Mad Max: Road Warrior

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Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this brutal sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor, although the state of its post-apocalyptic world has only become worse. Several years after the deaths of his wife and child, Max Mel Gibson has become an alienated nomad, wandering an Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. After a road ...
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Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this brutal sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor, although the state of its post-apocalyptic world has only become worse. Several years after the deaths of his wife and child, Max Mel Gibson has become an alienated nomad, wandering an Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. After a road battle with psychotic villain Wez Vernon Wells, Max meets up with the odd Gyro Captain Bruce Spence, who takes him to the camp of a sympathetic group led by Pappagallo Mike Preston. As Pappagallo's people are camped at a refinery, Max plans to take their oil -- more precious than gold in this world -- but eventually joins them to fight a band of marauders led by the evil Humungus Kjell Nilsson. The stunning climax features a heart-pounding chase scene involving an oil tanker-truck and a frenzied rush for the coast, with Humungus and his forces in hot pursuit. Nilsson is a scary villain, with huge muscles and a sinister pre-Jason hockey mask, but the stunt work is the key here, and it is more flamboyantly dynamic than ever, edited at breakneck pace and staged with manic fury by Miller and stunt coordinator Max Aspin. Savage and kinetic, Mad Max 2 is a must-see for action buffs.
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Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior) is a pure expression of cinematic existentialism. The characters spend their time driving through a barren, post-apocalyptic world looking for gasoline so that they can continue to drive around the desert and find more gasoline. Of course, there's an exciting action movie thrown in as well. The loner protagonist at the center of our attention is again Max (Mel Gibson), who in the first Mad Max lost his wife and child to a murderous bunch of thugs. Max retreats from society, living the life of a scavenger in the "wasteland." It might be a sci-fi setting, but Max is a direct descendant of classic Western and film noir antiheroes. He looks out for himself and only himself, and there's only a very fine line between him and the bad guys. The setup of the "reluctant savior" rescuing the stranded "villagers" is about as traditional a storyline as you can get, and the movie precedents are no less obvious: it's Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven (minus the six other guys). Following the success of this movie, Gibson became an international star. Talented writer/director George Miller has gone on to mixed financial success as a producer and director, but has consistently produced interesting and original material. The infamous Kevin Costner vehicle Waterworld is basically a remake of Mad Max II in an aquatic setting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • UPC: 883929076109
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Mad Max
Virginia Hey Warrior Woman
Syd Heylen Curmudgeon
Emil Minty Feral Kid
Kjell Nilsson Humungus
Max Phipps Toadie
Vernon Wells Wez
David Slingsby Quiet Man
Steve J. Spears Mechanic
Bruce Spence Gyro Captain
Harold Baigent Voice Only
Jimmy Brown Golden Youth
Tyler Coppin Defiant Victim
David Downer Nathan
Max Fairchild Broken Victim
Annie Jones
Guy Norris Mohawk Biker with Bearclaw
Michael Preston Pappagallo
Arkie Whiteley Lusty Girl
William Zappa Zetta
Technical Credits
George Miller Director, Screenwriter
Max Aspin Stunts
Michael Balson Editor
Michael Chrigwin Editor
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director, Production Manager
Jeffrey Clifford Special Effects
Jeffrey Clifford Special Effects
Brian Hannant Asst. Director, Screenwriter
Terry Hayes Screenwriter
Byron Kennedy Producer
Brian May Score Composer
Bob McCarron Makeup
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Priest Special Effects
Dean Semler Cinematographer
David Stiven Editor
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Tim Wellburn Editor
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Disc #1, Side A -- The Road Warrior
   Jump To a Scene
      Scene Index
         Start Movie
            Scene 3
            Scene 5
            Scene 10
            Scene 15
            Scene 21
            Scene 24
            Scene 27
            Scene 29
            Scene 30
            End Credits
   Cast
      Mel Gibson: The Road Warrior
      Directed by George Miller
   Production Notes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Film Flash
      Unforgiven (1992)
      Blade Runner: The Director's Cut (1982)
      Excalibur (1981)
      Lethal Weapon (1987)
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      English
      Français
   Subtitles
      English
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Disc #1, Side B -- The Road Warrior
   Jump To a Scene
      Scene Index
         Start Movie
            Scene 3
            Scene 5
            Scene 10
            Scene 15
            Scene 21
            Scene 24
            Scene 27
            Scene 29
            Scene 30
            End Credits
   Cast
      Mel Gibson: The Road Warrior
      Directed by George Miller
   Production Notes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Film Flash
      Unforgiven (1992)
      Blade Runner: The Director's Cut (1982)
      Excalibur (1981)
      Lethal Weapon (1987)
   Languages
      English
      Français
   Subtitles
      English
      Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Road Warrior

    The greatest movie of all time (and my absoulute favorite). The car chases are just speechless and the movie doesn't seem boring but just plain entertaining. Hated the first but the third one was okay. Watch out for the forth and most likely the final Mad Max movie ever I think titled Fury Road.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS MOVIE ROCKS

    This is one of the best action movies ever made!This is the best of the mad max serise! The chase scenes are awesome! This is one of those movies where once you get done watching it you cant help to watch it again. This is one of Mel Gipsons best! Any one that loves action will love this

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