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Tank Girl (1995)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  31 March 1995 (USA)
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Based on the British cult comic-strip, our tank-riding anti-heroine fights a mega-corporation, which controls the world's water supply.



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Tank Girl (Rebecca) and her friends are the only remaining citizens living in the wasteland that is Earth, where all the remaining water is controlled by Water and Power, the mega corporation/government that runs the territory. While incarcerated at W + P, Tank Girl and her new friend Jet Girl break out and steal... a tank and a jet. After meeting some mutant kangaroo/humans, and rescuing her little girl (adopted by her friends), the kangaroos and the girls kick Water and Powers' butt. Written by David Flaherty <>

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In 2033, justice rides a tank and wears lip gloss


Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Devojka tenk  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


£430,230 (UK) (14 July 1995)

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2.35 : 1
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According to director Rachel Talalay, there was approximately about an hour of footage that was cut out of the movie. Some of the scenes which were deleted are;
  • Original opening scene showing comet crashing into the Earth and Rebecca as a young girl who survives by hiding inside the trailer but her parents die in crash.

  • Another deleted scene from original opening showing old lady sand hermit digging up a bottle of water, dancing and drinking from it when Water & Power pilot shows up, brutally shoots her dead and takes the water before he is killed by Ripper. Rebecca witnesses all this on her buffalo. Couple parts of this deleted scene can be seen in trailers for the movie.

  • Rebecca getting stoned in her room while listening to some music and talking with her first boyfriend Richard. Scene was cut by MGM because it showed huge dildo collection that Rebecca had in her room.

  • Dialogue between Kesslee and Rebecca when they first meet was slightly different. MGM made director to use the TV version of one line of dialogue. "If you wanna torture, spank me, ..." was originally "fuck me" which got changed to "lick me".

  • Cold Room scene was longer and it included more dialogue between Kesslee and Rebecca. She asked him to get her some juice and croissants and he shoot her up with cholera. In another deleted scene following this one, after leaving her sicken awhile Kesslee returns and asks her will she give in and be a good little prisoner. In the same scene he also gives her some water which she spits in his face, which is why he puts her in the pipe. Even though test audience loved this scene MGM forced director to butcher it and to have more shots of Malcolm McDowell because they thought that Lori Petty looked ugly in this scene.

  • Sub Girl character also had a bigger role in both original script and cut but in post production her role was extremely shortened and turned into cameo. There was a scene showing her building the sand-submarine which she used in original ending when she arrives at Water & Power and helps Rebecca and others by freeing the prisoners.

  • In the MedBay, line of dialogue by Kesslee; "You see the glass half empty, I prefer to see it half full" was added later. The original line was "Doctor, about those pain killers, maybe you should take them yourself".

  • There were a few additional scenes with Sgt. Small including what director called "a really stupid running joke about him being soaked by the waterfall curtain in Kesslee's office". In the movie you can see him get soaked by waterfall curtain in scene where he brings Che'tsai to Kesslee soon after he got his arm ripped and face mutilated by Rippers.

  • "Let's Do it" singing and dancing scene was disliked by audience during test screenings which is why it kept getting cut shorter and shorter. Some of the deleted parts are; Sam is the first one who starts singing and ends it by grabbing the guard's guns. Jet singing, at first she is really shy then starts to be really wild. Rebecca doing a real Sid Vicious type singing to screaming dancing fans.

  • Scene where Rebecca chases the Water & Power truck with her tank had lot more gags, like Rebecca using her squirt gun and putting a condom on a banana before throwing it at the guard. Line "You guys can't shoot" by Rebecca was also added later, but director hated it like all other voiceover and dialogue changes that studio forced into the final cut.

  • T-Saint goes to Booga's room to wake him up only to find him and Rebecca sleeping together after they had sex. Scene was deleted because studio thought it was way too bestial. Stan Winston and his crew made a full body Ripper suit and $5,000 worth prosthetic 12 inch penis specially for this scene.

  • Original ending with Sub Girl showing up in her battle sand-sub and freeing the Water & Power prisoners. Then when everyone are outside it finally starts to rain.

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[first lines]
Tank Girl: Listen up, cause I'm only telling you this once. I'm not bedtime story lady, so pay attention. It's 2033. The world is *screwed* now. You see, a while ago this humongous comet came crashing into the earth. Bam, total devastation. End of the world as we know it. No celebrities, no cable TV, no water. It hasn't rained in 11 years. Now 20 people gotta squeeze inside the same bathtub - so it ain't all bad.
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great comic fun!!
24 September 2000 | by (Pretoria, South Africa) – See all my reviews

Okay so not all people are comic lovers and neither am I. But this movie is wonderful fun. So maybe being male I find the girl more entertaining than necessary but it is still funny. One should not forget that this movie is based on a comic strip and therefor very simple and (slightly)predictable. There is no deep story here. It is a movie to watch with friends and enjoy the music(Bjork, Portishead, etc) and glib retorts of tank girl herself. Why the low ratings?? Maybe people just don't appreciate the humour and subtle jokes. Like the buffalo being a water buffalo! Think about it, it is very funny in context. This movie is a must-see cult classic. So maybe not Malcolm Macdowell's best(that is clockwork orange). Enjoy!

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