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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1985 (USA)
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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.
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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>

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Release Date:

10 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$36,200,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The kids assume Max to be the savior who brings them to the civilization known as "Tomorrow-morrow Land." The film Tomorrowland (2015) released just one week after the next installment Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). See more »


During the opening scene as Max is knocked off his vehicle, there are visible tire tracks in the sand in front of the vehicle. See more »


Max: How long are you in for?
Pigkiller: The big one. Life.
Max: For killing a pig?
Pigkiller: I had to feed the kids. Ah, it doesn't bother me. Down here, life's two, three years.
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Dedication: "...for Byron" See more »


Spoofed in Babe: Pig in the City (1998) See more »


One of the Living
Written by Holly Knight
Performed by Tina Turner with Device
Produced by Mike Chapman (as Mike Chapman)
Copyright (c) 1985 Makiki Publishing Co. Ltd.
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Max Rockatansky and the Goonie feral gang.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Even allowing for my unabashed love of the first two films in the franchise, and sweeping away any sort of biased leanings I might of had for the character of Max, I just can't bring myself to rate at average this cartoonery waste of space that so nearly soils what had gone before it.

Gone is the rugged nasty streak that brought feeling to the character Mad Max Rockatansky, gone is the impacting feeling of desolation in an apocalyptic world, and more crucially, gone is director George Miller's passion for the franchise. The dreadful score matches the cartoon heart of the film, it seems that the makers didn't really know what to do with the amount of cash given to make this third {and thankfully last} instalment. Sure the stunts are spot on {to be expected by now}, and of course Miller manages to paint a barren desert landscape by purely lifting from what he has done before. Yet he clearly struggled for fresh ideas with the action since The Road Warrior's crowning glory of the Petrol Tanker pursuit is replicated here, only he uses a train instead!!.

It's just a very poor show that may have seemed like an ambitious turn of events back in the mid 1980s; but when viewing the three films together now, Thunderdome just comes across as a director losing his edgy approach whilst sadly getting caught between the mix of comedy and fantasy action. And the truth is that neither of those genre slants would have worked singularly, in the context of this series, anyway. I give the film 3/10 purely for one real good Thunderdome fight sequence, while the stunt men here deserve some credit at the very least. But this is the third time I have tried to like this film, and as glutton for punishment as I undoubtedly am, I wont be trying again, ever.

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