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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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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 <>

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Release Date:

10 July 1985 (USA)  »

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$12,305,523 (estimated)


$36,200,000 (USA)

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One of the Living
Written by Holly Knight
Performed by Tina Turner with Device
Produced by Michael Chapman (as Mike Chapman)
Copyright (c) 1985 Makiki Publishing Co. Ltd.
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I can't believe how low the imdb rating is on this film!
23 May 2000 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Sure it's probably the least good of the Mad Max films, but it is still entertaining as heck! It is maybe a little more Hollywood (which is a bad thing) than the first two. The music is overbearing at times, and some of the attempts at jokes were very cheap and American blockbusterish.

One of the main faults that has to be sited with this one is that the last thirty minutes or so are basically taken straight from The Road Warrior. The car chase and then the speech about how a stranger helped them establish a new society were taken right out of the 2nd installment.

It still is very creative, and the action has a wonderful momentum. I love the whole society that finds Max in the desert. I loved the recitation of their foundation, and I loved their dialect. I loved Masterblaster. And Tina Turner was actually cool, too. 8/10

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