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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome movie poster
Directed by George Miller
George Ogilvie
Produced by Terry Hayes
George Miller
Doug Mitchell
Written by Terry Hayes
George Miller
Starring Mel Gibson
Tina Turner
Bruce Spence
Music by Tina Turner
Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Dean Semler
Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 10, 1985
Running time 107 min.
Country Australia/United States
Language English
Budget A$12,000,000 (estimated)
Preceded by Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Followed by Mad Max 4: Fury Road
IMDb profile

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a 1985 film, the third installment to the action movie Mad Max. The film was directed by George Miller and George Ogilvie, and starred Mel Gibson and Tina Turner. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (500x755, 81 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Terry Hayes is an English screenwriter and producer born on the 8 October 1951. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Terry Hayes is an English screenwriter and producer born on the 8 October 1951. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956) is an American born Australian actor, director, and producer. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Spence as Charlie in the 1974 Peter Weir film The Cars That Ate Paris Bruce Spence (born September 17, 1945 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an Australian actor. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Maurice Jarre (born in Lyon, France, September 13, 1924) is a French composer of film scores, noted for his use of the Ondes Martenot, and for the scores of many films including a series of David Lean films, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Ryans Daughter (1970) and A... Dean Semler is an Australian cinematographer. ... Richard Francis-Bruce (born 10 Dec. ... Warner Bros. ... is the 191st day of the year (192nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (released in the US in 1981 as The Road Warrior) was a sequel to Mad Max. ... The fourth of the Mad Max movies. ... Mad Max is an Australian apocalyptic science fiction action film from 1979 directed by George Miller and written by Miller and Byron Kennedy. ... George (Miliotis) Miller (born March 3, 1945), is an Academy-Award winning Australian film and television screenwriter, director and producer. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956) is an American born Australian actor, director, and producer. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ...


Taglines:

  • Two men enter. One man leaves.
  • Hold out for Mad Max. This is his greatest adventure.
  • A lone warrior searching for his destiny...a tribe of lost children waiting for a hero...in a world battling to survive, they face a woman determined to rule.

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Synopsis

Driving a camel-powered truck across the desert (his destination is not specified) Max is stalked and attacked from the air by an aircraft pilot, who manages to steal his vehicle and belongings. Max walks and stumbles upon the only nearby human outpost in the wasteland that remains — the seedy community of "Bartertown," founded and nominally run by villainous Aunty Entity (Turner). For other uses, see Camel (disambiguation). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


In Bartertown, electricity, vehicles, functioning technology — all almost unheard of in this post-apocalyptic world — are made possible by a crude methane refinery, fueled by pig waste, using a weathered semi tractor as the electricity generator. The refinery is located under Bartertown and is operated by the smart, diminutive "Master," who is harnessed to his enormously strong, but dim-witted bodyguard known as "Blaster." Together, "Master Blaster" hold an uneasy power-truce with Entity for control of Bartertown; however, Master is beginning to exploit his position with energy "embargoes," challenging Auntie's leadership. She is furious with him but cannot challenge him publicly, as Master is the only one with the technical know-how to operate the machinery that powers Bartertown. The controlled chaos of Bartertown is maintained by one inflexible law that states that no deal can be broken, for any reason. The punishment for breaking this law is equally inflexible and invoked with the simple phrase, "bust a deal, face the wheel." Methane is a chemical compound with the molecular formula CH4. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Horse feces Feces, faeces, or fæces (see spelling differences) is a waste product from an animals digestive tract expelled through the anus (or cloaca) during defecation. ... For delayed access after publication, see Embargo (academic publishing). ... A contract is a legally binding exchange of promises or agreement between parties that the law will enforce. ...


