Is 'The Road Warrior' a Notable Australian Cinematic Achievement?

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  1. S. P. Honeybunch

    S. P. Honeybunch Presidente de Kokomo Thread Starter

    Just watched this 1981 film on blu-ray and enjoyed it. It's a struggle between the peaceful and the tyrannical in a rugged desert land. Is this a notable Australian cinematic achievement due to the use of a feral boy character, the level of creative design of vehicles and costumes, and filming work involved with the action sequences?
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  2. Ron Stone

    Ron Stone Offending Member

    Deep Maryland
    I think of it among my senior year trilogy of great sci-fi films, also including THE THING and BLADE RUNNER. And decidedly not including the cloying and sentimental E.T.

    The film in Blu-ray is a revelation. Although often depicting action and violence, many of the shots are downright beautiful and carefully composed.
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  3. socorro

    socorro Forum Resident

    Visually arresting (the physical setting, costumes, vehicles, faces), interesting premise, more adrenaline than any movie I've seen, Mel Gibson when he was still Australian and a good actor.

    I'd call it notable.
  4. Linus

    Linus Forum Resident

    Melb. Australia
    I saw this at the drive-in. It was an unannounced preview before the film hit the theaters. After the movie two of the cars from the movie drove around the aisles of the drive in, (heavily modified Ford XB coupes for all the petrolheads out there).
    It was groundbreaking at the time. Most who saw it were gobsmacked. The action/driving scenes and the cinematography were world class. The only other Australian film that came marginally close was The Cars That Ate Paris from a few years earlier and it pales in comparison to Mad Max, (as Road Warrior was known down here).
    Have seen it many times since, the only criticism I’d make is that the atmospheric music used throughout has dated very badly. Having said that the music is what it is and should not be tampered with. Thank god George Lucas had nothing to do with this movie!
  5. SgtPepper1983

    SgtPepper1983 Forum Resident

    Berlin, Germany
    Yes, it's a classic. And George Miller one of the most interesting directors out there!
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  6. hi_watt

    hi_watt Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA
    I love it. I'd marry this film if I could. Yes, it is an Australian Cinematic Achievement and treasure.
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  7. Kassonica

    Kassonica Forum Resident

    It’s called mad max 2 down here, I went to the premier in Sydney back in the day.

    Still stands up and it helped put Australian movies on the world wide map, specially in the states.
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  8. townsend

    townsend Forum Resident

    Montrose, CO
    The story line is post apocalyptic -- witness the black and white footage at the beginning of mass upheaval, riots, war, suffering, etc. The society which emerges after the castrophe(s?) is broken, fragmentary, and dystopian. I watched the blu-ray recently (an excellent transfer), and, sad to say, it almost seemed prophetic, to the extent that I think today's world is more cruel than when the movie came out (1981). In the present world, countries (rather than tribes, as in the movie), are fighting over precious resources, such as oil (and its byproducts).

    I saw it in 1981 after Siskel and Ebert (the original version of their show) recommended it (I was living and studying at University of Chicago at the time). It was an awesome movie, just incredible. I am pretty sure I went back about a week later and saw it again.
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  9. bopdd

    bopdd Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    It's not just a notable Australian cinematic achievement, it's arguably the most notable Australian cinematic achievement for any number of reasons.
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  10. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Forum Resident

    Fort worth tx
    It's one of those movies I seem to appreciate a little more and more as time marches on. One of the earmarks of a great film is the ability to remain relevant and stimulating years later (it's hard to conceive it's been around for almost 40 years). The cinematography and production is absolutely astounding.....It holds it's own with some of the best films from that era.

    Some of my favorite action movies from the late 70's and early 80's....
    The Thing (1982)
    Nighthawks (1981)
    Alien (1979)
    Blade Runner (1982)
    Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
    Escape From New York (1981)
    The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)
    And of course....The Road Warrior (1981)
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  11. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Forum Resident

    It is a spectacular and engaging movie. Its a cinematic equivalent of a great album like Whos' Next.
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  12. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    Yep. Stone cold sci-if classic full of imagination and bravura filmmaking. Who ever heard the words “post-apocalyptic” much before “The Road Warrior?”
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    Raylinds Martinis, music and glowing tubes

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