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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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They weren't aiming for AMADEUS 2 y'know!! See more (18 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)
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Directed by
Harley Cokeliss 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Abrams  story
Irving Austin  screenplay
John Beech  screenplay
Harley Cokeliss  screenplay

Produced by
Lloyd Phillips .... producer
Robert Whitehouse .... producer (as Rob Whitehouse)
 
Original Music by
Kevin Peek 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges 
 
Production Design by
Gary Hansen 
 
Art Direction by
Ron Highfield 
 
Makeup Department
Christine Beveridge .... makeup supervisor
 
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
Al Ford .... property master
Rob Outterside .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Graham Morris .... production sound mixer
Graham Morris .... sound recordist
Don Reynolds .... sound mixer
Brian Shennan .... sound mixer
Lee Tamahori .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
John Burke .... special effects supervisor (as Jonnie Burke)
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects
 
Stunts
Ewan Baxter .... stunt driver
Michael Baxter-Lax .... stunt team
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Timothy Lee .... stunts
Brian McGuinness .... stunt driver
Peter Rowell .... stunt team
Warren Timpson .... motorcycle stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allender .... assistant camera: second unit
Warrick Attewell .... additional camera operator
Richard Bluck .... focus puller
Roland Carati .... assistant camera
Stuart Dryburgh .... gaffer
Malcolm Ferguson .... additional camera operator
Ken George .... still photographer
Michael Hardcastle .... camera operator
Brian Kassler .... key grip
Brendon Mune .... best boy
Ian Paul .... photographer: second unit
Richard Scott .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine West .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Anny Lowery .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dave Fraser .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Narelle Barsby .... location manager
Jane Gilbert .... production coordinator
Bob Stenhouse .... title designer (as Robert Stenhouse)
Jackie Sullivan .... continuity
 

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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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Trivia:
Ed Harris was interviewed for the lead role of Hunter.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: When Corlie hops onto the back of the off road motorbike across the plains the skid of the helicopter is visible in the upper right hand side.See more »
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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
They weren't aiming for AMADEUS 2 y'know!!, 23 May 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

If this is the "benchmark" for putrid movies as one reviewer laughably suggests, where does that leave HEAVEN'S GATE, SHOWGIRLS, ROBOT MONSTER, MONSTROSITY, DRACULA'S LAST RITES, THE ISLAND, THE SAINT, EVE OF DESTRUCTION, ALIEN 2, ALIEN RESURRECTION??? to name but 10!

This is an energetic, low budget little NZ actioner. It's ONLY similarity to MAD MAX is the post apocalyptic oil-less future! Cockliss does pretty well within the constraints heaped upon him. I rather like NZ films - they tend to exude they're own unique little aura, much like Canadian flicks. Pretty much known as BATTLETRUCK everywhere (smewhat understandable - who wants to refer to a flick as WARLORDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY?) the film rips along quite nicely. No denying, the BATTLETRUCK of the title is one mean mother of a four-wheeled monstrosity. Definitely, the way to go in gridlock!

Hero Hunter (Beck) rides his own mean "Street Hawkmobile" and despite being shot pretty much through the heart with an arrow, is able to get straight back on to his dirt-bike extraordinaire and take it up to warlord Straker who looks suspiciously like a reject from a STEVEN SEAGAL movie!

The DUELesque ending is superbly done - shot from the almost identical angles that Spielberg used. It is equally impressive!

If this is the crappiest movie ever made, then pigs already fly! The film is a "6" no question! Kinda left field and semi-haunting music too, reminiscent of Tangerine Dream's work in the aforementioned STREET HAWK.

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