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Mad Max 2 (1981)

Country of Origin: Australia
Year of Production: 1981
Running Times: 91m (Australia)/94m (USA)/96m (UK)
Length:
Format: 35mm/Panavision (anamorphic)
Colour Format: colour
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: recorded in Dolby Stereo


DIRECTION

Directed by: George Miller


CREW

PRODUCTION
Copyright: © MCMLXXXI [1981] Kennedy Miller Entertainment Pty. Ltd. and others
Production Company: Kennedy Miller present  a Kennedy Miller Entertainment production  Made by Kennedy Miller Entertainment Pty. Ltd.
Produced by: Byron Kennedy
Production Supervisor: Patrick Clayton
Production Co-ordinator: Rosanne Andrews-Baxter
Pre-production Co-ordinator: Jenny Day

SCRIPT
Screenplay by: Terry Hayes, George Miller with Brian Hannant

DIRECTION
Second Unit Director: Brian Hannant
First Assistant Director: Patrick Clayton, Brian Hannant
Second Assistant Director: Toivo Lember
Third Assistant Director: Phil Hurst
Additional Assistant Director: Andrew Plain
Second Unit Assistant Director: Mark Thomas
Continuity: Linda Ray

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: Dean Semler
Main Unit Second Cameraman/Operator: Bill Grimmond
2nd Unit Cameraman: Geoff Simpson
Second Unit Camera Assistant: John Brock
Focus Puller: Richard Merryman
Main Unit Second Camera Assistant/Focus Puller: Derry Field
Main Unit Additional Assistant Camera: Peter Lipscombe
Clapper/Loader: Andrew McLean
Gaffer: John Morton
Best Boy: Paul Moyes
Assistant Electrician: Dean Bryan
Key Grip: Graeme Mardell
Second Unit Grip: Graham Carter
Assistant Grip: Garry Carden
Stills Photographer: Carolyn Johns
Filmed in Panavision

EDITING AND POST-PRODUCTION
Film Editors: David Stiven with Tim Wellburn, Michael Balson
Additional Editors: George Miller, Michael Chirgwin, Christopher Plowright
Assistant Editors: Les Fiddes, Annabelle Sheehan, Philip Dickson, Ruth Beach
Editor's Assistant: Alison Pickup
Negative Cutting: Margaret Cardin
Laboratory Liaison: Bill Gooley
Colour Grading: Arthur Cambridge
Processed by: Colorfilm Pty. Ltd.

MUSIC
Music Composed and Conducted by: Brian May
Music Recorded & Mixed at: A.A.V. Australia by Roger Savage

SOUND
Sound Recordist: Lloyd Carrick
Boom Operator: Chris Goldsmith
Supervising Sound Editor: Bruce Lamshed
Sound Editors: Mark Van Buuren, Penn Robinson, Andrew Stewart
Assistant Sound Editors: Mike O'Donnell, Anne Breslan
Sound Mixers: Roger Savage, Bruce Lamshed, Byron Kennedy
Post-production Sound: Spectrum Films International, A.A.V. Australia
Sound Mixed at: Film Australia
Dolby Sound Consultant: David Watts

COSTUMES AND MAKE-UP
Costume Design: Norma Moriceau
Wardrobe Master: Roger Monk
Pre-production Wardobe Assistant: Shelley Lodge
Wardrobe Machinists: Pam Maling, Terry Lamera, Margaret Thomas
Make-up Supervisor: Lesley Vanderwalt
Make-up Artiste: Karla O'Keefe; Kathy Coultrup (uncredited)

SPECIAL MAKE UP EFFECTS
Special Make-up Effects: Bob McCarron

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects Chief: Jeffrey Clifford
Special Effects Team: Monte Fieguth, David Hardy, Steve Courtley
Special Effects Construction: Brian Hunter, Greg Mulhearn

TITLES AND OPTICALS
Titling: Optical & Graphic
Optical Effects: Kim Priest

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Art Direction: Graham "Grace" Walker
Assistant Art Director: Steve Amezdroz
Special Props Designer/Maker: Melinda Brown
Stand-by Props: John Daniell
Props Buyer/Art DEpartment Assistant: Pauline Walker
Construction Manager: Dennis Smith
Construction Stand-by: Kerrin Stevens
Construction: Frederick Santos, George Zukiwskyj, George Tsoutas, Michael Lehmann, Peter De Bono, Philip Henderson-Wilson, Derek Wyness

