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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Actors: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence
Director: George Miller;George Ogilvie
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     1997     1hr 47min

Two men enter. One man leaves. That's the law in Bartertown's Thunderdome arena. But lawmaker Aunty Entity will soon add another: Don't get Max mad! Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome stars Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon, Maverick) f...  more »

     

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Actors: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence
Director: George Miller;George Ogilvie
Genres: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Mel Gibson, Horror, Fantasy
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/30/1997
Original Release Date: 07/10/1985
Theatrical Release Date: 07/10/1985
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Jerome G. from LA CRESCENTA, CA
Reviewed on 3/21/2014...
I was surprised to read that several other members truly enjoyed "Beyond Thunderdome". I can only say that this film ranks along with 'Waterworld' and 'Superman 3' as one of the worst films of all time.
Even Mel Gibson realized half way through he was stuck making "this piece of s**t." In the ass end of the Mad Max trilogy, there really is nothing left of the one-two punch and ferocious energy of the first two films. One of the most disappointing aspects is the PG13 rating. The brutality of the first two films is watered down and traded-in for more MTV friendly scenes of fantasy and touching close-ups of the orphan children. What was George Miller drinking while he co-directed (bad sign right there) this awful and bloated sequel? Maybe he will redeem himself as the remake is finally on its way. Anything will be better than a story about a town that runs on pig feces. Or a hero with gills that drinks his own urine in the opening shot...Kevin, what were you thinking???
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Third best of the trilogy, but fun watching anyway.
Ryan Harvey | Los Angeles, CA USA | 01/22/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The Mad Max films finish their transformation from the edgy, ultra-violent first movie to this kid-friendly adventure picture with slick production values and flawless photography. The violence is toned down and the fantasy elements are played up; unfortunately, this means the post-apocalytpic kick of the second movie (just about one of the greatest action flick -- EVER!) has vanished. "Thunderdome" has some fine moments, especially the well-directed scenes with the tribes of children and the haunting images of the coda, as well a couple of good action sequences, such as the face-off in the Thunderdome arena, but it doesn't stay in your memory the way the first two films do. It is still worth seeing if you enjoyed the other movies in the series. Tina Turner's performance is certainly interesting, similar to Grace Jones turn in "Conan the Destroyer," which was made at about the same time.Of course, if you've never seen a Mad Max films, don't start here. Go back to the first one (available in a great deluxe DVD), then work up to the best of three "Road Warrior" (available in a not so deluxe DVD), then you'll be ready for this finale -- and this DVD doesn't have much in the way of extras on it either."
Mel Gibson's most underrated film
Eric | 07/09/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I'm probably one out of only a handful of people that thinks Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is just as good as The Road Warrior, and for different reasons, too. The Road Warrior was a spectacle of frenetically paced action sequences and it would feel like a complete retread if Beyond Thunderdome tried to do the same thing again. Instead, they added new elements, and the result is a very entertaining and imaginitive action/adventure.Max (Mel Gibson) has just been robbed of all his belongings in the middle of nowhere in Australia. He searches for the thief and this leads to Bartertown, a unique society built upon methane energy dependent on pig manure, no less. Max's search leads him to Aunty Entity (Tina Turner), Bartertown's lawmaker, who strikes a deal with him. All Max has to do is kill a certain somebody in Thunderdome arena and he'll get provisions in return. Not everything goes according to plan and Max is banished to the desert where he is rescued by a small group of lost children.For those expecting the action of The Road Warrior you might be disappointed. While there is a good bit of action in Beyond Thunderdome, it's not as much as its predecessor and doesn't have as much energy. However, Beyond Thunderdome should be noted for having what is perhaps one of the best action sequences in American film history with the gladiator fight in Thunderdome arena between Max and the gigantic Blaster. The sequence is undeniably inventive and clever; it involves the two men tied to bungee cords that allow them to spring and leap throughout the arena and grab any weapons placed all around such as a mace, chainsaw, spear, etc.What makes the film so good, though, are its successful attempts at creating complex societies. Bartertown is a sight to behold and is made all the more interesting by the rituals the "citizens" perform and the laws they obey.As for the performances, Mel Gibson excels and gives a fine performance as usual. Tina Turner is a real surprise as the villainess; she certainly knows how to act and delivers a fairly good performance. Most of the supporting cast do a decent job with the material they're given. Angry Anderson, in particular, is quite humorous as the henchmen who rarely talks and mostly grunts, screams, and yells in exaggerated tones.After Brian May's exciting score in The Road Warrior, Maurice Jarre takes over the job and composes a score that is quite poetic and, at times, lush and beautiful.As with all the final scenes in the Mad Max films, this one ends perfectly. This time, we get the feeling that humanity has hope so long as men like Max are around."
A Worthy Sequel
J. Victor | Long Island NY | 05/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The third chapter of the Mad Max films can't possibly outdo the success of The Road Warrior, but it's a worthy successor, an exciting film with a very interesting story. Mel Gibson's Max is back again and finds himself helping another group of ragtag characters. Max finds his way to a town called Bartertown and is forced to engage in a gladiator battle to the death. After refusing to kill his beaten enemy, he's dragged back out to the wasteland, there he's rescued by a group of tribal children. A small group from Bartertown is looking to escape to "The Promised Land" Max and some of his young rescuers lead the way.Tina Turner is on hand as the wicked Aunty Entity, ruler of Bartertown. Bookending the film are two excellent songs from her as well. Mad Max "3" is a worthy sequel, while not as intense as the previous two, the story is thought provoking and while a bit slow paced, the ending is more than worthwhile. Maurice Jarre's music score isn't as intense but does create an appropriate epic atmosphere. George Miller and George Ogilvie are the directors and create both a sequel and a film that can stand on it's own."