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1985 sequel to Mad Max directed by George Miller;George Ogilvie

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - we don't need another hero****

  • Nov 5, 2001
Pros: Gibson & Turner

Cons: none

The Bottom Line: the end of the Mad Max series

The Oracle says: Angelo Rossitto has a Bacon number of 2.
Angelo Rossitto was in Dark, The (1979) with William Devane
William Devane was in Hollow Man (2000) with Kevin Bacon ***

The third and final release of the saga hit both good and bad reviews. Not as action packed as the original release Mad Max and certainly not as brutal as The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome has merits of its own. For one thing, there is Tina Turner who plays the part of Aunt Entity. Tina is one hot look in this production, more resembling her stage persona in Tommy as the Acid Queen.

Max has come to Bartertown to track down some things that were stolen from him and instead unearths much more than he ‘bartered' for when he picks up that ragtag bunch of kids and that broken down bus/train thing. Bartertown is ruled with an iron hand by Aunt Entity, where all disagreements are solved in the Thunderdome, as they chant continuously, "Two go in, one comes out". You get the picture - two warriors enter Thunderdome but only one comes back out. Unfortunately for Max, who has shown remarkable powers that both titillate and aggravate Aunt Entity, he enters the ‘Dome' with a strange creature known as Blaster (Paul Larson).

While in the Dome you are suspended from what I would call large bungee cords, and tools are the weapons of choice. You know, a chain saw here, a sword there, that big club thing with iron spikes on it, that kinda stuff. As you bounce around, you attempt to get your hands on a weapon to fight your opponent. Of course, no one has ever defeated Blaster before, and the onlookers do all in their power to keep Max away from the weapons. Not a fair fight, but these aren't fair times.

Well, as the saying goes ....... ‘Two go in, one comes out' ...... you guess who it is.

There is so much more to say about this movie, the ingenious use of pig excrement for example to power the lighting in Bartertown - there, that's one thing. And the fact that the Blaster rules that part of the kingdom, accompanied by his dwarf like buddy ‘Master' (Angelo Rossitto), who rides on his shoulders and barks out orders. He is one of the shining stars in the movie. The surrounding landscape is still stark and desolate, giving a surreal appearance to the movie. Again, we are forced to stretch our imaginations and think of how the world would evolve when all else is gone but our ingenuity.

Turner, herself, was outstanding. Not only does she appear entirely buff in this production, but she captivates the screen when she is on, much like she does an audience when she performs. She is all legs and attitude in this movie and well worth the watch for her alone.

Gibson still appears fresh and untouched by his new found success. We are finally getting the glimpse of the actor he will become - often quirky and odd, often forceful and placid. I truly think it was the Max series that made me being enjoying his works, although I think his best by far is Man Without A Face.

The obligatory car chase scenes pop up again, because they are expected, but don't have the charm they did in the original release, and certainly not the pizzaz they had in The Road Warrior. Even in unique and unusual movies such as this, things become ho-hum after a while. However, this did not deter from the fine production of the movie, nor did it take away from the power that is Mad Max.

There can only be one - and the fact that they ended after the third production was perfect. It wasn't pounded in the ground like that abysmal Friday the Whatever th series or even Freddie and his scissor hands or Michael and that eerie mask of his. When you have prime cut, leave it be, is my theory.

The budget has expanded and it is no longer floundering on the independent film shelves, as this release was backed by Warner Brothers. Appears Warner knew a good thing when they saw it.

Written and directed by George Miller, he maintains a firm grip on his Mad Max character, and that is just how it should be.

Susi :)

****thanks, Tina

*** Compliments of Department of Computer Science
School of Engineering, University of Virginia


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review by . August 17, 2009
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was a tame action film. Even though it takes place in an even bleaker future, the filmmakers decided to line their pockets by making this one "family friendly (i.e. P.G.-13). What made the other films gritty and nihilistic is missing from this film. Only a few spots but other than that it's just other one of those sequels that morphed into a more mainstream movie (i.e Robocop 3). Needless to say I was very disappointed because when I was much younger I was a huge …
review by . September 23, 2006
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The original concept for MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME didn't even include Mad Max. The original idea was about a group of orphaned children living out in the wild alone and a man who finds them. Then someone came up with the idea of Max being their "savior" and the film soon became a "Mad Max" project.    In MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME, Max is left alone to "die" in the desert. He makes his way through and comes to Bartertown, a city of last resort that has been able to maintain …
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The follow up to Mad Max 2 (aka The Road Warrior).

Final film of the Mad Max trilogy.

The film's theme song performed by Tina Tuner charted at #2 in the US and #3 in the UK.

The only PG rated film of the series.

AlthoughMad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third part of George Miller's post-apocalypticMad Maxtrilogy, is certainly the least of the bunch (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrioris the undisputed masterpiece, and maybe the best action movie ever made), it has still got a good share of imaginative industrial-wasteland-pastiche imagery. And casting Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the queen of Bartertown, was a masterstroke. Mel Gibson's character Max is pitted in a battle to the death against the bizarre Master Blaster in the Thunderdome, flying around on rubbery straps inside a sort of gigantic overturned colander with bloodthirsty spectators clinging to the outside. Miller's producing partner, Byron Kennedy, was killed in a helicopter crash while scouting locations for this film. Miller was devastated, only agreeing to direct the action sequences--and, somehow, you feel his heart wasn't entirely in it.--Jim Emerson
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Director: George Miller
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: July 10, 1985
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: July 30, 1997
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros
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