Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

July 10th, 1985


Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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Mad Max becomes a pawn in a decadent oasis of technological society, and when exiled, becomes the deliverer of a colony of children.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 6.0/10 (37,211 voted)

Director: George Miller

Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence

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 apocalypse 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.

Writers: Terry Hayes, George Miller

Mel Gibson - Mad Max Rockatansky
Bruce Spence - Jedediah the Pilot
Adam Cockburn - Jedediah Jr.
Tina Turner - Aunty Entity
Frank Thring - The Collector
Angelo Rossitto - Master
Paul Larsson - Blaster
Angry Anderson - Ironbar
Robert Grubb - Pig Killer
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

Taglines: Max is back...and Tina's got him!

Release Date: 10 July 1985

Filming Locations: Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: AUD 12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $36,200,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Max's name is only spoken once in the movie. Just after he meets Master Blaster in underworld. Master says "Me Master" and introduces himself, then Max says "Me Max" and does the same.

Revealing mistakes: During Max and the children's attempt to rescue Master, they sneak into the underground in order to free him from the pigpen. At one point, as the escape is put into play, Ironbar arrives and hits Max in the face with a shovel. The problem is that in order to establish the shot and weapon used, the shovel stops abruptly in front of the camera as Max falls backwards, where, unfortunately, the rubber that forms the shovel's fake blade continues to jiggle from the motion.

Max: You!
Jedediah the Pilot: Me?
Max: It's your lucky day!
Jedediah the Pilot: It is?
Max: You've got a plane!
Jedediah the Pilot: I have?
[plane motor starts outside]
Max: It just might save your life!
Jedediah the Pilot: It will?

User Review



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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