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In a postapocalyptic future, a ruthless vehicular gang called the Highway Warriors is conquering the wasteland through murder and plunder. During a raid, they kidnap the sister of a road warrior named Trace. He brings hell down upon them.

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Cirio H. Santiago

Writers:

Ellen Collett (story), Frederick Bailey (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Watkins ... Trace
Laura Banks ... Stinger
Lynda Wiesmeier ... Arlie
Linda Grovenor ... Spike
Joe Mari Avellana ... Scourge (as Joseph Anderson)
Joseph Zucchero Joseph Zucchero ... Whiz
Jack S. Daniels ... Scag
Steve Parvin Steve Parvin ... Bo
Nigel Hogge Nigel Hogge ... Ambassador
Dennis Cole ... Harlan
Don Gordon Bell ... Robot (as Don Gordon)
Gary Taylor Gary Taylor ... Pug
Linda Drake Linda Drake ... Hazel (as Linda Obalil)
Henry Strzalkowski Henry Strzalkowski ... Sergeant
Debbie Pusa Debbie Pusa ... Scum Woman #1
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Storyline

In a postapocalyptic future, a ruthless vehicular gang called the Highway Warriors is conquering the wasteland through murder and plunder. During a raid, they kidnap the sister of a road warrior named Trace. He brings hell down upon them.

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The Future is now. There are no rules and no place to hide from the deadly Highway Warriors who ravage the roads in machines of destruction. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Warrior See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rodeo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Ving was originally cast to play Scourge, but abruptly left right before shooting started on this film. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, when Trace has the Highway Warriors chasing him, he ambushes them, kills several and hides in a cylindrical abandoned building. While his enemy assaults the front, he escapes and returns to his vehicle and flamethrower. Torching several, he torches the last man, who is blonde when he ducks away from the flame. A second later, as his burning body comes flying out, he's wearing a protective hood, which can be seen quite clearly. See more »

Quotes

Scourge: What's the matter, sweetheart? You don't like my looks?
Arlie: Maybe as a corpse!
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Edited into Water Wars (2014) See more »

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Better than average low-budget Mad Max rip-off film
1 August 2019 | by a_chinnSee all my reviews

Released by Roger Corman's New Concorde studios, this is a darn good rip-off of "The Road Warrior" from prolific Filipino director Cirio H. Santiago. Producer/director Santiago was known for his exploitation films, starting out in the 70s with a series of Blaxploitation films and then in the 80s focusing on low-budget Vietnam War pictures. Here Santiago takes to the desert areas of the Philippines (I never knew there was such a thing or maybe they were rock quarries) for a Max Max ripoff that tells the story of a nasty post-apocalyptic biker gang names the Highway Warriors who kidnap the sister of our hero who vows to bring her back and take the nasty gang down! It's a super cartoony of science fiction and action film, but Santiago knows his way around an action sequence and his film features more car chases than most of the Max Max knockoff, which is a major asset to the film. It also helps that the costumes and cars more closely resemble those from "The Road Warrior" than most of the low-budget knock-offs. The film also features an early score by Christoper Young ("Entrapment" "Swordfish" "Drag Me to Hell") who at this point in his career was scoring low budget exploitation films this, "Def-Con 4," "Avenging Angel" and "The Dorm That Dripped Blood" before moving onto more prestigious of film work. Despite its no-name cast, this was a pretty enjoyable warriors of the wasteland tale and is recommended for fans of this low-budget subgenera.


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