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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Directed by George Miller
Produced by Byron Kennedy
Written by Terry Hayes
George Miller
Brian Hannant
Starring Mel Gibson
Bruce Spence
Mike Preston
Vernon Wells
Music by Brian May
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date December 24, 1981
Running time 91 min.
Language English
Budget AUD $4,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile
"Road Warrior" redirects here. For the professional wrestler, see Joseph Laurinaitis.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (released in the U.S. in 1981 as The Road Warrior) was director George Miller's sequel to his 1979 film Mad Max. It was a worldwide box office hit, with its combination of original characters and over-the-top car stunts, it was even compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark,[citation needed] and was the film that launched Mel Gibson to international stardom. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (717x1000, 250 KB) This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or the studio which produced the DVD in question. ... George Miller was born on March 3, 1945, to Greek parents in Chinchilla, Queensland. ... Byron Eric Kennedy (18th August 1949. ... George Miller was born on March 3, 1945, to Greek parents in Chinchilla, Queensland. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an Academy Award–winning American born Australian reared actor, director and producer best known for acting in the Mad Max movie series, the Lethal Weapon series, acting in and directing the Academy Award–winning Braveheart and directing the 2004 blockbuster The... Bruce Spence as Charlie in the 1974 Peter Weir film The Cars That Ate Paris Bruce Spence (born September 17, 1945 in Auckland) is an Australian actor. ... Michael Preston (b. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Warner Bros. ... December 24 is the 358th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (359th in leap years). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Australian dollar (currency code AUD) has been, since 1966, the currency of the Commonwealth of Australia, including the Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Heard Island and McDonald Islands and Norfolk Island, as well as the independent Pacific Island states of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu. ... Joseph Laurinaitis (born January 26, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) better known by his ring name of The Road Warrior or Road Warrior Animal, is an American professional wrestler who is most remembered for working with World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... // Events January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... George Miller was born on March 3, 1945, to Greek parents in Chinchilla, Queensland. ... // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... Mad Max is an Australian apocalyptic science fiction film starring Mel Gibson. ... Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a film released by Paramount Pictures in 1981. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an Academy Award–winning American born Australian reared actor, director and producer best known for acting in the Mad Max movie series, the Lethal Weapon series, acting in and directing the Academy Award–winning Braveheart and directing the 2004 blockbuster The...


Mad Max 2 was praised for its originality, visuals, costumes, revolutionary action sequences, and it helped to popularize the post-apocalyptic science fiction genre as referenced in later films and other works of fiction. It was followed by Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985. The three-part film series has since become a cult classic. Apocalyptic science fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of the world or civilization, through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. ... A genre is a division of a particular form of art or utterance according to criteria particular to that form. ... Film may refer to: photographic film a motion picture in academics, the study of motion pictures as an art form a thin skin or membrane, or any covering or coating, whether transparent or opaque a thin layer of liquid, either on a solid or liquid surface or free-standing Film... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome was a 1985 film, the third entry to the action movie Mad Max. ... See also: 1984 in film, other events of 1985, 1986 in film, list of years in film. Events Top grossing films Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ...

Contents


Plot Summary

A brief prologue covers the events preceding the original Mad Max (no backstory was offered in that movie)—totalitarianism and uprisings in Australia, and eventually an extended war gave way to lawlessness throughout the Outback of Australia, requiring special police assigned to protect the lands. This is followed by a brief recap of Mad Max. No organized government remains, anarchy has a firm grip on the land, and peace and justice have given way to survival at any cost. Max Rockatansky, the former police officer and vigilante, has become a nomadic drifter due to the death of his son and the incapacitation of his wife (both events are depicted in the first film). Mad Max is an Australian apocalyptic science fiction film starring Mel Gibson. ... Totalitarianism is a typology employed by political scientists, especially those in the field of comparative politics, to describe modern regimes in which the state regulates nearly every aspect of public and private behavior. ... A tourism sign post Yalgoo, Western Australia The outback is the remote and usually semi-arid interior of Australia, although the term colloquially can cover any lands outside of the main urban areas. ... Peace and tranquility — Lake Mapourika, New Zealand. ... Lady Justice - allegory of Justice as woman with sword and with book - statue at court building. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A vigilante is someone who takes enforcement of law or moral code into his or her own hands. ...


