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George Miller lost interest in the project after his friend and producer Byron Kennedy was killed in a helicopter crash while location scouting. That may explain why Miller only handled the action scenes while George Ogilvie handled the rest. The film is dedicated to Byron Kennedy.
Max's eyes are different; the pupil in his left eye is permanently dilated. This is a nod to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981): When his car is forced off the road by Wez and Max crashes, he suffers a severe injury to, among other body parts, his left eye. The disparity is easier to see in close-ups, and VERY easy to see in HD versions of the film. In the regular version, it's most prominent when Max first looks down on the Thunderdome.
The sandstorm at the end of the film was real, and a camera plane actually did fly into it for some shots. The storm in its entirety hit the crew in the desert, forcing them to ride it out in their cars and wherever they could find cover.
The film was originally not a "Mad Max" film, but a post-apocalyptic "Lord of the Flies" film about a tribe of children who are found by an adult. It became the third Mad Max film when George Miller was suggested that Max is the man who finds the children.
The possible outcomes on the Wheel are: - Death - Hard Labour - Acquittal - Gulag - Aunty's Choice - Spin Again - Forfeit Goods - Underworld - Amputation - Life Imprisonment
Max's name is only spoken once in the movie. Just after he meets Master Blaster in underworld. Master says "Me Master" and introduces himself, then Max says "Me Max" and does the same.
Aunty Entity's (Tina Turner) steel mail dress weighed more than 55 kilograms (121 pounds).
The script called for Aunt Entity drive a vehicle. All of the vehicles were built using manual transmissions, which Tina Turner couldn't drive, so a car equipped with an automatic transmission had to be constructed.
Director/Co-Writer George Miller was given the rights to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and this one to get him to step aside as the director of Contact (1997).
Two directors were hired so that George Miller could concentrate on the stunts and action scenes, while George Ogilvie handled the performances of the large cast of actors.
Tina Turner's character is billed as Aunty Entity, but nowhere in the film does anyone call her that. She's always referred to as just Aunty.
In interviews about Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) (a.k.a. "The Road Warrior"), George Miller said that while Max's world was after the collapse of the social/political/economic system we know, it was not post-World War III. However, "Beyond Thunderdome" explicitly is set after WWIII indeed.
The poster art for this film was one of the last done by Richard Amsel.
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 the original Mad Max (1979) where Max's wife playing the saxophone is revealed in the same way.
The first of the series made with American financing. Which explains why American stars like Tina Turner crop up in the film.
Jane Fonda was considered for Aunty Entity.
The film references a novel by Russell Hoban called "Riddley Walker" about a hero traveling in post-apocalyptic England.
Jedidiah's airplane is a Transavia PL-12 'Airtruk', a single-engine agricultural biplane designed by Transavia in Australia. First flown in 1965, around 120 had been built by the time this movie was made.
The only film of the Mad Max franchise to earn a PG-13 rating.
Tina Turner had to shave her head for her wig to fit properly. She had no problem with that.
Max's shotgun differs in this movie from the one he used in Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), which was his duty weapon. This one has exposed hammers and a different grip.
This is the first Mad Max film in which Max actually uses a firearm other than a shotgun. As an MFP officer in Mad Max (1979), Max carries a revolver, but always reaches for a shotgun - including his iconic sawed-off shotgun - when the need for a weapon arises. In Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Max only uses the sawed-off shotgun.
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The film takes place 15 years after the previous film Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), which took place 5 years after the original film, Mad Max (1979). This makes this film take place 20 years after the original.
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There were 600 pigs in Underworld. Buying that many could have hurt the pork market, so they rented them from a pig farmer.
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The working title of the movie, to keep it secret, was Desert World.
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The kids spent 2 months in workshops, learning to hunt, climb, and use primitive weapons.
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It is a popular misbelief that the vehicle Max is seen driving at the beginning and end of the film is based on a Ford F150 pick-up truck. However a modified early to mid 70's model Australian Ford Fairlane ZF-ZG was used as the base vehicle. Although the exterior of the car has been heavily modified, the vehicle is identified through the remaining pieces of the cars interior. These include a curved dashboard and ignition switch along with steering column positioning (common style of Australian Ford model's between the years 1971 to 1976,) Along with the a ZG seat trim and steering wheel. This can be confirmed through close-ups of the interior during the final chase sequence. The ZG Fairlane shares a very similar body style, chassis and engine (351, 5.8 liter V8 Cleveland) to Max's original yellow Interceptor used in "Mad Max." Making all three of the main vehicles used by Max in each film a similar variation of each other (Australian Model Ford V8, mid 70's Sedan,Coupe).
Directorial film debut of George Ogilvie, who shares credits with George Miller. Prior to the film, Ogilvie directed two TV miniseries.
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The vehicles from the movie went on tour in 1985, appearing in car shows around Australia.
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This was Helen Buday's first movie.
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The casting director scoured Australian schools for this tribe of 60 kids, from 20 months to 16 years old.
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All of the pigs in the film foreshadow George Miller's involvement with Babe (1995).
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, Mad Max 2: 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.
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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).
Terry Hayes said that: "Bartertown...is a heightened version of our world [today]."
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It was rumored that the reboot Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) takes place after Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985). However, in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Max is about 40 years old and in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) Max is in his mid 30's.
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Robert Grubbs had worked with Mel Gibson before on Gallipoli (1981).
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Since this movie, the term "Pig Killer" has come to mean "an outcast living on the edge of society."
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Tina Turner previously appeared in Tommy (1975), which also involved a character named 'Captain Walker'.
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The film was considered to be the Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) of the Mad Max trilogy due to the Ewoks appearing in the 2nd act.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Two scenes were cut from the film to bring down the running time. In the first, Max dreams of his murdered wife and son, wakes up and cries. He realises he's become just as bad as the animals he used to hunt down as a cop. The other is Max takes a dying Gekko to the top of a sand dune at night, sees the lights of Bartertown and tells him they've reached Tomorrow-Morrow Land. A few seconds of this scene are included in the music video for Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero."
The film was intended to be the final chapter of the "Mad Max' franchise, with Mel Gibson bowing out of the role of Max and ending with Max regaining his humanity and walking away into the sunset. And so it was, until George Miller made the 4th sequel with Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), 30 years later.
It is unexplained on why Max did not kill Blaster in the film. It's possible, Blaster reminded Max of Benno, the autistic farmhand whom was living at May Swaisey's farm in Mad Max (1979), when Jesse and Sprog were murdered by The Toecutter and his motorcycle gang, or there may had still had been humanity left in Max and Max felt it was wrong and inhuman to kill Blaster, who had Down Syndrome. Some believe that Benno and Blaster are the same character, despite being played by different actors, and it's possible Benno may have survived the nuclear war.
Writer Terry Hayes has said that the filmmakers considered killing Max off.
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We never learn the fate of the Mel Gibson incarnation of Max.
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