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About 15 years after the events of Mad Max 2, nuclear war has finally destroyed what little was left of civilization. Grizzled and older, former cop Max Mel Gibson roams the Australian desert in a camel-drawn vehicle -- until father-and-son thieves Jebediah Sr. Bruce Spence and Jr. Adam Cockburn use their jury-rigged airplane to steal his possessions and means of transportation. Max soon winds up in Bartertown, a cesspool of post-apocalyptic capitalism powered by methane-rich pig manure and overseen by two ...
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About 15 years after the events of Mad Max 2, nuclear war has finally destroyed what little was left of civilization. Grizzled and older, former cop Max Mel Gibson roams the Australian desert in a camel-drawn vehicle -- until father-and-son thieves Jebediah Sr. Bruce Spence and Jr. Adam Cockburn use their jury-rigged airplane to steal his possessions and means of transportation. Max soon winds up in Bartertown, a cesspool of post-apocalyptic capitalism powered by methane-rich pig manure and overseen by two competing overlords, Aunty Entity Tina Turner and Master Angelo Rossitto, a crafty midget who rides around on the back of his hulking underling, Blaster Paul Larsson. Seeking to re-equip himself, Max strikes a deal with the haughty Aunty to kill Blaster in ritualized combat inside Thunderdome, a giant jungle gym where Bartertown's conflicts are played out in a postmodern update of blood and circuses. Although Max manages to fell the mighty Blaster, he refuses to kill him after realizing the brute is actually a retarded boy. Aunty's henchmen murder Blaster nonetheless, then punish Max for violating the law that "Two men enter, one man leaves." Lashed to the back of a hapless pack animal and sent out into a sandstorm, a near-death Max is rescued by a band of tribal children and teens. The descendants of the victims of an airplane crash, the kids inhabit a lush valley and wait for the day when Captain Walker, the plane's pilot, will return to lead them back to civilization. Some of the children, refusing to believe that Max isn't Walker and that the glorious cities of their mythology no longer exist, set off in search of civilization on their own. Max and three tribe members must then rescue their friends from Bordertown and the clutches of Aunty Entity -- a quest that ends in a lengthy desert chase sequence that echoes the first two Mad Max films. Spence also appeared in Mad Max 2 in a different role, that of the Gyro Captain.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Production Notes; Theatrical Trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it's slicker and more hopeful than the low-budget original (and its equally nihilistic follow-up), the third Mad Max offering is still an entertaining sci-fi-action flick with breathtaking production design and a script and cast that back it up. George Miller, writer/director of the first two films, teams with co-director George Ogilvie for the most visually elaborate entry in the series, delineating his film's competing post-apocalyptic societies with a deftness and density that other science fiction storytellers should study. Despite his newfound scruples -- sparing the life of a gladiator with Down's syndrome and aiding a band of feral children -- Mel Gibson's titular protagonist is still an engagingly gritty hero. In addition to his now well-honed leather-n-guns schtick, here Gibson also gets to show off the game sense of humor that would characterize his later blockbusters, including the Lethal Weapon films. Tina Turner makes a sublimely campy villain, clad in low-cut chain mail and some serious horns. Barking orders in that distinctively gruff voice, the soul survivor takes care to strike bad-girl poses that show off her famous legs to good advantage. Despite the strong leads, though, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome would fall apart if not for the supporting characters, costumes, and settings that bring the post-nuclear outback vividly to life. From an underground pig dung factory to an idyllic valley to a desiccated frontier town, the sets look great. As for the performers, veterans as varied as horror-flick bit-part champ Angelo Rossitto and venerable Aussie thespian Frank Thring get to blend quirky character acting and far-out costumes into a truly memorable rogues' gallery. The film's chase sequences can't match those from the previous films, while the good-guy Max and the film's hopeful finale alienated some fans of the franchise. But as a stand-alone action extravaganza with a Hollywood touch, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome delivers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • UPC: 883929076383
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Mad Max
Tina Turner Aunty Entity
Angelo Rossitto The Master
Helen Buday Savannah Nix
Bruce Spence Jedediah
Rod Zuanic Scrooloose
Frank Thring The Collector
Angry Anderson Ironbar
Paul Larsson The Blaster
Adam Cockburn Jedediah Jr.
Alison Barrett
Ben Chesterman Gatherer
Heilan Robertson Gatherer
James Robertson Little One
Kate Tartar Gatherer
Robert Grubb Pigkiller
George Spartels Blackfinger
Edwin Hodgeman Dr. Dealgood
Bob Hornery Waterseller
Andrew Oh Ton Ton Tattoo
Ollie Hall Aunty's Guard
Lee Rice Aunty's Guard
Max Worrall Aunty's Guard
Susan Leonard Aunty's Guard
Robert Simper Aunty's Guard
Virginia Wark Aunty's Guard
Ray Turnbull Aunty's Guard
Geeling Aunty's Guard
Gerard Armstrong Aunty's Guard
Mark Spain Mr. Skyfish
Mark Kounnas Gekko
Justine Clarke Anna Goanna
Shane Tickner Eddie
Toni Allaylis Cusha, the Pregnant Girl
James Wingrove Tubba Tintye
Adam Scougall Finn McCoo
Tom Jennings Slake
Gerry D'Angelo Hunter
Travis Latter Hunter
Miguel Lopez Hunter
Paul Daniel Hunter
Tushka Hose Guardian
Emily Stocker Guardian
Sandy Lillingston Guardian
Adam Willits Mr. Scratch
Liam Nikkinen Gatherer
Christopher Norton Gatherer
