Mad Max 2

Mad Max 2 (originally released in the United States as The Warrior Road and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior ) is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller . The film is the second installment in the Mad movie series , with Mel Gibson reprising his role as “Mad” Max Rockatansky . The movie’s tale of a community of settlers Who Moved to defend Themselves contre has roving band of marauders follows an archetypical ” Western” [5] Filming took place in locations around Broken Hill , in the outback of New South Wales. [6]

Mad Max 2 was released on December 24, 1981, and received ample critical acclaim. Observers praised the visuals and Gibson’s role. Noteworthy elements of the film also include cinematographer Dean Semler’s widescreen photography of Australia’s vast desert landscapes; the sparing use of dialogue throughout the film; costume designer Norma Moriceau’s mohawked punk , leather bondage gear -wearing bikers; and its fast-paced, tightly edited and violent battle and chase scenes.

The film’s comic-book post-apocalyptic / punk style popularized the genre in film and fiction writing. It was also a box office success, winning the Best International Film from six nominations at the Saturn Award ceremony, including: Best Director for Miller; Best Actor for Gibson; Best Supporting Actor for Bruce Spence ; Best Writing for Miller, Hayes and Hannant; and Best Costume for Norma Moriceau . Mad Max 2 became a cult movie, with fan clubs and “road warrior” -themed activities on the 21st century, and is now widely considered to be one of the greatest action movies ever made. [7] The film was preceded by Mad Max in 1979 and followed by Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985 and Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015.


Trapped by the death of his family, Max Rockatansky roams the desert wilderness of a post-apocalyptic Australia in a scarred, black supercharged V-8 Pursuit Special. Scavenging for food and petrol, Max’s only companions are an Australian Cattle Dog and a sawn-off shotgun with scarce ammunition. After driving off the road, we take a look at some of our vehicles. The autogyro is a boobytrapped, but it is a little over the world. However, on arriving, Max finds the compound under the Marauders, a motley gang of racers and motorcyclists of which wez is a member. The Marauders’ leader, a large disfigured man called ”

Biding his time, Max makes his move when a group of settlers attempt to break out of the compound to find a way out of the fuel tank out of the complex. With the others captured and subjected to torture, rape and death, Max rescues the remaining survivor and offers to get back to the complex in return for a tank of petrol. The man dies shortly after his return to the world, and the settlers’ leader Papagallo reneges on the deal. The settlers are on the verge of killing When the mother and son of a child go back to school, the child lives in the kitchen. leave his territory unharmed.

Another offers to deal with Papagallo: providing an alternative to an abandoned oil tanker. The settlers accept, but keep his car. Max sneaks out with the Feral Kid’s help, employing the Gyro Captain’s help in reaching the semi. With aerial support, Max drives the marauders into the compound with a livid Humungus refortifying the seat. Max to escape to the beach, Max opts to collect his petrol and leave. However, while attempting to break through the siege, Max finds himself off the road by Lord Humungus’s nitrous oxide-equipped car, where he is seriously wounded. One of Marauders kill Max’s dog with a crossbow before Toady ‘ The Marauders killed during the explosion. Max is left for dead, but the Gyro Captain rescues him and flies him back to the compound.

Despite his injuries, Max insists on the motorcycle and the fuel tanker. He leaves the compound, accompanied by the Feral Kid with Papagallo and several months of protection. Lord Humungus and most of his warriors pursue the tanker, leaving the compound in a ramshackle caravan, rigging the compound to explode. After Papagallo and the defenders are killed during the chase, and the Gyro Captain shot down. Max and the Feral Kid find themselves alone against the Marauders as Wez boards the truck to kill the two.

However, the collision with Humungus’ car kills both of us and the out-of-control truck rolls off the road while surviving Marauders leave. As the injured Max carries the Feral Kid from the wrecked tanker, he sees no oil, but sand, leaking from the tank. It turns out to be a decoy, allowing the other settlers to escape the precious fuel in their vehicles. With Papagallo dead, the Gyro Captain succeeds them to their leadership and the settlers to the coast, where they establish the “Great Northern Tribe”. Max remains alone in the desert, once again becoming a drifter with the Feral Kid (as an adult and the Northern Tribe’s new leader) reminiscing about the Road Warrior.


  • Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky , a form member of the Australian highway patrol called Expired the Main Force Patrol (MFP). However, after a biker gang kills his family, he leaves the force and hunts down and kills all of the gang members. The trauma transforms him into the embittered, “burnt out … shell of a man”. The road Warrior, who despite his acerbic nature, elects to assist the settlers in their plan. However once is complete, it becomes a drifter once again, choosing not to follow them north.
  • Bruce Spence as the Captain Gyro, a wanderer who looks for fuel and supplies. However, the Captain flies in a ramshackle old gyrocopter powered by a VW air-cooled engine. He, too, decides to throw in his lot with the settlers, and help defend their compound. Time ‘ s reviewer Richard Corliss called the Captain “a deranged parody of the World War I aerial ace: scarecrow skinny, gaily clad, sporting a James Coburn smile with advanced caries “; despite his quirks, however, the Captain proves to be wily and courageous. After the death of Pappagallo, the Captain Gyro succeeds him as the leader of the settlers. [8]
  • Vernon Wells as Wez, a mohawked, leather-clad biker who serves as Lord Humungus’ lieutenant in the gang. Vincent Canby , the New York Times reviewer called the Wez character the “most evil of the Humungus’s followers … [a] huge brute who rides around his bike, snarling psychotically.” [9] In the same Danny Peary interview, Miller states the characters of Wez and others, with each being chained by the leaders of their respective camps, and who both find themselves spurred on by the death of loved one somewhere in their past, in Wez’s case the recent recent death of The Golden Youth at the hand of The Feral Kid. [10] Empiremagazine listed Wez as the greatest movie henchman of all time. [11]
  • Emil Minty as the Feral Kid , a boy who lives in the wasteland near the refinery settlement. He speaks only in growls and grunts. The boy wears shorts and boots made of hide, and defends himself with a metal boomerang which he can catch using an improvised mail glove. [8] The narration of the opening and closing sequences, provided by Harold Baigent , proves in the closing sequence to be that of the Feral Kid, grown to adulthood by then, and remembering the circumstances of his youthful encounter with “Mad” Max.
  • Michael Preston as Pappagallo, the idealistic leader of the settlers in the barricaded oil refinery. Even though the settlers’ compound is besieged by a violent gang, Pappagallo “… carries the weight of his predicament with swaggering dignity.” [8]
  • Virginia Hey as the Warrior Woman, a female member of the settlers who initially distrusts Max.
  • Kjell Nilsson as Lord Humungus, the violent yet charismatic and articulate leader of a “vicious gang of post-holocaust, motorcycle-riding vandals” who “loot, rape, and kill the remaining remaining wasteland dwellers”. Announced by the Toadie as Lord Humungus, [the] ayatollah of rock-and-rollah “, The Humungus'” malevolence races through his huge pectorals, [and] pulses visibly under his bald, sutured scalp.” [8] The Humungus’ face is never seen, he wears a hockey goalie’s mask. In a 1985 interview with Danny Peary , Miller posited that he thought the character “was a trainer officer who suffered severe facial burns,” and who “
  • Max Phipps as the Toadie, the gang screaming . He is an unkempt, bespectacled man. He wears a decorated mink stole as a hat and HAS Many automotive badges and hood ornaments On His clothes. His behavior with Lord Humungus and Wez makes him a classic sycophant . Toadie takes pleasure in being abusive helpless prisoners, but the gang has little respect for him.
  • Arkie Whiteley as The Captain’s Girl, a beautiful young woman among the settlers who rejects the Captain Gyro’s offer to escape together.
  • Moira Claux as Big Rebecca, a female warrior among the settlers who wields a bow and arrow.
  • David Downer as Nathan, a member of the settlers who is trying to escape and is fatally wounded by some of Humungus’ bikers.



