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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

George Miller

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About the Movie

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. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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81%
  • Reviews Counted: 47
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This film has showier stunts than its predecessors, and a better sense of humor. It also has Tina Turner, in chain-mail stockings. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, May 13, 2015

Fresh: An astonishing display of virtuoso cinema that is destined to take its place among the most vivid and freshly imagined fist-to-groin contests in the medium's history. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Gibson impressively fleshes out Max, Tina Turner is striking in her role as Aunty (as well as contributing two topnotch songs, which open and close the picture) and the juves are uniformly good. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The punky energy of the earlier films has given way to a self-conscious striving for significance, obscuring Miller's considerable kinetic talents in favor of a lumpy didacticism. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

favorite of the trilogy

great ending

Break the deal

face the wheel!

Beyond Max

This is such a weird movie. Its very trippy. Especially if you watch it at 3 in the morning. Not nearly as good as the first two mad max's but good none-the-less. I have to say that it was alittle to similar to "The Lord of The Flies", but its in the eye of the beholder. The one thing that I still find really funny about this movie, Tina Turners shoulder pads. If you do watch this movie, be sure to be on the look out for them. I do have to say however that if you are expecting the high speed chases of the first two films, dont get your hopes up. There is a chase scene at the end, but lets just say its different from previous ones.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1985

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