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(1982)

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Director/co-writer Harley Cokeliss came up with the story when he was living in Los Angeles in 1975. He was inspired by the mid-'70s oil shortage and the size of the huge oil trucks transporting gasoline to various stations in the Los Angeles area.
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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.
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Due to budgetary considerations, a key battle scene was scrapped in favor of a scene where a rocket launcher that had been hidden is revealed.
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The film went ahead in January of 1981 after director 'Harley Cokliss' had hooked up with producer Lloyd Phillips, who would recommend the New Zealand location.
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Director Harley Cokeliss' son Barney Cokeliss is one of the children listening to the reading of "Cinderella".
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The top speed of the battletruck was 65 km per hour; it was the largest motorized film prop ever built in New Zealand.
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John Vernon was also considered for the role of Straker.
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This film was shot in seven weeks.
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Michael Beck didn't have to audition for his role as Hunter.
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Ed Harris was interviewed for the lead role of Hunter.
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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.
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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.
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Director Cameo 

Harley Cokeliss: One of the "dirt eating" scavengers killed by Straker's men in a field.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The destruction of the battletruck was filmed with six cameras.
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