Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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Kennedy Miller Productions Released 1985

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Director:
George Miller (II) , George Ogilvie
Released:
1985
Rating:
PG-13

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is the third film in the Mad Max trilogy. Set in a post-nuclear future, former cop Mad Max is now a travelling nomad making his way to Bartertown, a place where people go to buy, trade or sell anything. The town is ruled by Aunty Entity and overseen by an overweight henchman called the Collector. The energy source for the city is the methane gas produced by countless pigs housed under the city. Aunty Entity has plans for Max to engage in a fight to the death in the city's arena, Thunderdome. The arena is an elaborate structure, with the spectators along the outside, and the combatants suspended from the dome by wires. There Max will face Master-Blaster, actually two men. One is a dwarf in a harness, riding above a larger man in an iron mask.

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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a movie that strains at the leash of the possible, a movie of great visionary wonders.

  • 100

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Beyond Thunderdome is a masterfully directed fantasy, convincing down to the smallest detail in its vision of an alternate existence, and it has gone beyond the relentless sadomaso...

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    This middle portion of the picture becomes dangerously preachy, but just before we and Max are bored, director Miller returns Max to his roots, a screaming chase sequence through a...

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    • Production budget - $12,000,000
      Domestic gross - $36,230,219 (24th)
      AU gross - $4,272,802

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $82,972,304

    • Music:
      We Don't Need Another Hero
      (Thunderdome)
      Written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle
      Performed by Tina Turner
      One of the Living
      Written by Holly Knight
      Performed by Tina Turner with Devic

    • Filming locations:
      Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
      Blackheath, New South Wales, Australia
      Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
      Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia
      Breakaways Reserve, South Australia, Australia
      Crocodile Harry's Underground Nest, Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
      Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      Homebush Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      Kurnell Sandhills, Kurnell, New South Wales, Australia
      Kurnell, New South Wales, Australia
      Lunar Plains, Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
      Mermaid's Cave, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
      Moon Plain, South Australia, Australia
      North Head Peninsula, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      The Breakaways, Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia
      The Brick Pit, Homebush Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      The Castle, The Breakaways, Coober Pedy, South Australia, Australia

    • Taglines:
      1. Two men enter. One man leaves.
      2. Max is back...and Tina's got him!
      3. Hold out for Mad Max. This is his greatest adventure.
      4. 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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