Following the release of Mad Max , director George Miller received a number of offers from Hollywood, including one to direct First Blood . Citation needed ] HOWEVER, INSTEAD Miller Decided to Pursue a rock and roll movie under the working title of Roxanne . After working with writer Terry Hayes on the novelization of Mad Max , Miller and Hayes teamed up to write Roxanne in Los Angeles but the script was ultimately shelved. [12] Miller then became more intrigued with the idea of ​​returning to the world ofMad Max , have a larger budget. “Making Mad Max was a very unhappy experience for me,” said Miller. “There was a lot of things to do, and we felt better with a second movie.” [13]

Inspired by Joseph Campbell ‘s The Hero with a Thousand Faces and the work of Carl Jung , [14] Miller Hayes or recruited to join the output as a scriptwriter. [15] Brian Hannant also came on board as co-writer and second unit director. Miller says that he was greatly influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa . [2]


Main photography took place in the winter of 1981 near Broken Hill . [16] Scenes were shot at the Pinnacles, where the set of the compound was situated. [17] The scene where the Pursuit Special rolls over and explodes at Menindee Road on the Mundi Plains just outside Broken Hill. [18] [19]

The original cut of the film was more bloody and violent, but it was cut down by Australian censors. Entire scenes and sequences were deleted completely or modified to receive an “M” rating. When it was submitted to the MPAA in the United States, two additional scenes (Wez pulling an arrow out of his arm and a close-up shot of him pulling a boomerang out of his dead boyfriend’s head) were shortened. Although there is a version of the film that includes the scenes trimmed down for the MPAA, no version without previous cuts exists. [2] [20]


The musical score for Mad Max 2 was composed and conducted by Australian composer Brian May , who had previously composed the music for the first film. A soundtrack album was released in 1982 by Varese Sarabande . [21]


When Mad Max was released in 1980 in the United States, it did not receive a proper release from its distributor, American International Pictures . AIP was in the final stages of a filming of filmways by Filmways, Inc. a year earlier. AIP’s Problems Affected the Release of the Film and Its Box Office in the US, although Mad Max is much more successful when released internationally. [22] Warner Bros. Decided to release Mad Max 2 in the United States, aim They Recognized que le first movie Was not popular in North America. Although the original Mad Maxwas becoming popular through the cable channel showings, Warner Bros. Decided to change the name of ict sequel to The Road Warrior . The advertising for the movie, including print ads, trailers, and commercial TVs, and the fact that the film was a sequel. For the majorité of viewers, Their First inkling of Road Warrior being white was sequel to Mad Max Was When They saw the black and white, archival footage from the previous film, DURING THE prologue.

The film was a commercial success, earning $ 3.7 million in Australia. As The Road Warrior in North America, it was a greater success. The movie earned $ 11.3 million in $ 23.6 million in gross. [2] Vestron Video capitalized by releasing Mad Max on video and subtitling it “the thrilling predecessor to the Road Warrior .” Despite the title change, fat from the US was released by other countries. Warner Bros. felt comfortable to keep the title of the third Mad Max movie, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome , intact For That movie’s American release.

Critical reception

Mad Max 2 received positive reviews and is Regarded by Many critics as one of the best movies of 1981. [23] [24] The movie holds a 98% rating is based 42 Reviews on Rotten Tomatoes as of 1 September 2017 and with average rating of 8.4 / 10 and with the consensus, ” The Road Warrior is everything a bigger-budgeted Mad Max should be bigger, faster, louder, but definitely not dumber.” [25] Roger Ebert’s movie criticism of the Chicago Sun-Timesthe film is one of the most popular filmmaking, and it is called “a film of pure action, of kinetic energy”, which is “one of the most relentlessly aggressive movies ever made” . While Ebert pointed out that the film does not develop its “vision of a violent future world … with characters and dialogue”, and uses only the “bar is possible bones of a plot”, he praised its action sequences. Ebert called the climactic chase sequence “unbelievably well-sustained” and states that the “special effects and stunts … are spectacular”, creating a “frightening, sometimes disgusting, and (if the truth be told) exhilarating” effect. [26]

