A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
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
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In Australia this film is simply referred to as Mad Max 3. There are four films in the series. Mad Max (1979) is the first in the series. The second film, The Road Warrior (1981), was released in the United States as simply The Road Warrior (released and referred to as Mad Max 2 in Australia, where it is still referred to under this title). It was not marketed as a Mad Max film upon its American release, for fear of its foreign credentials hurting its US box office. This has caused confusion for Americans who thought it was just a stand alone film, but it is definitely the second in the Mad Max Film Franchise, all produced and directed by George Miller. IMDB now lists the second film as "Mad Max 2 : The Road Warrior", which helps to explain its shared confusing history. In fact, Quentin Tarantino, a teenager when it was released, accidentally calls it "The Road Warrior" before correcting himself and calling it "Mad Max 2" in the documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008), which explored Australian exploitation cinema. The recently released Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is the fourth in the series and the first film in the franchise to not star Mel Gibson. See more »
When Max walks in the desert, we see him holding the monkey at his chest. However, when he abruptly falls, there is no sign of the monkey jumping from him, but we then see it alive and safe at the children's cave. See more »
[giving instructions to Mad Max and Blaster prior to their battle]
Thunderdome's simple. Get to the weapons, use them any way you can. I know you won't break the rules, because there aren't any.
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Who could not love this movie? It's got more imagination than five average postbomb flicks, incredible visual design, enough alternate societies with enough backstory apiece for three more movies (including an aboriginal clan who look like Peter Pan's Lost Boys and speak a dialect you'll be copying for days after you see it), car chases, amazing costumes, one of the most original death-duel sequences ever, Tina Turner, *and* Mel Gibson! I mean, goddamn, what more do you want? I personally want another movie just set in Bartertown AND a movie that follows what happens to Anna Goanna and her clan, and they don't even have to have Mel Gibson in them - that's how rich I think the imaginative depth of this movie is. I like it more every time I see it. Genuinely something special.
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