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The Road Warrior (1981)

Mad Max 2 (original title)
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In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.

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George Miller

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Terry Hayes (screenplay by), George Miller (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Max
Bruce Spence ... The Gyro Captain
Michael Preston ... Pappagallo (as Mike Preston)
Max Phipps ... The Toadie
Vernon Wells ... Wez
Kjell Nilsson ... The Humungus
Emil Minty ... The Feral Kid
Virginia Hey ... Warrior Woman
William Zappa ... Zetta
Arkie Whiteley Arkie Whiteley ... The Captain's Girl
Steve J. Spears Steve J. Spears ... Mechanic
Syd Heylen Syd Heylen ... Curmudgeon
Moira Claux Moira Claux ... Big Rebecca
David Downer David Downer ... Nathan
David Slingsby David Slingsby ... Quiet Man
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Storyline

A former Australian policeman now living in the post-apocalyptic Australian outback as a warrior agrees to help a community of survivors living in a gasoline refinery to defend them and their gasoline supplies from evil barbarian warriors. Written by Daniel Williamson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Ruthless... Savage... Spectacular See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 847,220 (Australia), 31 December 1981, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,527,864, 23 May 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,465,371
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints) (as Dolby Stereo)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The story was influenced by Shane (1953). That movie is about a lone stranger who saves a town from a problem that had nothing to do with him. Max's bonding with The Feral Kid is a nod to that film. See more »

Goofs

During the final chase, Pappagallo is killed when Humungous hurls a triple-bladed 'harpoon' into his back, right between his shoulder blades. At the time, Pappagallo was driving the Lone Wolf; the vehicle's rear cowl rose higher than the top of his head. In order for the area between his shoulder blades to have been exposed, Pappagallo would have to have been standing up in the driver's seat. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: My life fades. The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of chaos... ruined dreams... this wasted land. But most of all, I remember The Road Warrior. The man we called "Max." To understand who he was, you have to go back to another time... when the world was powered by the black fuel... and the desert sprouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now... swept away. For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war, and touched off a blaze ...
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Alternate Versions

Slightly censored when first released in the US, but released uncut abroad. The uncut version has several more seconds of Wez pulling the arrow out of his arm, and a few more seconds of Wez' partner lying on the ground with the boomerang embedded in his head. This footage was restored to the US Blu-Ray release. See more »

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Referenced in Video Buck: Cazadores del futuro (2015) See more »

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Happy Birthday
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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This stirring movie in comic-strip style is packed with unbelievable car stunts, thrills, chills and noisy action
28 February 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Violent movie about a futuristic road-warrior cop with high-velocity action and kinetic energy .This classic is set a few years from now, a dangerous, desolate post-industrial world of the future where rules the strongest law . It concerns about the ex-police named Max (Mel Gibson), some cutthroats and revenge takes place. The nasties attack , rape, ravage to hapless and unfortunates. But vengeance will be terrible against some bands of depraved crazies thirsty for blood on high facility roads. A group (commanded by Mike Preston) located at an oil fortress is besieged by motorised warlords looking for fuel and they'll have to fight against the cutthroats, a band of depraved crazies (Vernon Welles and several others) thirsty for blood and survive some battles to-the-death with lots of blood and gore, including throating-slit ,beheading, impaling and blow up.

This exciting picture packs kinetic action , thrills, chills, shocks and abundant violence. Spectacular stunt-work plenty of motorcycle races, cars with bounds and leaps and explosions . Top-notch Mel Gibson as revenger angel at one of his first main roles, he embarks a spectacular escape against vicious murderous. Rumbling and screeching musical score fitting to action by Brian May. Special and weird futuristic atmosphere created by cameraman Dean Semler who reflects splendidly the barren outdoors. The motion picture is stunningly directed by George Miller, author of the excellent post-apocalypse ¨Mad Max¨ trilogy along with the writer and producer Byron Kennedy. It's followed by ¨Mad Max beyond Thunderdome¨ with Tina Turner, George Ogilvie, Frank Thring and again Bruce Spence as sympathetic helicopter pilot. In addition, numerous imitations as the recent ¨Doomsday¨(2008, Neal Marshall), rip offs, and exploitations ,especially Italians products. Rating : Good, better than average, this is one of the most successful Aussie movie of all time. This remarkable action film will appeal to Science Fiction buffs. Rating : 8'5, Above average. Well worth watching.


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