The Road Warrior (1982)
Front Cover Actor
Mel Gibson Mad Max
Virginia Hey Warrior Woman
Syd Heylen Curmudgeon
Emil Minty Feral Kid
Kjell Nilsson Humungus
Max Phipps Toadie
Vernon Wells Wez
David Slingsby Quiet Man
Steve J. Spears Mechanic
Bruce Spence Gyro Captain
Michael Preston
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure
Director George Miller
Producer Arthur Kennedy
Writer Brian Hannant; Terry Hayes
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Run Time 94 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
A strong candidate for the designation of most thrilling action movie ever made (the turbo-charged exhilaration of its full-throttle highway chases has never been equaled), the second part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic trilogy is also a magnificently imagined movie myth. Like the Star Wars trilogy (by that other George) the Mad Max films draw their inspiration from the works of mythologist Joseph Campbell. In the 1979 original, Max (Mel Gibson) is a policeman, the last guardian of civilization and order in a devastated world reduced to chaos. But when a leather-clad gang of sadomasochistic speed demons mows down Max's family, his remaining connections to humanity are also permanently severed. After brutally exacting his revenge, Max wanders off into the wasteland alone, "a burned out shell of a man" who (to paraphrase The Searchers) is destined to wander forever between the winds. In The Road Warrior, Max rediscovers a sliver of his shattered humanity, and a spark of redemption, when he helps an embattled colony of pioneers fight off the savages who are after that most precious of all commodities: "guzzline." Max is transformed into a legendary hero, just as Mel Gibson was catapulted to international movie stardom. With its final stirring images, The Road Warrior transcends its genre (whatever that may be--science fiction? Western? action adventure?) and becomes something timeless. It's a great movie. --Jim Emerson
Personal Details
Seen It No
Index 200
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 085391118121
Chapters 32
Release Date 2/3/2004
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby