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Director:
Writers:
Irving Austin (screenplay)
John Beech (screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
After the oil wars came a greater threat... See more »
Plot:
Post World War III futuristic tale of collapsed governments & bankrupt countries heralding a new lawless age. | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Battletruck! See more (19 total) »

Cast

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Michael Beck ... Hunter

Annie McEnroe ... Corlie
James Wainwright ... Straker
Bruno Lawrence ... Willie

John Bach ... Bone
Randy Powell ... Judd (as Randolph Powell)

John Ratzenberger ... Rusty
Diana Rowan ... Charlene
Kelly Johnson ... Alvin
Ross Jolly ... Shotgun

Mark Hadlow ... Orrin
John Banas ... Reuben

Marshall Napier ... Driver
Peter Rowell ... Feathers
Timothy Lee ... Hacker

Oona Menges ... Zoe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barney Cokeliss ... Little boy (uncredited)
Harley Cokeliss ... Dirt eater (uncredited)

Directed by
Harley Cokeliss  (as Harley Cokliss)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Abrams  story
Irving Austin  screenplay
John Beech  screenplay
Harley Cokeliss  screenplay (as Harley Cokliss)

Produced by
Lloyd Phillips .... producer
Robert Whitehouse .... producer (as Rob Whitehouse)
 
Original Music by
Kevin Peek 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Horton 
 
Production Design by
Gary Hansen 
 
Art Direction by
Ron Highfield 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... makeup supervisor
Jean Thomas .... assistant makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raymond Day .... first assistant director
Buddy Joe Hooker .... second unit director
Chris Rose .... second assistant director
Chris Short .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeanelle Aston .... assistant property master (as Janelle Aston)
Chris Booth .... set dresser
Bob Dolman .... standby carpenter
Al Ford .... property master
Rick Kofoed .... set finisher
Edward Mulholland .... chargehand carpenter
Rob Outterside .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
David Keene .... assistant dubbing editor
Graham Morris .... production sound mixer
Graham Morris .... sound recordist
David Newton .... assistant sound mixer
Don Reynolds .... sound mixer
Jamie Selkirk .... dubbing editor
Brian Shennan .... sound mixer
Lee Tamahori .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Tony Austin .... vehicles fabricator: Hunter's vehicle
John Burke .... special effects supervisor (as Jonnie Burke)
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects
Rob Ferris .... assistant mechanic
Rob Greig .... engineer: props
Kai Hawkins .... vehicle designer
 
Stunts
Ewan Baxter .... stunt driver
Michael Baxter-Lax .... stunt team (as Michael Baxter Law)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt arranger
Timothy Lee .... stunt team
Brian McGuinness .... stunt driver: Battletruck (as Brian McGuiness)
Peter Rowell .... stunt team
Warren Timpson .... motorcycle stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allender .... assistant camera: second unit
Warrick Attewell .... additional camera operator (as Warwick Attwell)
Trou Bayliss .... grip: second unit
Richard Bluck .... focus puller
Roland Carati .... assistant camera
Stuart Dryburgh .... gaffer
Malcolm Ferguson .... additional camera operator
Ken George .... still photographer
Michael Hardcastle .... camera operator (as Mike Hardcastle)
Brian Kassler .... key grip
Murray Milne .... additional assistant camera
Brendon Mune .... best boy
Ian Paul .... photographer: second unit
Andy Roelants .... additional assistant camera
Richard Scott .... assistant grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Kane .... wardrobe assistant
Christine West .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Anny Lowery .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Alan Foster .... leader: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Dave Fraser .... music coordinator
Dave Fraser .... musician: keyboards
Frank Gibson Jr. .... musician: drums
Dave Ginnane .... music engineer (as David Ginnane)
Bruce Lynch .... musician: bass guitar
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra .... music played by
Kevin Peek .... conductor
Martin Winch .... musician: guitar
 
Other crew
Narelle Barsby .... location manager
Robin Cagney .... firearms specialist
Fay Furner .... secretary: producers
Jane Gilbert .... production coordinator
Kate Highfield .... assistant production accountant
Alane Hunter .... assistant caterer
Terry McGrath .... production accountant
Stefan Rigold .... production assistant
Bob Stenhouse .... title designer (as Robert Stenhouse)
Anne Stevens .... production secretary
Jackie Sullivan .... continuity
Julie Washington .... assistant to producer
David Williams .... caterer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Warlords of the 21st Century" - New Zealand (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The off-road vehicle (similar to a Burning Man mutant art car) used during the attack on the oil field is a Volkswagen Beetle bolted to the frame of a Toyota Land Cruiser.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Corlie and Hunter are being pursued on the off road dirt bike they are chucking bombs to try and stop them. Corlie chucks a silver bomb by the base of a tree. There is an explosion next to the the silver bomb which survived the blast and the tree falls over.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Battletruck!, 11 September 2006
Author: Oliver-50 from United States

It's very lucky that this film has such a cool 'Battletruck' or else it wouldn't be worth much at all. As it is, it's not a good movie, and yet it's not bad enough to moan and groan over - moan and groan in either a laughable or a bored way.

Within the first few minutes 'Warlords of the 21st Century' (isn't Battletruck the better choice?) it's unavoidable to make comparisons to one of the greatest films ever 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.' After all, both films take place in a post apocalyptic future where gasoline is a precious commodity; both have a giant Semi truck hauling around the Land Down Under; and both have a quiet, mysterious hero to fight for the people in danger! Battletruck isn't enough of a Mad Max clone to draw comparisons throughout the whole movie but the film doesn't have enough ingenuity to stand on it's own. Virtually every element of the film has been played out before.

So what's left to do? I was hoping for some good action; the back of the VHS box states that there is a 'terrifying chase' at the climax. And while the film does end on a high note with a little bloodshed and an impressive slow-mo explosive of the Battletruck, there is little else to cheer about. In the first hour of the 91 minutes, a few people get shot, there's a few explosions, a weak chase scene and, you bet, some Battletruck destruction! Mostly though, we get a bunch of aerial shots of bikes/cars/Battletruck driving through the wasteland. Hooray.

My pleasure stems from watching the hero, Hunter (played by Michael Beck of 'The Warriors' deliver the monotone one-liners while still having the physical charisma to run, dive, punch, kick, and shoot. 'The Warriors' is one of my favorite films, so for me shouting out "no Swan!" to the screen gives me some giddy joy - most other viewers may not get the same joy.

James Wainwright, as the villain Stryker out to rule the world and collect fuel, is good although he could do this role in his sleep. And the rest of the cast is decent - even the beautiful girl of the story isn't awful, she's just so-so. So it's a bit of a relief/surprise that the acting is as good as it is for such a ho-hum film.

But the real star is of course Battletruck.

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