Entity recognizes Max as a resourceful (if disposable) fighter, and strikes a deal with him to provoke a duel with and kill Blaster in the "Thunderdome," a gladiatorial-esque arena where conflicts are resolved, turning what is arguably a political assassination into a lawful act. The rules of the match, as chanted by onlookers crowding the arena, are simple and singular — "two men enter, one man leaves." Max defeats Blaster, but refuses to kill him when he discovers that Blaster is a mentally retarded simpleton, innocent as a child. An enraged Auntie has Blaster executed and invokes their single law since Max broke his deal with her. The wheel, which serves as a judge and jury, turns out to be a large, spinning metal disc (similar to Wheel of Fortune) with an arrow pointing to one of several consequences. Possible consequences include banishment, death, and acquittal. When it is spun for Max, it lands on "Gulag." He is cast out of Bartertown and exiled to the desert wastes. This article is about the Roman professional fighters. ... Mental retardation (abbreviated as MR), is a term for a pattern of persistently slow learning of basic motor and language skills (milestones) during childhood, and a significantly below-normal intellectual capacity as an adult. ... Wheel of Fortune may refer to: Wheel of Fortune (US game show), the US nighttime version. ... Gulag ( , Russian: ) was the government body responsible for administering prison camps across the former Soviet Union. ... Exile (band) may refer to: Exile - The American country music band Exile - The Japanese pop music band Category: ...

The Thunderdome.

The story radically shifts gears at this point. Some time later, Max, near death due to exposure to the hostile conditions, is saved by a group of children. The children, hardened to the desert environment, are survivors (or the children of survivors) of a nearby plane crash, and have formed a sort of tribal community in the sheltered desert oasis in which they live. Clinging to their hopes of rescue, they keep their fading memories of the past civilization alive in the form of ritualistic spoken "tells" which hinge on the return of a messianic "Captain Walker" who will repair their shattered aircraft and return them to civilization. Max's appearance and physical resemblance to Walker make the children believe that he has indeed returned to take them to "Tomorrow-morrow Land," or back to civilization as it once was. Image File history File links BtDome. ... Image File history File links BtDome. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Cities are a major hallmark of human civilization. ... A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community. ... The word mythology (from the Greek μυολογία mythología, from mythologein to relate myths, from mythos, meaning a narrative, and logos, meaning speech or argument) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use the supernatural to interpret natural events and... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Feral kids.

After nursing him back to health, they are shocked to hear Max's account of the dystopic state of the world and become angry at his insistence that they all remain living in the relative safety of the oasis, knowing that the only "civilization" within reach is Bartertown. Image File history File links FeralsMM3. ... Image File history File links FeralsMM3. ... A dystopia (or alternatively cacotopia) is a fictional society, usually portrayed as existing in a future time, when the conditions of life are extremely bad due to deprivation, oppression, or terror. ...


Some of the children decide to leave anyway, determined to find "Tomorrow-morrow land," the mythic place they believe their parents left them to find. Max goes after them.


The third act begins as Max catches up with them at the outskirts of Bartertown. They sneak in, intent on finding Master. Without Blaster to protect him, the dwarfish Master is little more than Entity's slave. Max and the children free him, but alert the guards, and a frenetic chase ensues, ending at the hideout of the recurring "pilot" character (played by Bruce Spence, who was also the Gyro Captain from The Road Warrior). Max coerces him to help them escape in a Transavia PL-12 Airtruk, but there is not enough room for them all. Max stays behind, heroically clearing a path through the pursuing vehicles so the plane has enough runway to take off. Rather than killing Max, Aunty spares him, but leaves the desert to decide his fate. Spence as Charlie in the 1974 Peter Weir film The Cars That Ate Paris Bruce Spence (born September 17, 1945 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an Australian actor. ... Road Warrior redirects here. ... Country of origin: Australia First Flown: 1965 Description: Agricultural/utility monoplane Power plant: 1 X 300-hp continental flat 6 Range: 1297km 700nm Length: 6. ...


The story shifts to many years later, when the much older children are seen in the ruins of a weathered Sydney, lit up by thousands of fires. Savannah, the leader of the children, recites a final "tell" of their journey. The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4. ...


The final shot of the movie is of a figure in the desert (obviously Max) walking toward the horizon and an uncertain future. The staff carried by Max appears to be representative/symbolic of him being a "shepherd" to the lost tribe.