One day, when he checks out a seemingly abandoned autogyro, Max falls into a trap set by its pilot, but turns the tables and takes him prisoner. In exchange for his life, the pilot tells him of a place where he can get all the fuel he wants. He knows of a small working oil refinery out in the open desert, which is under siege by a gang of bloodthirsty marauders, led by a grim and charismatic masked man called "Lord Humungus." Max observes from a safe distance and during the following morning he witnesses an attack on four vehicles that have left the refinery. He rescues the sole survivor and uses him to gain entry to the compound. The marauders return and offer the besieged a deal: safe passage if they leave the refinery undamaged. An autogyro is an aircraft supported in flight by a rotor driven solely by aerodynamic forces. ... View of Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez, California. ... A siege is a prolonged military blockade and assault of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition. ... John F. Kennedy was widely considered charismatic and charming by both his political peers and the larger public The word charisma (from the Greek word kharisma, gift or divine favor, from kharizesthai, to favor, from kharis, favor) refers to a rare trait found in certain human personalities usually including extreme...


Max offers the settlers his own deal; he will bring them a rig to haul their tanker trailer (he had seen an abandoned one earlier) if they give him all the fuel he can carry. He sneaks out at night, brings the truck back to the compound, fighting off the marauders, and helps the settlers repel the ensuing attack. Afterwards, he is invited to join the group and help them with their escape, but to their disappointment, he collects his petrol and leaves. However, he is attacked by the marauders soon afterwards and his car is wrecked. The injured Max is rescued by the Gyro Captain and returned to the refinery where the settlers are making preparations to leave. With few remaining options, Max insists on driving the truck despite his injuries. An exit strategy is a means of escaping a very difficult situation. ...


Max, along with a few defenders perched on the trailer, is pursued by the Humungus and his men. After a prolonged chase, during which the leader of the settlers, Papagallo, is slain, the tanker crashes head on into the Humungus's vehicle, killing him. It then careens off the road and comes to rest on its side. Instead of petrol, sand spills from the tank; the truck was a decoy. Leaderless, the remaining dispirited raiders leave without dispatching Max. The refinery is demolished in a large explosion so the settlers will not be pursued. In the end, the petrol has been hidden in their vehicles in 44 gallon drums. The Gyro Captain takes over and leads the band to the coast, where they eventually establish the Great Northern Tribe. A decoy is usually a person, device or event meant as a distraction to conceal what an individual or a group might be looking for. ... A typical drum A 44 gallon drum (known as a 55 gallon drum in the United States) is a cylindrical metal container (drum) with a nominal capacity of 44 imperial gallons, 55 U.S. gallons or 205 litre. ...


Vehicles

Aside from the Pursuit Special there are many vehicles in Mad Max 2. Truck is a Mack R600 with "Coolpower" engine setup and twin-stick transmission. Humungus' vehicle is a heavily modified F100 Ute. Other vehicles include dune buggies, Ford XA Falcon, a Valiant VH coupe, a Ford Landau and Valiant Chargers. The Pursuit Special is the car driven by the main character Max Rockatansky in the films Mad Max and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. ...


Themes

Atypical of most action-centered films that lack fully developed characters or themes, the storyline of Mad Max 2 tackles a few intellectual concepts amidst all the chaos. The film shows Max regaining some of the humanity he lost after his wife and infant son were murdered in the first installment. At first he refuses to help the settlers in their fight against Humungus. After an offer of all the fuel he can carry and seeing the ongoing behaviour of the nomad gang he then helps out a group of people who are clinging to a lost cause and hoping for a better future. Thus, Max shows that he still cares about the welfare of the weak and defenseless—quite beffiting the ideal of a (former) law officer. Within the settler community characters as well as the nomads there are nods towards female independence in a chauvinistic world and also positive portrayals of disabilty and sexual ambivalence. However, a pink-bearded, made-up nomad has his bright pink car burnt out by Max while trying to assail the compound entrance. Cosmetics or makeup are substances to enhance the beauty of the human body, apart from simple cleaning. ...


