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      Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

      PG-13 Released Jul 1, 1985 1 hr. 46 min. Sci-Fi Action List
      81% 54 Reviews Tomatometer 49% 50,000+ Ratings Audience Score In the third of the "Mad Max" movies, Max (Mel Gibson) drifts into an evil town ruled by Turner. There he becomes a gladiator and gets dumped in the desert where he is rescued by a band of feral orphans who have been looking for help for years. When several of them take his appearance as a sign and go off into the desert, he follows them back to the town. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Sep 19 Buy Now

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      Beyond Thunderdome deepens the Mad Max character without sacrificing the amazing vehicle choreography and stunts that made the originals memorable.

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      Audience Member Apesar de não possuir a mesma ação frenética dos filmes anteriores o filme compensa com uma história mais concisa e ambiciosa, fazendo com que seja um ótimo encerramento para os filmes de Mad Max com Mel Gibson. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/19/24 Full Review Rospi D Violent, Gritty, Cult and 80s Beyond Thunderdome proves a 'Miller' vision to it's fullest. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/27/24 Full Review David C Me hubiera gustado ver más Acción Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/21/24 Full Review M B Legendary film and forever classic. George Millar and Byron truly created and owned this post apocalyptic genre Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/05/24 Full Review Blu B It's a mess but still ok enough. The cinematography & soundtrack are half decent though the weakest of the trilogy. Framing, special effects, and production value is all top notch and you can tell this has the highest production value of all of them, but it's used in very bizarre and surreal ways. Scenes like the Thunderdome fight are choregraphed in a very surreal borderline comedic way. The lost kids feels like something out of Hook not a Mad Max movie even though it is creative. The pig farm, midget, and other aspects are just bizarre and can almost come across as comedic in a gonzo like way though not fully if that makes sense. Everything else is just ok. The weakest parts of this that hold it back is the story and supporting cast. The first 40 minutes in Bartertown feel almost unneeded and not much happens and what does can feel borderline incoherent. Why doesn't he kill the guy when he made a deal? Who was he looking for? Also, the fact the airplane guy from the first happens to live right where the train stops and his kid just happens to stick them up at the exact time they need it is a bit farfecthed. Butt in general those questions at the start are never really answered and it feels like things just drag at certain points also. You could almost cut the first 30-40 minutes and not much would be lost. They should've started with Max in the sand but I guess they wanted to show off the higher budget but forgot to make a tighter story as well. That also extends to the characters in this in terms of nothing special. Tina Turner also is so miscast in this as a villian and isn't intimidating at all. Max himself doesn't do much in this or grow as a character. He doesn't really form any bonds with anyone and all the characters we meet in the first half are just abandoned and forgotten about for the kids who don't really have much personality and just sort of blend in. This needed a better script, better and more consistent supporting cast around Max, and lfix the tone ambiguity with less surreal/bizzare elements that can come across almost comedic. I can't really recommend this to anyone despite it being passable. Skip it and stick witth the first two. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/28/23 Full Review Eric P While my fav. two Mad Max films are The Road Warrior and Fury Road, this one is still pretty good. While strange and goofy at times, it's got some really memorable moments, and who doesn't love Blaster Master? I like how the director took some risks with the film even if it isn't my fav. Though not perfect, it's still a unique and fun movie that influenced a whole slew of others... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Paul Attanasio Washington Post It's comic books in a Cuisinart, all costumes and cute monikers and no story, a sort of case history of just what's wrong with sequelitis. Jan 4, 2018 Full Review Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune This middle portion of the picture becomes dangerously preachy, but just before we and Max are bored, director Miller returns Max to his roots, a screaming chase sequence through a desertlike Australian landscape. Rated: 3.5/4 May 13, 2015 Full Review Michael Wilmington Los Angeles Times Beyond Thunderdome is the third in George Miller's Mad Max series, and it closes the trilogy like a lightning blast followed by the ominous, resonant drone of thunder. May 13, 2015 Full Review James Olsen Starburst If Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome doesn't live up to the pace and power of its predecessors, its richer visual style and more substantial storyline and characterizations, are a welcome, if not wholly successful, change in emphasis. Jul 22, 2022 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review While Miller explores his individual tonal shifts in his three disparate acts, he uses a visual sense and grandiosity that had become the mainstream—a blockbuster method popularized by Spielberg and George Lucas. Rated: 3/4 Jun 21, 2022 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com …it’s a watchable, big budget lo-fi, sci-fi spectacle, but something of an unnecessary pit-stop in the development of Max Rockatansky, and a boring hero we could all probably do without right now… Rated: 3/5 Jun 9, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In the third of the "Mad Max" movies, Max (Mel Gibson) drifts into an evil town ruled by Turner. There he becomes a gladiator and gets dumped in the desert where he is rescued by a band of feral orphans who have been looking for help for years. When several of them take his appearance as a sign and go off into the desert, he follows them back to the town.
      Director
      George Miller, George Ogilvie
      Screenwriter
      Terry Hayes, George Miller
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Kennedy Miller Productions
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Sci-Fi, Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 1, 1985, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 15, 2008
      Sound Mix
      Magnetic Stereo 6 Track, Dolby Stereo, Surround
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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