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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

The third in the series opens strong with Mel Gibson being dislodged from his camel train by low-flying Bruce Spence in an airborne jalopy (providing as much fun here as he did as the gyro Captain in the earlier Max films, this time accompanied by Adam Cockburn as his daredevil son).

The third in the series opens strong with Mel Gibson being dislodged from his camel train by low-flying Bruce Spence in an airborne jalopy (providing as much fun here as he did as the gyro Captain in the earlier Max films, this time accompanied by Adam Cockburn as his daredevil son).

To retrieve his possessions, Gibson has to confront Tina Turner, the improbably named Aunty, mistress of Bartertown, a bizarre bazaar where anything # up to and including human lives # is traded as the only form of commerce in the post-apocalyptic world.

Turner throws him a challenge: engage in a fight to the death with a giant known as The Blaster (Paul Larsson) in the Thunderdome, a geometric arena which serves as a kind of futuristic Roman Colosseum for the delectation of the locals.

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.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Australia

  • Production: Kennedy Miller. Director George Miller, George Ogilvie; Producer George Miller; Screenplay Terry Hayes, George Miller; Camera Dean Semler; Editor Richard Francis-Bruce; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Graham 'Grace' Walker
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 106 MIN.
  • With: Mel Gibson Tina Turner Angelo Rossitto Helen Buday Bruce Spence Frank Thring
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