OTHER CREW
Production Accountant: Catherine Barber
Accounts Assistant: Jennifer Lee-Lewes
Producer's Assistant: Linda Bates
Director's Pre-production Assistant: Mardy Kennedy
Producer's Secretary: Catherine Phillips
Sydney Office Liaison: Dixie Betts
Transportation Manager: Ralph Clark
Helicopter Pilots: Harvey Else, John Hurrel
Autogyro Pilot: Gerry Goodwin
Chief Car Mechanic: Dave Thomas
Mechanics Team: Allan Mills, George Bischoff, Bill Anderson, Gordon Parr, Marshall Read, Stuart Johnson, John Murch, Clive Smith
Motorcycle Buyer/Mechanic: Barry Bransen
Motorcycle Mechanic: Guy Norris
Truck Mechanic: Arthur Henley
Unit Drivers: Jack Skyver, John Brand, Sue Clark
Traffic Supervisors: Dean Kennan, Grant Larkin
Animal Handler/Trainer: Dale Aspin
Caterer: Ray Fowler
Assistant Caterer: Peter Moyes
Unit Nurses: Angelika Wyness, Athnea Willcocks
Unit Runners: Kevin Cross, Ian Mitchell
Dialogue Coach: Sandy Gore
Documentary Cameraman: Andrew Lesnie
Security Guards: Hugh Gooley, Reg West, David Jeffrey, Derek Wyness

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The producers wish to thank: Berger Paints; Dunlop Olympic Tyres; Nashua; Philips/TMC Radio Division; O'Brien Glass Industries; Wormald International; Mathews Haritos; Hella; Hoover; Electrolux; Coca-Cola; Mr. Juicy Fruit Juices; Pics; C.I.G. Nikon; Budget Rent-a-Car; Ansett Airlines; Australian Army and Navy
With special thanks to the city and people of Broken Hill; Mack Trucks; and Cinesound Movietone Pty. Ltd. for the use of their library footage included in the opening montage

LOCATIONS
Made on location in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Location Manager: Steve Knapman

STUNTS
Stunt Co-ordinator: Max Aspin
Stunt Team: Guy Norris, Glen Boswell, Gerry Gauslaa, Bob Hicks, Kim Noyce
Acrobatic Stunts: Vern Dietrich
Feral Boy Acrobatic Double: Melissa Grillett
Truck Precision/Stunt Driver: Dennis Williams

CASTING
Casting: Mitch Consultancy, Mitch Matthews (uncredited)


CAST

Mel Gibson (Max Rockatansky)

with
Bruce Spence (the gyro captain)
Mike Preston (Pappagallo)
Max Phipps as The Toadie
Vernon Wells as Wez

and
Emil Minty as the feral kid

Kjell Nilsson (The Humungus)
Virginia Hey (warrior woman)
William Zappa (Zetta)
Arkie Whiteley (the captain's girl)
Steve J. Spears (mechanic)
Syd Heylen (curmudgeon)
Moira Claux (Big Rebecca)
David Downer (Nathan)
David Slingsby (quiet man)
Kristoffer Greaves (mechanic's assistant)
Max Fairchild (broken victim)
Tyler Coppin (defiant victim)
Jimmy Brown (golden youth)
Tony Deary (grinning mohawker)
Kathleen McKay (victim)
Guy Norris (bearclaw mohawk)
Anne Jones, James McCardell (tent lovers)
Harold Baigent (voice of narrator)


PLOT SUMMARY

After spending some time aimlessly wandering the post-apocalyptic deserts of Australia, former cop Max Rockatansky reluctantly throws in his lot with a band of idealists who have found a way to extract and refine gasoline from beneath the sands. Max tries to help the colony relocate to a distant place of safety while all the time, a vicious gang of marauders in souped up cars and motorcycles threaten to invade the compound.


AVAILABILITY

Germany
DVD Distributor: Warner Home Video (11181)

UK
Video Distributor: Warner Home Video (S011181); (S035178 - triple pack with Mad Max and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome); (S012576 - double pack with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)
DVD Distributor: Warner Home Video (D011181)

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Warner Brothers
DVD Distributor: Warner Home Video (11181)


CENSORSHIP HISTORY

UK
Rating: X; 18
Although the video releases are uncut, the DVD release is missing several brief scenes, including the close-up of Wez twisting an arrow from his arm and the shot of the feral kid's boomerang embedded in someone's forehead. This may not, however, be the fault of the British Board of Film Censors as all Region 2 (European) discs are cut the same way.

USA
Rating: R (cut by a few seconds to remove some mild torture scenes)


AWARDS

1982
Australian Film Institute

Best Achievement in Costume Design (Norma Moriceau) - winner
Best Achievement in Editing (Michael Balson, George Miller, Christopher Plowright, David Stiven, Tim Wellburn) - winner
Best Achievement in Production Design (Graham 'Grace' Walker) - winner
Best Achievement in Sound (Lloyd Carrick, Byron Kennedy, Bruce Lamshed, Penn Robinson, Roger Savage, Andrew Stewart, Marc Van Buren) - winner
Best Direction (George Miller) - winner
Best Achievement in Cinematography (Dean Semler) - nominated
Best Original Music Score (Brian May) - nominated

Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival
Grand Prize (George Miller) - winner

