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Release Date:
April 1982 (USA) See more »
After the oil wars came a greater threat... See more »
Post World War III futuristic tale of collapsed governments & bankrupt countries heralding a new lawless age. | Full synopsis »
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Actually pretty good, and definitely not a "rip-off" of The Road Warrior, which did not come out beforehand See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
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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USA:91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

During a screening, Roger Corman had highlighted in the script things that he felt had gotten an inappropriate response. Director 'Harley Cokliss' decided he was right and removed them.See more »
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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Actually pretty good, and definitely not a "rip-off" of The Road Warrior, which did not come out beforehand, 29 August 2010
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

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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