Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome [WS/P&S] [DVD] [1985]

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96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (335 out of 351)

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  • Theatrical Trailer
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Synopsis


Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
About 15 years after the events of Mad Max 2, nuclear war has finally destroyed what little was left of civilization. Grizzled and older, former cop Max (Mel Gibson) roams the Australian desert in a camel-drawn vehicle -- until father-and-son thieves Jebediah Sr. (Bruce Spence) and Jr. (Adam Cockburn) use their jury-rigged airplane to steal his possessions and means of transportation. Max soon winds up in Bartertown, a cesspool of post-apocalyptic capitalism powered by methane-rich pig manure and overseen by two competing overlords, Aunty Entity (Tina Turner) and Master (Angelo Rossitto), a crafty midget who rides around on the back of his hulking underling, Blaster (Paul Larsson). Seeking to re-equip himself, Max strikes a deal with the haughty Aunty to kill Blaster in ritualized combat inside Thunderdome, a giant jungle gym where Bartertown's conflicts are played out in a postmodern update of blood and circuses. Although Max manages to fell the mighty Blaster, he refuses to kill him after realizing the brute is actually a retarded boy. Aunty's henchmen murder Blaster nonetheless, then punish Max for violating the law that "Two men enter, one man leaves." Lashed to the back of a hapless pack animal and sent out into a sandstorm, a near-death Max is rescued by a band of tribal children and teens. The descendants of the victims of an airplane crash, the kids inhabit a lush valley and wait for the day when Captain Walker, the plane's pilot, will return to lead them back to civilization. Some of the children, refusing to believe that Max isn't Walker and that the glorious cities of their mythology no longer exist, set off in search of civilization on their own. Max and three tribe members must then rescue their friends from Bordertown and the clutches of Aunty Entity -- a quest that ends in a lengthy desert chase sequence that echoes the first two Mad Max films. Spence also appeared in Mad Max 2 in a different role, that of the Gyro Captain. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Mel Gibson
    Mel Gibson - Mad Max
  • Tina Turner
    Tina Turner - Aunty Entity
  • Angelo Rossitto
    Angelo Rossitto - The Master
  • Helen Buday
    Helen Buday - Savannah Nix
  • Bruce Spence
    Bruce Spence - Jedediah



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Blu-ray Disc)

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    s70red
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    2 words. Mel and Tina! They played well together. Their charters made the movie. Not Master blaster or any one else. Tine looked amazing in her costume with those million dollar legs! This shows an aging more mature version of MAD MAX. But when it came time to kill Master Blaster he surprisingly shows mercy. Once he figured out what was really going on or was it something else? I believe the movie wants you to think he was tricked and yes he was in a way. But in the world of MAD MAX this is the lay of the land. He fought to get his things and his life was in the balance. He was at the moment of getting all his possessions back. He drops his weapon refuses to kill and gets banished to the dessert. (One of Aunties thugs kill Master Blaster anyway.) This shows an aging more mature MAX. He will never forget what happened to his family. Maybe he will never forgive. But he is not a cold killer although he could be and should be in the post apocalyptic world he is in. In the end right prevails over the wrong. MAD MAX again the hero.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Two Directors, two movies?

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    lightvalve
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    Mad Max is a classic movie hero. Max Max 2: The Road Warrior is one of greatest post apocolyptic movies ever and has great performances from all involved and consistent story that is always moving forward but Beyond Thunderdome feels like two films. The first is an action movies with a classic struggle in the Thunderdome, "Two men enter, one man leaves." Then Max becomes a babysitter for a group of naive children. At this point the film takes a drastic and turn. The final obligatory vehicle chase sequence is under whelming and the ending is far from satisfying. The redeaming quality in this movie is the performances from Mel Gibson and others. The story is weak. I have seen the newest Mad Max, Fury Road. It is a return to fantastic action film. The only thing missing is Mel Gibson but Tom Hardy is also great as the iconic Max Rockatansky.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    MAX, AT IT AGAIN

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    PowerOfJuju
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    This is part two of the original MAD MAX. Mel Gibson returns as the Max and is mad as always. Years have past as Max has wondered through an apocalyptic waste land, still haunted by his past. Time has not been nice (neither to him, his wardrobe, nor his vehicle). Beyond The Thunder Dome stands out from other post apocalyse movies of the day with everything from midgets, giants and orphans to a single father, grungy gladiators and a slightly psychotic banshee wanna be overlord, played by Tina Turner. What more could you ask for from the 80's?

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome movie

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    Archer77
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    This DVD is the 3rd installment and the last piece to my Mad Max collection. Mel Gibson's Mad Max is a legendary action character and in Mel's last installment as Max Rockatansky he went out with a bang.. Tina Turner's performance as Aunty Entity was right on the money as she will go down as one of the coolest villains on screen. Although a little annoying at times, I enjoyed Mel's interaction the kids from the oasis who seemed life they were left overs from Lord of the Flies or the inhabitants of Peter Pan's Never-Neverland. But though not as great as the original Mad Max and the sequel Road Warrior, It's stil woth watching and having in my collect.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A slower Max ....

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    I grew up on the Mad Max movies, my mom took us to the drive in when the first one came out. My brother and I were supposed to be lying down in the back of the van but my we managed to sneak-watch the movie! By the time Thunderdome came out I could go by myself to see it, but I remember thinking it wasn't that good. Now that I am older I appreciate this film a bit more. It seems like the director realized that the first Mad Max film set a fast pace, this was bumped up with The Road Warrior, so rather than going crazy fast with even more crashes he slowed this one down. It isn't a great movie but I do think it is an essential part of Max's story.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    2 men enter, 1 man leaves....

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    Movieman1
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    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner, 1985. Mad Max is found and taken in from the wasteland to Barter Town a trading oasis. It is a post-nuclear future and is a hero for a tribe of lost children. He has to face off against Auntie Entity (Tina Turner). This film has criminals placed into a giant cage called Thunderdome with weapons and they fight to the death. "Two men enter, one man leaves." My favorite characters were Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, and the singer from Rose Tattoo Angry Anderson. We need heroes like Mad Max in our world today, we don't have enough of them anymore. I found myself needing to find the way home, and with this one, I did!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    2 Men Enter 1 Man Leaves!

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    BCSMITHROCKS
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    This movie is epic, although it lacks the automotive/high speed aspect of the Original Mad Max and the Sequel The Road Warrior. I would say that Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome perhaps has the most heart of all of the previous films. You see a man who wants to turn the cheek and only care about his own survival, but no matter how hard he tries. Max always end up trying to do the right thing. It shows the true heart of the character and how he will always put others before his own needs. This film is a must watch for fans of the series, but a must own for fans of 1980's films.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    1980's cinematic excess in all it's glory!

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    obscura
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    The first Mad Max film is a tight, independent import from Australia with definite Grindhouse leanings. In Road Warrior, we find ourselves in a post-apocalyptic world that didn't seem to exist in the original, with no real explanation of how it got there. Didn't matter. The top-notch action successfully distracted one from that little fact. Thunderdome follows through with this world to mirror the excesses of 1985. While not as intriguing and suspenseful as Mad Max and not as fun as Road Warrior, it is definitely entertaining, nonetheless.

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