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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1985 (USA)
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After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Mad Max Rockatansky
Bruce Spence ... Jedediah the Pilot
Adam Cockburn Adam Cockburn ... Jedediah Jr.
Tina Turner ... Aunty Entity
Frank Thring ... The Collector
Angelo Rossitto ... The Master
Paul Larsson ... The Blaster
Angry Anderson ... Ironbar
Robert Grubb ... Pig Killer
George Spartels ... Blackfinger
Edwin Hodgeman ... Dr. Dealgood
Bob Hornery Bob Hornery ... Waterseller
Andrew Oh ... Ton Ton Tattoo
Ollie Hall Ollie Hall ... Aunty's Guard
Lee Rice Lee Rice ... Aunty's Guard
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Storyline

Bartertown is a city on the edge of a desert that has managed to retain some technology if no civilization. Max has his supplies stolen and must seek shelter there in a post apocalyptic world where all machines have begun to break down and barbarians hold what is left. He becomes involved in a power struggle in this third Mad Max film where he must first survive the town, survive the desert and then rescue the innocent children he has discovered. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Max is back...and Tina's got him! See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,283,714, 17 July 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$36,200,000
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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 F-150. However, a modified early to mid '70s 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 cubic inch, (5.7 liter) Cleveland V8] 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 '70s Sedan, Coupe). See more »

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As Max is waiting in line to talk to the Collector, Ironbar enters with the Imperial Guard. At screen right is the blonde female guard. A few moments later she's standing behind the Collector as he talks to Max. Then when the knife-twirling guard starts his routine, the female guard is again standing with the guards at screen right. See more »

Quotes

Pigkiller: [sees that Max has discovered Blaster's weakness] Mr., who are ya?
Max: No-one
Pigkiller: What's your name?
Max: Nobody.
Pigkiller: No Mr., I can feel it! The dice are rollin'!
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Alternate Versions

Scenes filmed but cut from the final film: Max comforting the dying Ghekko while facing Bartertown from the desert dunes and telling him it's Tomorrowmorrow land (this scene can be glimpsed in the Tina Turner video for We Don't Need Another Hero.) Max waking in Crack in Earth in the middle of the night and remembering his wife Jessie and crying, realising he is no better than the people he has hunted for so long. See more »

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Soundtracks

We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
Written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle
Performed by Tina Turner
Produced by Terry Britten
Copyright (c) 1985 Good Single Music Ltd. & My Axe Music Ltd.
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Too unconvincing, excessive and messy to really be enjoyable or engaging
19 April 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When he is attacked and robbed of his animals, Max Rockatansky follows his attackers to Bartertown – a den of deceit and violence that is made possible thanks to the methane power source from pigs kept underground. Bartertown may be ruled above ground by Aunty Entity but the real owner is Master Blaster – a team of two men who control the power supply. In exchange for his goods, Aunty offers Max a deal where he will challenge Blaster to a fight in the town's duelling arena and kill him –thus removing the muscle and putting Master under Aunty's control. Max accepts, although he rightly suspects that he will be the next to be betrayed.

At least one reviewer on this site has said that the reason people dislike this film is because it is about the start of a new world whereas the other two Mad Max films were about the end of the world as we know it. Sadly I believe he is mistaken because I think the reason people dislike this film is because it is messy, excessive, unconvincing (even within the apocalyptic situation it makes no sense) and just isn't really any good. The plot swings between an excessive violent society at the start, to a child colony in the middle to a big noisy chase scene right at the end. In terms of the narrative that connects this all, don't worry about that because it doesn't really work and just feels very episodic throughout – making it messy and uninteresting. It is unconvincing and, although I accept that the entire film is fantasy, you gotta wonder where all the excesses and such came from and how we were supposed to buy into it; hell, a fuel blockade by lorry drivers brought the UK to its knees a few years ago but yet we're suppose to believe this? The apocalyptic here lacks imagination and just feels like the sort of thing that exists in an art director's mind rather than something that convinces.

The episodic feel isn't helped by the rambling, pointless dialogue associated with the children – it tries to have a mysticism that nothing else in the film has worked to deserve; however it could be helped by developing Max better. If he was a strong lynch pin holding all these bits and pieces together then it would matter less but he isn't – he is just a grunting rock that doesn't really have a character to speak of and I had little or no interest in him at all – even when he becomes "caring and sharing" I didn't care because I had had nothing to work with up till that point. Turner is not terrible but she doesn't really act and just sort of swans around in an unconvincing manner. In that regard she is like the majority of the cast, who don't really give the performances – whether it e the clunky child actors or the grunting brutes that are just stunt fodder. The stunts are OK and the final chase provides some distraction but without really caring about the plot or the characters, I found it hard to get into any action.

Overall a disappointing film whose core failing is the lack of a convincing new world. The film feels episodic and lacks anything to hold it together. Throwing a lot of cars around at the end does provide some distraction but by then it was too late for me and the whole thing was clunky, pointless and surprisingly uninteresting.


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