In His review for The New York Times , Vincent Canby wrote, “Never: has a movie’s vision of the post-nuclear-holocaust world Seemed quite as desolate and as brutal or as action-packed And Sometimes as funny as in George Miller’s apocalyptic The Road Warrior , an extravagant fantasy movie that looks like a sadomasochistic comic book come to life “. [9] In his review for Newsweek , Charles Michener praised Mel Gibson’s “easy, unswagging masculinity,” saying that “[hint] of humor can be quintessentially Australian but is also the stuff of an international male star”. [27]

Gary Arnold, in his review for The Washington Post , wrote, “While he is trying to get away from it, he is still a prodigious talent, capable of a scenic and emotional amplitude that recalls the most stirring attributes in great action directors. like Kurosawa , Peckinpah and Leone “. [28] Pauline Kael called Mad Max 2 a “mutant” movie that was “… sprung from virtually all action genres”, creating “… one continuous spurt of energy” by using “jangly, fast editing”. However, Kael criticized director George Miller’s “attempt to tap into the universal concept of the hero”, stating that this attempt “[29]

The film’s depiction of a film is about to be widely copied by filmmakers and science fiction novels, to the point that its gritty “junkyard society of the future look … is almost taken for granted in the modern science-fiction action movie . ” [5] The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says that Mad Max 2 , “with all its comic-strip energy and vividness … is operating cinema at its most inventive.” [30]

Richard Scheib called Mad Max 2 “one of the few occasions when a makes a dramatic improvement in quality over its predecessor.” He said that the film is a “kinetic comic-book of a movie,” an “exhilarating non-stop rollercoaster ride of a movie that contains some of the most exciting stunts and crashes ever put on screen.” Scheib stated that the film transforms the “post-holocaust landscape into the equivalent of a Western frontier,” such that “Mel Gibson’s Max could not easily Clint Eastwood’s tight-lipped Man With No Name ” helping “decent frightened folk” from the “Redskins marauding”. [5]


The film received a lot of recognition from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films . It won the Saturn Award for Best International Film . It received additional nominations for Best Director , Best Writing , and Best Costume Design . Mel Gibson and Spence received nods for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor , respectively. George Miller won the Grand Prize at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival. Mad Max 2 was also nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and was awarded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award forBest Foreign Film . The film was also recognized by the Australian Film Institute , winning awards for best direction, costume design, editing, production design and sound. It received additional nominations for the cinematography and musical score. Despite receiving the most nominations and wins, it was nominated for Best Film. [31]


The Mad Max series of movies, with their emphasis on dystopian , apocalyptic , and post-apocalyptic themes and imagery, have inspired some artists to recreate the look and feel of some aspects of the series in their work. As well, fan clubs and “road warrior” -themed activities continues into the 21st century. In 2008, Mad Max 2 was selected by Empire magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time . [32] Also, The New York Times placed the film on its Best 1000 Movies Ever list. [33] Entertainment Weekly ranked Mad Max 293rd on their 100 Greatest Movies of All Time in 1999, The Best All-Time 100 Greatest Movies in 2013 list, and the character Mad Max on 11th on their list of All Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture . [34] In 2016, James Charisma of Playboy ranked the movie # 11 on a list of 15 Sequels That Are Way Better Than The Originals . [35]

The movie: has a permanent legacy in the small town of Silverton , qui est 25 kilometers from Broken Hill in New South Wales , Australia. A museum dedicated to Mad Max 2 was established in 2010 by Adrian and Linda Bennett, who developed the museum after moving to Silverton and building a collection of Mad Max props and memorabilia. [36]

See also

  • Seven Sisters (oil companies) , referred in the movie to the conspiracy theory


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