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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1985 (USA)
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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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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 »


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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$36,200,000 (USA)
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When Max first meets Aunty, a saxophone is heard playing, the camera then reveals that the music is not the soundtrack, but happening within the movie itself, as One of Aunty's men is playing it. This is a nod to Mad Max (1979), where Max's wife, playing the saxophone, is revealed in the same way. See more »

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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 »

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Pigkiller: Remember: no matter where you go, there you are.
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Dedication: "...for Byron" See more »

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We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle
Performed by Tina Turner
Produced by Terry Britten
Copyright (c) 1985 Good Single Music Ltd. & My Axe Music Ltd.
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20 April 1999 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

When I first saw Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, I felt disappointed. It was a letdown from its amazing predecessor. I knew its reputation as an unworthy sequel, but I still realized there was something good about it, something I had never heard from other people's points of view.

It wasn't until some time later when I watched the series a second time that I noticed what it was.

Those who think MMBT is not as exciting as The Road Warrior would be right. But those that think MMBT sucks because it is not as exciting as The Road Warrior would be missing the point. What makes MMBT a worthy sequel is its way of establishing a greater scope of the setting the series takes place in. The dredges of civilization were what set the stage for the series in the original Mad Max. The barren world of desert wastelands and sparse outposts take the idea of a post-apocalyptic world one step further in The Road Warrior. A squalid setting such as Bartertown and an oasis where the tribe of children lived in MMBT once again builds on the elaborate fantasy that makes the series as popular as it is. The final, chilling realization of just what became of civilization in the closing moments of the movie are more than enough explanation as to why the the world the viewer sees in the trilogy is the way it is.

I was too young when I first saw MMBT to understand this. It wouldn't be until I saw it again some time later, with more movie-viewing experience under my belt that I realized that what makes Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome tick is not action set pieces, but a far more subtle approach of atmospheric setting.


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