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Best Foreign Language Film - winner

1983
Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Films, USA

Saturn Award: Best International Film - winner

Hugo Awards
Best Dramatic Presentation - nominated


TIMELINE

1982
March

5: Switzerland - theatrical release

April
28: USA - shown at the New York Film Festival

August
20: USA - theatrical release
27: West Germany - theatrical release

November
5: Sweden - theatrical release

December
10: Finland - theatrical release

1983
July

29: Norway - theatrical release

1992
May
5: UK - television broadcast (on BBC2)

August
10: UK - video release (Warner Brothers Home Video (S012576 - double pack with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome))

1994
October

Day Unknown: UK - television broadcast (on BBC2)

1995
January
21: UK - video release (Warner Home Video (S011181 - widescreen))

August
21: UK - video release (Warner Home Video (S011181))

October
Day Unknown: UK - television broadcast (on BBC1)

1996
May

2: UK - video deleted (Warner Home Video (S011181))

1997
April

1: USA - DVD release (Warner Home Video (11181))

1998
February

27: UK - video deleted (Warner Brothers Home Video S012576 - double pack with Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome)

April
25: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)

1999
April

26: UK - DVD release (Warner Home Video (D011181))
29: Germany - DVD release (Warner Home Video (11181))

May
29: UK - television broadcast (on ITV)


POSTER TAGS

Ruthless... Savage... Spectacular

In the future, cities will become deserts, roads will become battlefields and the hope of mankind will appear as a stranger.


ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Asfalttisoturi - Finnish title
Interceptor, il guerriero della strada - Italian title
Mad Max 2: A Caçada Continua - Brazilian title
Mad Max 2, el guerrero de la carretera - Spanish title
Mad Max 2: le défi - French title
Mad Max 2: Maanteesõdalane - Estonian title
Mad Max 2: O Guerreiro da Estrada - Portugese title
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior - US title
Mad Max II - Der Vollstrecker - West German title
Road Warrior, The - US title


LINKS

SEQUEL TO
Mad Max (1979)

SEQUEL
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

SEE ALSO
2020: Gladiator del Texas (1982)
Fallout (1997)
Moving (1988)
Toad Warrior (1996)
Warlords of the 21st Century (1982)
Waterworld (1995)
Weird Science (1985)

FOOTAGE INCLUDED IN
40,000 Years of Dreaming (1996)


REFERENCES

PERIODICALS

Cinefantastique vol.12 no.4 (May /June 1982) p.6 (USA)
preview

Cinefantastique vol.12 no.5/6 (July /August 1982) p.92 (USA)
review

Cinema Papers no.33 (July /August 1981) p.277 (Australia)
credits

Cinema Papers no.36 (February 1982) pp.74-75 (Australia)
review

L'Ecran Fantastique no.23 (1982) pp.64-69 (France)
article, interview

Empire no.123 (September 1999) p.138 (UK)
DVD review

Film Comment vol.18 no.4 (July /August 1982) pp.27-28, 28-31 (USA)
review, interview

Film Review Special no.25: Sci-Fi (1998) pp.44-45 (UK)
illustrated article

Films vol.2 no.6 (May 1982) p.36 (UK)
review

Films and Filming no.331 (April 1982) p.27 (UK)
review

Hollywood Reporter vol.271 no.34 (30 April 1982) p.6 (USA)
credits, review

Journal of Popular Film and Television vol.13 no.2 (Summer 1985) pp.80-91 (USA)
article

Journal of Popular Film and Television vol.27 no.3 (Autumn 1999) pp.28-34 (USA)
article (Heroism and redemption in the Mad Max trilogy by Dennis H. Barbour)

Kinema no.8 (Autumn 1997) pp.57-75 (Canada)
article (Mad Max, Reaganism and The Road Warrior by J. Emmett Winn)

Literature /Film Quarterly vol.15 no.3 (1987) pp.146-150 (USA)
article

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.49 no.580 (May 1982) pp.87-88 (UK)
credits, synopsis, review

Motion Picture Product Digest vol.9 no.23 (5 May 1982) p.90 (USA)
review

Positif no.259 (September 1982) pp.67-68 (France)
review

Post Script vol.9 no.3 (Summer 1990) pp.3-20 (USA)
illustrated interview with Dean Semler (by Ric Gentry)

Prevue no.48 (June /July 1982) pp.62-65, 77 (USA)
article

Screen International no.333 (6 March 1982) p.28 (UK)
credits

Starburst no.45 (1982) pp.32-35 (UK)
review

Variety 23 December 1981 p.14 (USA)
credits, synopsis, review

OTHER SOURCES

screen
credits


KEYWORDS

bikers, boomerangs, chases, children, crossbows, deserts, feral children, flame throwers, the future, gangs, gyrocopters, motorcycles, post apocalypse, sequels, sieges, trucks

 


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