Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Movie Review

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Two men enter. One man leaves.
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Max meets the children from the Crack in the Earth


Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Angelo Rossitto

Paul Larsson, Adam Cockburn, Frank Thring, Angry Anderson, Robert Grubb, George Spartels, Edwin Hodgeman, Bob Hornery, Andrew Oh, Ollie Hall, Lee Rice, Max Worrall, Susan Leonard, Robert Simper, Virginia Wark, Geeling Ng Update Cast

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Before the fight between Max and Blaster begins, Max is referred to as "The Man With No Name." This is a reference to a character played by Clint Eastwood in the classic "Dollars" trilogy in the '60s and also a tribute to Toshiro Mifune's character in the samurai movies "Yojimbo" and "Sanjuro," which were actually the inspiration for Clint Eastwood's character in the "Dollars" trilogy.

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AKA: Mad Max 3.

“Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” the third installment in the ever-popular "Mad Max" series, takes the legendary action hero to a Casablanca-like town called Bartertown, where he is chosen to face off with the guy who runs the place in a huge bowl-shaped dome called 'Thunderdome'.

As the movie opens, Max (Mel Gibson) is driving camels in the wasteland, when suddenly, he is attacked and stripped of his camels and the vehicle they were pulling. Left to die in the middle of nowhere, Max comes across the infamous Bartertown, a town built by Aunty Entity (Tina Turner), a dominatrix who promises to give the camels back to Max if he can take out a muscular warrior called Blaster (Paul Larsson) in the dreaded Thunderdome, a caged arena shaped like a bowl where all fights are to the death and consists of only one rule: Two men enter. One man leaves.

While every person who previously tried out for Thunderdome failed to even survive the audition, Max comes along and plays the game. Being the first to survive the audition, Max makes a deal with Aunty and agrees to fight Blaster.

Max knows Blaster’s weakness, but when the fight begins, it seems that Max is going to get beaten, but he eventually strikes back with what looks like an unexpected victory. However, Max discovers that the deal he made with Aunty was not fair and he abruptly quits with both opponents still alive.

Since Max has broken the law of Thunderdome, he now faces a wheel which determines his punishment. The wheel lands on Gulag, so Max is banished from Bartertown and finds himself lost in the desert and passes out.

When Max wakes up, he finds himself in a small village inhabited by a group of children who survived the nuclear holocaust, where he is said to be their savior Captain Walker, but Max sets the record straight and tells them that he is not Captain Walker, but also tells them about Bartertown, so the kids leave their village and head for the infamous town with Max closely following them, determined to get the best of Aunty once and for all.

Like the other two Mad Max films, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” climaxes with another apocalypse-on-wheels chase sequence, resulting in a pure adrenaline race to the finish. In addition, “Thunderdome” has one of the most memorable fight scenes in movie history and proves that nobody who messes with Mad Max gets away with it.

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Though many critics consider “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” the weakest of the Mad Max movies, it became the most successful. Mel Gibson’s third portrayal of Max is as explosive as ever.

A very memorable fight scene between Max and Blaster. Mel Gibson is very good here.
The climaxing chase sequence is not as interesting this time around.

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Key Crew

Director: George Miller (II), George Ogilvie
Writer: Terry Hayes, George Miller
Producers: Steve Amezdroz, Marcus D'Arcy, Terry Hayes, George Miller, Doug Mitchell
Locations Manager: George Mannix

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Release Date: 10 Jul 1985
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Studio: Warner Bros.
Production: Kennedy Miller Productions
Genre: Action / Adventure

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