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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)  IMDB   Website
Genre Action/Sci-Fi MPAA R
Director George Miller (II) Rating
Writer Terry Hayes (I) Runtime 94 minutes
Producer Byron Kennedy Type Movie
Cinematographer Dean Semler Format DVD
Studio Roadshow Distributors / Warner Brothers Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country Australia UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary

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A former police officer is now a lone wanderer, travelling through a devasted Australia after a nuclear war looking for the now-priceless fuel of petrol. He lives to survive and is none too pleased when he finds himself the only hope of a small group of honest people running a remote oil refinery. He must protect them from the bike gang that is terrorising them whilst transporting their entire fuel supply to safety.

Summary written by: Graeme Roy {gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk}
Actor / Character

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Mel Gibson ..... Max
Bruce Spence ..... The Gyro Captain
Michael Preston (I) ..... Pappagallo
Max Phipps ..... The Toadie
Vernon Wells ..... Wez
Kjell Nilsson ..... The Humungus
Emil Minty ..... The Feral Kid
Virginia Hey ..... Warrior Woman
William Zappa ..... Zetta
Arkie Whiteley ..... The Captain's Girl
Steve J. Spears ..... Mechanic
Syd Heylen ..... Curmudgeon
Moira Claux ..... Big Rebecca
David Downer ..... Nathan
David Slingsby ..... Quiet Man
Awards

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(1982) L.A. Film Critics Association - Best Foreign Film (win) .....
Review

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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 anti-heroes. He looks out for himself and only himself, and there's only a very fine line between him and the bad guys. The set-up of the "reluctant savior" rescuing the stranded "villagers" is about as traditional a story line as you can get, and the movie precedents are no less obvious: it's The 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. --- Brendon Hanley

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