In front of the compound gates the besieging Lord Humungus actually offers to spare the lives of the settlers: "Just walk away!" He says that there must be an end to the normality of killing and bloodshed. His name highlights his now apparent disfigured and hints that he has been scarred through some event during the post-collapse social chaos. Humungus uses his eloquent speeches as psychological warfare. When trying to manhandle/incapacitate his distressed lieutenant Wez, Humungus states "We all lost someone we love." Later he takes his special gun out from a box, to the inside of which is pinned a picture (probably of his mother and father), reflecting Max's own family loss. A siege is a prolonged military blockade and assault of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by force or attrition. ... It has been suggested that Convention (norm) be merged into this article or section. ... Disfigurement is the state of having ones appearance, especially that of ones face, deeply and persistently harmed by a medical condition, such as wounds (accidental or intentional), disease, or a birth defect. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Social disintegration. ... The U.S. Department of Defense defines psychological warfare (PSYWAR) as: The planned use of propaganda and other psychological actions having the primary purpose of influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, and behavior of hostile foreign groups in such a way as to support the achievement of national objectives. ...


Another interesting and perhaps orphaned character called the "Feral Kid" lives in the wasteland near the refinery settlement. He does flips, growls when displeased, and has a fascination for the Gyro Captain's autogyro. The Feral Kid wears shorts and boots made from animal hide, hunts and defends himself using a lethal metal boomerang. He has access to the refinery compound via the chicken tunnel. Whether he acts as shepherd or caretaker to the chickens while they are outside the settlement walls is not known. The Kid is befriended by Max who gives him a tiny musical box. After helping Max deal with the bandits he escapes with the refinery occupants and eventually becomes the leader of the Great Northern Tribe. See also: Feral children in mythology and fiction Orphans, by Thomas Kennington An orphan (from the Greek ορφανός) is a person (or animal), who has lost one or both parents, often through death. ... A feral child (feral, ie. ... Wasteland can refer to: Look up wasteland in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An autogyro is an aircraft supported in flight by a rotor driven solely by aerodynamic forces. ... Hides are skins obtained from animals that are used for human use. ... A typical wooden returning boomerang A boomerang is an Australian Aboriginal wooden implement used for various purposes. ... In a draw in a mountainous region, a shepherd guides a flock of about 20 sheep amidst scrub and olive trees. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A musical box (or music box) is a 19th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc so as to strike the tuned teeth of a steel comb. ... For documented cases of real children raised by animals, see Feral children. ...


The concept of the settlers trying to escape a hostile environment mirrors the mass migration of families to the suburbs from overcrowded, blighted cities. Though the refinery can hardly be called a city, one of the chief reasons for the city/suburb migration was an ever-increasing violent crime rate among neighborhoods plagued by street gangs[citation needed]. Additionally, the fuel shortage that drives the plot is reflective of similar social conditions in Australia during the 1970s. The petroleum scarcity during that time led to violence amongst the car culture of that nation. Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... Urban decay is the popular term for both the physical and social degeneration of a cities and large towns. ... Night view of Taipei City. ... River City Ransom gameplay (U.S. NES Version) River City Ransom (ダウンタウン熱血物語 Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari Downtown Hotblood Story in Japan and Street Gangs in Europe) is a video game for the Nintendo Family Computer and the Nintendo Entertainment System from the now defunct Technos Japan Corporation, released in 1989. ... An energy crisis is any great shortfall (or price rise) in the supply of energy resources to an economy. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario Petroleum (from Greek petra – rock and elaion – oil or Latin oleum – oil ) or crude oil is a thick, dark brown or greenish liquid. ... Scarcity is a central concept in economics. ... Over the course of the 20th century, the automobile rapidly developed from an expensive technological wonder into the de facto standard for passanger transport. ...


Critical reception

The film was highly praised for its originality, especially with regards to the depiction of a post-apocalyptic future, a fuel-shortage crisis and for its action sequences. The stuntwork, particularly during the final showdown, seemed unprecedented in film. The use of fender-mounted cameras at high speeds was similar to the Frankenheimer race film Grand Prix and the staccato editing style helped give the illusion of speeds far outside what could be considered safe. However, other critics felt the film was much too violent, which in turn, drew more audiences to see the film on top of its already known record breaking status.


Mad Max 2 was the first of its kind to have violence that went from the beginning of the film to the conclusion, while at the same time, being a well written, directed and researched film. The style of violence and action sequences have been echoed in other action films since its release in 1981- being seen throughout the 1980s and 1990s and well into the 21st century. Mad Max 2 set a trend that originated new cinematic terms and styles known as "non- stop violence," "extreme violence," and "too much violence".


