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Wheels of Fire (1985)

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

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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. One man stands alone against a world gone mad. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Philippines

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Warrior See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Scourge: What's the matter, sweetheart? You don't like my looks?
Arlie: Maybe as a corpse!
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) See more »

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The story of Max Rockatansky's brain damaged cousin
17 February 2004 | by leagueofstruggleSee all my reviews

Max had the V-8, Trace (Wheels of Fires last and only hero) has a jet engine on the back of his car allowing him to make unintentionally humorous faces as he rockets around the halfway desolate wasteland. Be amazed as Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior) is dissected and spliced back together as a new movie albeit filmed in a lackluster manner with bad actors and lousy stunt work.

Why is WoF set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland? Simple, The Road Warrior was! Actually any questions can be answered by: it was that way in the Road Warrior! Except for the out of work mutant actors from the original 60's The Time Machine film that make a cameo appearance for sake of giving the audience some non-vehicular action to chew on for a few minutes.

In typical 80's fashion, all cars driven by bad guys that are bumped or slightly jostled explode in a huge billowing explosion. Inevitably all car chases will happen near convenient cliff sides and cars will unavoidably fall off of them. Along with this 80's cinematic wild ride is the general rampant misogyny in this style of cheapie film. Generally I waited for Trace's rocket powered car to accelerate and shoot flames so there would be another shot of him scrunching up his face like he is supposed to be tough, which comes off more as him looking constipated. Badly choreographed action coupled with bad acting makes this film a true sinker. The unintentional humor value even manages to wear thin.

Rats: Nights of Terror by Bruno Mattei is superior. And that in and of itself is saying a lot! By this count 2020 Texas Gladiators is a cinematic masterpiece compared to Wheels of Fire. A poor Road Warrior knock off that doesn't have near enough cheese factor to make the film watchable.


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