Down 207 this week

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  10 July 1985 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 94,765 users   Metascore: 80/100
Reviews: 189 user | 113 critic | 12 from Metacritic.com

After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.

Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston
Mad Max (1979)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Lethal Weapon (1987)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue an arms dealer who is a former LAPD officer.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
RoboCop (1987)
Action | Crime | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine
Predator (1987)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall
Total Recall (1990)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he?

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside
Waterworld (1995)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Dennis Hopper
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with a deadly Chinese crimelord trying to get his brother out of prison.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci


Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Cockburn ...
Angelo Rossitto ...
Paul Larsson ...
Angry Anderson ...
Edwin Hodgeman ...
Bob Hornery ...
Andrew Oh ...
Ollie Hall ...
Lee Rice ...


Bartertown is a city on the edge of a desert that has managed to retain some technology if no civilization. Max has his supplies stolen and must seek shelter there in a post apocalyptic world where all machines have begun to break down and barbarians hold what is left. He becomes involved in a power struggle in this third Mad Max film where he must first survive the town, survive the desert and then rescue the innocent children he has discovered. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A lone warrior searching for his destiny...a tribe of lost children waiting for a hero...in a world battling to survive, they face a woman determined to rule. See more »


PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

10 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome  »

Box Office


$12,305,523 (estimated)


$36,200,000 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The poster art for this film was one of the last done by Richard Amsel. See more »


When Max "parks" his weapons, we hear the sound of 15 separate items (counting the shotgun shells as one item) hitting the counter, yet when he's finished, there are only about 7 items in the pile. Also, he puts his shotgun down second, on the right side of the counter. It immediately disappears for several shots and then reappears on the left side. See more »


Max: I don't know anything about methane.
Aunty Entity: You can shovel shit can't you?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Dedication: "...for Byron" See more »


Follows Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) See more »


Toreador Song
from 'Carmen' (uncredited)
By Georges Bizet
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Too unconvincing, excessive and messy to really be enjoyable or engaging
19 April 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When he is attacked and robbed of his animals, Max Rockatansky follows his attackers to Bartertown – a den of deceit and violence that is made possible thanks to the methane power source from pigs kept underground. Bartertown may be ruled above ground by Aunty Entity but the real owner is Master Blaster – a team of two men who control the power supply. In exchange for his goods, Aunty offers Max a deal where he will challenge Blaster to a fight in the town's duelling arena and kill him –thus removing the muscle and putting Master under Aunty's control. Max accepts, although he rightly suspects that he will be the next to be betrayed.

At least one reviewer on this site has said that the reason people dislike this film is because it is about the start of a new world whereas the other two Mad Max films were about the end of the world as we know it. Sadly I believe he is mistaken because I think the reason people dislike this film is because it is messy, excessive, unconvincing (even within the apocalyptic situation it makes no sense) and just isn't really any good. The plot swings between an excessive violent society at the start, to a child colony in the middle to a big noisy chase scene right at the end. In terms of the narrative that connects this all, don't worry about that because it doesn't really work and just feels very episodic throughout – making it messy and uninteresting. It is unconvincing and, although I accept that the entire film is fantasy, you gotta wonder where all the excesses and such came from and how we were supposed to buy into it; hell, a fuel blockade by lorry drivers brought the UK to its knees a few years ago but yet we're suppose to believe this? The apocalyptic here lacks imagination and just feels like the sort of thing that exists in an art director's mind rather than something that convinces.

The episodic feel isn't helped by the rambling, pointless dialogue associated with the children – it tries to have a mysticism that nothing else in the film has worked to deserve; however it could be helped by developing Max better. If he was a strong lynch pin holding all these bits and pieces together then it would matter less but he isn't – he is just a grunting rock that doesn't really have a character to speak of and I had little or no interest in him at all – even when he becomes "caring and sharing" I didn't care because I had had nothing to work with up till that point. Turner is not terrible but she doesn't really act and just sort of swans around in an unconvincing manner. In that regard she is like the majority of the cast, who don't really give the performances – whether it e the clunky child actors or the grunting brutes that are just stunt fodder. The stunts are OK and the final chase provides some distraction but without really caring about the plot or the characters, I found it hard to get into any action.

Overall a disappointing film whose core failing is the lack of a convincing new world. The film feels episodic and lacks anything to hold it together. Throwing a lot of cars around at the end does provide some distraction but by then it was too late for me and the whole thing was clunky, pointless and surprisingly uninteresting.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I can see why Mad Max 1 & 2 fans hate this, but I like it anyway kgb383
Do I skip this? mariposa-nudrath
Why Tina Turner? stevewyzard
Mel's opinion of the movie speccy1
Master Blaster johny_walker_blacklabel
Why Mad Max 1/2 will out live 3 andyk888
Discuss Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page