from Beetlejuice and many other films), who has escaped her villain father (James Wainwright), but is left stranded in the middle of nowhere. Wainwright drives around in the titular truck raiding whatever settlements he can find and stealing all the oil and gasoline he can find. Beck takes McEnroe to a democratic settlement called Clearwater (among whose citizens is John Ratzenberger, who probably has more lines in this movie than any other before he started working with Pixar). They aren't all too trusting of Beck, who does some business with Clearwater but lives out on his own somewhere, and some of the citizens fear McEnroe's presence. That proves insightful when Wainwright comes along looking for her (and fuel). The action sequences in the film are well done, and the scenery is nice (it was filmed in New Zealand). Too bad it was shot in Academy ratio (or perhaps only still exists in that format).

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