Reaction

Critical reaction to the film was generally positive, although reviewers were mixed regarding whether they considered the film the highest or lowest point of the Mad Max trilogy. Most of the criticism was focused on the children in the second half of the film, which many felt was a ripoff of the lost children from Peter Pan. [1] On the other hand, critics praised the Thunderdome scene in particular; critic Roger Ebert called the Thunderdome "the first really original movie idea about how to stage a fight since we got the first karate movies" and praised the fight between Max and Blaster as "one of the great creative action scenes in the movies." [2] Statue of Peter Pan in Bowring Park, St. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


The film has since entered into the realm of popular culture, particularly treasured in fiction for the concepts of a vagrant, post-apocalyptic society and the Thunderdome itself. Although a caged arena is sometimes featured within full-fledged parodies of the film, the film is more often invoked through its most popular quotes ("Welcome to Thunderdome" and "Two men enter, one man leaves"), oftentimes in humorous or sarcastic reference to a lawless field of battle between two opponents. Popular culture, sometimes called pop culture, consists of widespread cultural elements in any given society. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


Cast

Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956) is an American born Australian actor, director, and producer. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... Spence as Charlie in the 1974 Peter Weir film The Cars That Ate Paris Bruce Spence (born September 17, 1945 in Auckland, New Zealand) is an Australian actor. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Frank Thring (May 11, 1926 - December 29, 1994) was an Australian actor. ... Angry Anderson (center) in the role of a Biker gang leader on the TV show Pizza Angry Anderson AM (born Gary Anderson, August 5, 1947, in Melbourne) is an Australian rock singer, television presenter/reporter and actor. ... Robert Grubb is an Australian actor. ... Helen Buday playing in Alexandras Project movie Helen Buday is an australian theatre, TV, movie actress and singer. ... George Spartels is an Australian actor, best known for his appearances on the television soap opera Neighbours, playing Benito Alessi. External links George Spartels at the Internet Movie Database Categories: Australian actor stubs ... Bob Hornery is an Australian actor. ...

Trivia

  • Ranked #94 on Rotten Tomato's Journey Through Sci-Fi (100 Best-Reveiwed Sci-Fi Movies)
  • In the MMORPG, World of Warcraft, there is a town called Gadgetzan that was modeled on elements of 'Bartertown', including its own version of the 'Thunderdome' in the middle. The town is located in a zone called Tanaris, which is a large barren desert similar to the setting of the movie.
  • In the second episode of the sitcom I Hate My 30's, Travis, Bruce, and Corey are seen playing "Beyond Poker-dome" dressed up as characters from the movie. They also put a spin on the classic tagline saying "Three men gamble, one man wins!"
  • The movie Waiting... references Beyond Thunderdome. When the new employee of family restaurant Shenanigans is being walked through the kitchen, one of the cooks brandishes a knife at him and says, "Welcome to Thunderdome, bitch!"

An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... World of Warcraft (commonly abbreviated as WoW) is a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the fourth game in the Warcraft series, excluding expansion packs and the cancelled Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans. ... I Hate My 30s is a new Comedy on VH1, that aired July 26, 2007. ... Waiting. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mad_max_beyond_thunderdome/?critic=columns
  2. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19850710/REVIEWS/507100301/1023

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Costume Info - Thunderdome (803 words)
Max's jacket shows signs of wear in the large fl stitching on his shoulder (bearclaw mohawker damage from Mad Max 2), his collar, his shoulder seam, his elbow, and a few stitches where his sleeve zipper used to be.
Max wears his MFP boot on his right foot, which has had some tyre tread added to the soles, and a cowboy boot on his left foot.
Max's silver whistle is known as a naval bosun whistle.
Endervidualism Agora - Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) - reviewed by Tom Ender (605 words)
At the time of this writing Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is the last Mad Max movie in the post-apocalyptic saga of the former cop turned “renegade.” As in Mad Max and Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome stars Mel Gibson in the title role of Max.
However, survival is Max’s stock in trade and he comes upon an “oasis” called Bartertown in the middle of the wasteland, a sort of post-apocalyptic city built around a trading post.
Max, who is on the trail of the thieves who robbed him, finds that his stolen vehicle and camels have turned up and are being traded in Bartertown.
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