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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)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is the Thunderdome fights in this film inspired the late professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes to propose and introduce a distinctive wrestling match format known as the War Games match. In this type of match, two teams consisting of five wrestlers each fight in a double-joined ring surrounded by locked steel cages. The first two opponents will fight for five minutes before the next wrestler is released from a cell. While it is by convention the next wrestler is chosen by a coin toss or by the ABAB form, usually the wrestler from the heel faction will be released first, in order to generate more heat from the audience. Subsequently a wrestler will be released from his cage after every two minutes. A team can win either by submission, making the opponent quit or knocking out an opponent unconscious (the pinfall victory was allowed much later on), while escaping from the cell results in a disqualification for that team. The match was first premiered in National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) on 4 July 1987 and was held on certain road shows. Between the years from 1993 to 2000 (except 1999), the match was held at World Championship Wrestling (WCW) annually during the start of autumn, at the September PPV event known as Fall Brawl. However, this form of match would not be shown again (while they are format spin-offs introduced during the gap) until being reintroduced on an annual basis in November 2017 (the Saturday before Thanksgiving week) by the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)'s NXT division own PPV NXT:Takeover War Games. See more »

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The sky goes from cloudy to clear in the climactic action scenes. See more »

Quotes

Aunty Entity: Do you know who I was? Nobody. Except on the day after, I was still alive. This nobody had a chance to be somebody.
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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

One of the Living
Written by Holly Knight
Performed by Tina Turner with Device
Produced by Mike Chapman (as Mike Chapman)
Copyright (c) 1985 Makiki Publishing Co. Ltd.
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Underrated
20 April 1999 | by Spaz-11See all my reviews

When I first saw Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, I felt disappointed. It was a letdown from its amazing predecessor. I knew its reputation as an unworthy sequel, but I still realized there was something good about it, something I had never heard from other people's points of view.

It wasn't until some time later when I watched the series a second time that I noticed what it was.

Those who think MMBT is not as exciting as The Road Warrior would be right. But those that think MMBT sucks because it is not as exciting as The Road Warrior would be missing the point. What makes MMBT a worthy sequel is its way of establishing a greater scope of the setting the series takes place in. The dredges of civilization were what set the stage for the series in the original Mad Max. The barren world of desert wastelands and sparse outposts take the idea of a post-apocalyptic world one step further in The Road Warrior. A squalid setting such as Bartertown and an oasis where the tribe of children lived in MMBT once again builds on the elaborate fantasy that makes the series as popular as it is. The final, chilling realization of just what became of civilization in the closing moments of the movie are more than enough explanation as to why the the world the viewer sees in the trilogy is the way it is.

I was too young when I first saw MMBT to understand this. It wouldn't be until I saw it again some time later, with more movie-viewing experience under my belt that I realized that what makes Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome tick is not action set pieces, but a far more subtle approach of atmospheric setting.


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