Parodies

The Road Warrior was spoofed in the South Park episode "Proper Condom Use." Near the end of the episode, the boys become angry that the girls misled them as to the nature of STDs. They decide to go to a fortress where the girls are hiding and tell them to come out. During the stand-off at the fortress (which looks remarkably similar to the fuel depot), Butters can be seen in Lord Humungus' mask, and is given a megaphone and told to negotiate with the girls. He then parrots the lines "Just walk away! You can put a stop to all this! Just walk away, and we will spare your lives!" in the exact voice of Humungus. South Park is an American animated television series created, written and voiced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. ... Proper Condom Use is episode 507 of Comedy Centrals South Park. ... STD is an abbreviation used in several different contexts that stand for different terms. ... Leopold Butters Stotch (voiced by Matt Stone) is a fictional character in the animated series South Park. ... A megaphone, with a three-inch lighter to scale. ...


Trivia

  • Max Fairchild, as the "Broken Victim" who is tied to the front of one of the gang's vehicles, is the only actor other than Mel Gibson to have appeared in both the original Mad Max and in this film.
  • Save for the voiceover detailing history to the present point, there is no spoken dialogue for the first 10 minutes and 28 seconds of the film, only Wez's barbaric yelling.
  • The Mack semi tractor Max recovers from the desert is equipped with an air starter, which relies on an air source that can be internal (using the truck's own air supply) or external (using air from a maintenance facility). Since the air supply on the truck itself is limited, it is generally only good for one attempt. The tractor appears to have been sitting for some time when Max goes to get it, which would make it more difficult to start than normal. Thus, the possibility of him starting it is highly unlikely.
  • The gyrocopter in the movie is not actually capable of hovering, and, although it is possible to land one almost vertically, it would depend on exacting wind conditions and a very skilled pilot. It is an autogyro, so it needs forward thrust to generate lift and a runway to take off (and usually to land). In addition, the craft does it have enough lifting power to support the weight of more than a single person in flight—it could never get off the ground while carrying a pilot, a cameraman, and his filming equipment. In the wide shot of Max and the Gyro Captain flying off in search of the Mack truck, only the pilot was real; the passenger was a lightweight dummy. The airborne POV (point-of-view) shots were taken from the film crew's helicopter, with the autogyro's instrument panel mounted on the side in front of the camera. The airborne shots of an injured Max being flown back to the compound were filmed with Mel Gibson hanging partway out of the helicopter's door.
  • The Lord Humongous character was used in pro-wrestling by many wrestlers (the most famous Sid Vicious).
  • The five-gallon diesel gasoline jugs Max and the Gyro Captain carry to the Mack would have been much heavier than depicted. One gallon of fuel weighs eight pounds, and each jug, of which there are four, contains five gallons. This means that Max and the Gyro Captain would have had to carry 160 pounds across the desert for a long period of time, which is done with relatively little apparent effort. Also, it is doubtful that the gyrocopter could fly with two people, a dog, and an additional 160 pounds.
  • In the USA, many people mistakenly think that the movie is not a Mad Max movie, since the US release title is The Road Warrior, not Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.
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:: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior (xhtml) (725 words)
"Mad Max 2" [released in the United States as "The Road Warrior"] is a film of pure action, of kinetic energy organized around the barest possible bones of a plot.
Max is played by Mel Gibson, an Australian actor who starred in "Gallipoli." Before that, he made "Mad Max" for the makers of "Mad Max 2," and that film was a low-budget forerunner to this extravaganza of action and violence.
The set piece in "Mad Max 2" is an unbelievably well-sustained chase sequence that lasts for the last third of the film, as Max and his semi-trailer run a gauntlet of everything the savages can throw at them.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Summary (2875 words)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (released in the U.S. in 1981 as The Road Warrior) was director George Miller's sequel to his 1979 film Mad Max.
Max Rockatansky, the former police officer and vigilante, has become a nomadic drifter due to the death of his son and the incapacitation of his wife (both events are depicted in the first film).
Mad Max 2 was the first of its kind to have violence that went from the beginning of the film to the conclusion, while at the same time, being a well written, directed and researched film.
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