Katharine Cullen Gatherer
Gabriel Dilworth Gatherer
Hugh Sands Gatherer
Rebekah Elmaloglou Gatherer
Marion Sands Gatherer
Shari Flood Gatherer
Rachael Graham Gatherer
Emma Howard Gatherer
Tarah Williams Gatherer
Joanna McCarroll Gatherer
Daniel Willits Gatherer
Toby Messiter Gatherer
Tonya Wright Gatherer
Amanda Nikkinen Little One
Flynn Kenney Little One
Luke Panic Little One
William Manning Little One
Adam McCreadie Little One
Sally Morton Little One
Technical Credits
George Miller Director, Producer, Screenwriter
George Ogilvie Director
Alison Barrett Casting
Anni Browning Art Director, Associate Producer
Marcus D'Arcy Producer
Elizabeth Ann Fardon Makeup
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Terry Hayes Co-producer, Screenwriter
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Phil Judd Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Mitchell Co-producer
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Grant Page Stunts
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Michael Wood Special Effects
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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome
1. Credits [1:49]
2. Plunderers from Sky [2:53]
3. Bartertown [3:57]
4. The Marketplace [1:55]
5. Audition for Aunty [5:41]
6. Underworld [2:52]
7. Embargo On [4:06]
8. Picking a Fight [2:48]
9. Dyin' Time [8:12]
10. Down for the Count [2:43]
11. Facing the Wheel [3:49]
12. Master no Longer [1:25]
13. A Messenger [2:39]
14. Lost Tribe [5:36]
15. A Rude Awakening [1:26]
16. Walker's Legend [4:38]
17. Not the Legend [5:09]
18. Restless to Leave [5:15]
19. Reluctant Journey [4:07]
20. Snatched [1:12]
21. Into Bartertown [2:30]
22. Taking Underworld [4:11]
23. Blowing It's Lid [3:25]
24. Vehicular Mayhem [4:19]
25. Aunty Comes Calling [2:55]
26. Stickup; Escape [3:17]
27. Enough Runway [3:48]
28. "Ain't We a Pair" [1:43]
29. By Distant Light [3:08]
30. End Credits [5:02]
Disc #1, Side B -- Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdome
1. Credits [1:49]
2. Plunderers from Sky [2:53]
3. Bartertown [3:57]
4. The Marketplace [1:55]
5. Audition for Aunty [5:41]
6. Underworld [2:52]
7. Embargo On [4:06]
8. Picking a Fight [2:48]
9. Dyin' Time [8:12]
10. Down for the Count [2:43]
11. Facing the Wheel [3:49]
12. Master no Longer [1:25]
13. A Messenger [2:39]
14. Lost Tribe [5:36]
15. A Rude Awakening [1:26]
16. Walker's Legend [4:38]
17. Not the Legend [5:09]
18. Restless to Leave [5:15]
19. Reluctant Journey [4:07]
20. Snatched [1:12]
21. Into Bartertown [2:30]
22. Taking Underworld [4:11]
23. Blowing It's Lid [3:25]
24. Vehicular Mayhem [4:19]
25. Aunty Comes Calling [2:55]
26. Stickup; Escape [3:17]
27. Enough Runway [3:48]
28. "Ain't We a Pair" [1:43]
29. By Distant Light [3:08]
30. End Credits [5:02]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome
   Jump To A Scene
      Start Movie
      End Credits
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Mel Gibson - Mad Max
         Tina Turner - Aunty Entity
         Directed by George Miller and George Olgilve
         Written by Terry Hayes & George Miller
      Collector & Master
         Frank Thring - The Collector
         Angelo Rossitto - The Master
      Evolution of a Trilogy
      Creating the Future
      On Location
      Theatrical Trailer
   Select Languages
      Sound Tracks
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
   Recommendations
      Blade Runner: The Directors' Cut (1982)
      Demolition Man (1993)
      Lethal Weapon (1987)
      The Road Warrior (1982)
   Return to the Movie
Disc #1, Side B -- Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdome
   Jump To A Scene
      Start Movie
      End Credits
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Mel Gibson - Mad Max
         Tina Turner - Aunty Entity
         Directed by George Miller and George Olgilve
         Written by Terry Hayes & George Miller
      Collector & Master
         Frank Thring - The Collector
         Angelo Rossitto - The Master
      Evolution of a Trilogy
      Creating the Future
      On Location
      Theatrical Trailer
   Select Languages
      Sound Tracks
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
   Recommendations
      Blade Runner: The Directors' Cut (1982)
      Demolition Man (1993)
      Lethal Weapon (1987)
      The Road Warrior (1982)
   Return to the Movie
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    I liked this movie and don't care if it wasn't that good or if its just plain weird or if it didn't live up to the first two or just The Road Warrior. I thought it was good but didn't quite get some stuff. Like how he only never told the children what his name was and some were still calling him Captain Walker. Then on the scene of where Max fought Blaster in Thunderdome and how Savanah (Helen Buday) was telling the story of how they came to being in the their new home (what had happened to him before they came to this place) everyone kept repeating something the person talking was saying again and again and again and it was getting quite annoying and a little disturing. Still the movie was good because it had singer Tina Turner who did a song for the movie called We Don't Need Another Hero which sounds good including a music video that goes well with the movie of course. Entertaining with only one long car chase near the end of the movie reminding everyone of the other two or probably just the Road Warrior since it was packed with car chases in most scenes of that movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    genuinely strange

    this movie is so original and strange that is deserves to be watched for those reasons alone. It is also beautiful to look at and delivers some great action sequences. It was not as powerful as the first two, but it is still worthy of viewing.

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    Posted June 18, 2010

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