Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

Kennedy Miller Entertainment Released 1981




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George Miller (II)

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a post-apocalyptic film that follows the burnt out and desolate shell of a man, Max Rockatansky, as he roams the desert in his supercharged V-8 Pursuit Special with his dog in the search for fuel and food. The government's attempts to restore order ultimately have left this wasteland in a state of chaos with biker gangs decimating settlers for their supplies and bodies. Max, with a tricky autogyro pilot, makes his way to a small working oil refinery consistently attacked by a group of brutal marauders led by a well spoken but gruesome Lord Humungus and a vindictively violent Wez. Max sets out to protect the settlers while leading them to their freedom with the help of the Gyro captain and the feral kid, who wields a sharp-edged steel boomerang.

Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The experience is frightening, sometimes disgusting, and (if the truth be told) exhilarating. This is very skillful filmmaking, and Mad Max 2 is a movie like no other.

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a straightforward action/adventure film, filled to the brim with over-the-top chases and stunts.

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    The Road Warrior shows what happens when filmmakers learn something on their way to the sequel. Though the action here follows a predictable course (it's high-tech Shane), the mili...

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    • Taglines:
      1. Ruthless... Savage... Spectacular.
      2. Only one man can make the difference.
      3. When all that's left is one last chance, pray that he's still out there ... somewhere!
      4. In the future, cities will become deserts, roads will become battlefields and the hope of mankind will appear as a stranger.

    • Filming locations:
      Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
      Menindee Lakes, New South Wales, Australia
      Mundi Mundi Plains Lookout, Silverton, New South Wales, Australia
      Mundi Mundi Plains, Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
      New South Wales, Australia
      Pinnacles Road, The Pinnacles, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
      Silverton, New South Wales, Australia
      Stephen's Creek, New South Wales, Australia
      The Pinnacles, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia

    • Production budget - $2,000,000
      Domestic gross - $23,667,491 (35th)
      Worldwide gross - $28,500,000~ (28th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $69,214,641
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $83,347,122


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