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The Road Warrior (1981)

Australia 91m, Colour
Director: George Miller; Cast: Mel Gibson, Michael Preston, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Kjell Nilsson, Virginia Hey, Emil Minty

As sequel to Mad Max (1979), The Road Warrior is an action-packed post-apocalyptic story about a community of people who attempt to hold on to what little remains of their humanity as they defend themselves against a throng of punk and bondage-inspired chain and leather-clad psychotic gasoline hungry killers. In seeing an opportunity to secure petrol for his own car, Max intervenes on behalf of the settlers only to begrudgingly rediscover his own humanity. The Road Warrior’s location in the Australian outback provides a stunning backdrop for its spectacular car chases and the high-speed combat which ensues. Despite the thinnest of plots, The Road Warrior’s unrelenting energy, impressive special effects and grotesque characters offer a frightening and entertaining movie experience which helped further define this genre of film (Klaus Ming January 2011).

3 comments on “The Road Warrior (1981)

  1. Dave Becker
    01/17/2011

    Words cannot begin to describe how much I love this movie!

    THE ROAD WARRIOR was a big part of my youth (I wore the 1st VHS tape out, the first time I had ever done this, and had to record it again. Then, in 1983, our house was hit by lightning and all of the electrical equipment was fried. Before the storm, I had stopped this movie in the middle to go eat dinner, and thanks to the lightning, my replacement copy got stuck in the damn VCR! We had to send it away to get repaired, and I had to wait 6 weeks for it. Once it arrived back, I just had to watch it again.)

    This is my favorite of the series…I love it more than MAD MAX.

    • Klaus
      01/17/2011

      Great story! Hilarious that you actually wore out your first copy. I’d forgotten how nasty VCRs could be – especially after they stopped making top loader machines and when to a front load eject system which often got jammed.

      For the record, I like The Road Warrior better than Mad Max as well…and let us not speak of Beyond Thunderdome 😉

  2. joem18b
    01/18/2011

    a favorite movie memory: slipping out of work, crossing the freeway to the Allied Arts 8 Cinema, grabbing a hamburger and coke on the way in, and spending the aftertoon with four or five other moviegoers in the theater watching the first Conan movie and then Road Warrior. Pure entertainment.

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