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MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME

Director George Miller & George Ogilvie
Year 1985
Starring Mel Gibson, Tina Turner and Bruce Spence
Rating PG-13
Run Time 107min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME is the last time the post-apocalyptic icon found his way onto the screen, unless (ugh!) MAX MAD 4 somehow still gets made, and it’s a great sendoff.

The final product is decidedly different from MAD MAX and THE ROAD WARRIOR. The tone is lighter and a great performance by Tina Turner swings for the fences and (almost) overshadows Mel himself. Although it’s a bit of a departure that doesn’t mean it still isn’t pretty damn awesome. I mean it has a giant arena, Thunderdome, where “Two men enter. One man leaves.”

This time Max stumbles onto a barter town (aptly named Bartertown), fights for his life before he’s sent away by the town’s leader evil Aunt Entity (Turner) to exile and is eventually saved by group of kids who believe he is their savior.

While its heavy on these crazy plot developments the main joys of BEYOND THUNDERDOME, along with seeing Mel Gibson kick some ass and deliver awesome one-liners, come from the unique vision of director George Miller, especially the film’s amazing, ambitious and original set and costume designs.

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