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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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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:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The uncredited opening narration was done by actor Randy Powell, who also plays Judd in the movie. Said narration was done by having Powell transmit a ham radio broadcast in Los Angeles, California to the filmmakers back in New Zealand.See more »
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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A decent diversion., 11 March 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

"Warlords of the 21st Century", a.k.a. "Battletruck", is fun stuff, if overly reminiscent of the more famous "Mad Max" series (although, truth be told, this was actually filmed *before* "The Road Warrior"). It's competently directed (by Harley Cokeliss), nicely shot (by Oscar winning Chris Menges), and has enough action and futuristic stylings to make it enjoyable viewing. The characters are never fleshed out all that much, but at least in this simplistic script (co- written by Cokeliss), you're never in doubt as to who the good guys and the bad guys are. The acting is solid from most everybody involved. And there are a substantial amount of truly impressive explosions and one hell of an awesome vehicle - the "Battletruck" of the alternate title - to capture ones' attention.

Michael Beck of "The Warriors" stars in this post-apocalypse tale in which oil is a rare and valuable commodity. He comes to the aid of the forlorn Corlie (Annie McEnroe, "The Hand"), who's run away from domineering villain Straker (an effectively one-note James Wainwright). He brings Corlie to a peaceful community known as Clearwater. Unfortunately for the citizens of Clearwater, Straker fully intends to get Corlie back, and so he proceeds to terrorize these people.

The supporting cast features a likable John Ratzenberger (Cliff from 'Cheers') as Clearwater resident Rusty and a very amusing pair of performances from New Zealand native Bruno Lawrence ("Smash Palace", "The Quiet Earth") and Welshman John Bach (the "Lord of the Rings" franchise) as Willie and Bone, Strakers' primary two henchmen. Randy Powell is good as Judd, the kind of guy you "love to hate". Beck is an under-stated hero; McEnroe isn't bad but her character is kind of whiny.

Kevin Peek does the rousing music in this engaging escapist fare, which builds to a pretty good action finale on board the Battletruck. This was filmed in New Zealand and there's lots of amazing scenery along the way.

Most fans of the post-nuke genre will likely have a good time with this.

Seven out of 10.

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