Mad Max (Beyond Thunderdome) is an Australian post-apocalyptic adventure movie from 1985 with Mel Gibson as „Mad Max“ and Tina Turner as „Aunty Entity“. It’s the sequel to „Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior)“ and the first real starring role for Tina in an action movie. Tina was offered the role on the same day, as her single What’s Love Got To Do With It reached #1 on the Billboard Pop charts. The shooting took place in late 1984, while Tina was on tour in Australia.
In regard of the character of „Aunty Entity,“ George Miller said, "We needed someone whose vitality and intelligence would make her control over Bartertown credible. She had to be a positive character rather than a conventional evil bad guy. We had worked on the script with Tina Turner in mind, but we had no idea if she'd be interested.
The musical score for Mad Max (Beyond Thunderdome) was composed by Maurice Jarre. The film and the original soundtrack album features also two songs from Tina. We Don’t Need Another Hero, which was played during the end credits, was her first #1 hit single in Germany. One Of The Living, which was played at the beginning of the movie, was honored with a Grammy Award in the category „Best Female Rock Vocal Performance“ the following year.
The theatrical trailer for the movie is available on all formats of the home movie as a bonus. A "Making of Mad Max,“ which was narrated by Tina Turner, was made for tv promotion, including some interesting behind the scenes information and one cut stunt scene.
Mad Max (running time 107 minutes) was produced by George Miller, Doug Mitchell and Terry Hayes and directed by George Miller and George Ogilvie. It premiered in September 1985 in cinemas around the world. The story was written by Terry Hayes and George Miller. The home video release on the Warner label was in March 1986 on VHS and LaserDisc, May 1999 on DVD and in 2015 on Blu-ray.
Interview and Making Of
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A series of films that just keeps getting better and better
Two men enter. One man leaves. That's the law in Bartertown's Thunderdome arena. But lawmaker Auntie Entity will soon add another: Don't get Max mad!
Mel Gibson returns in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdorne as Max, the world-weary hero who stands alone against the barbarians of a post-nuclear age. Tina Turner is the deadly Auntie Entity, a power-mad dominatrix determined to use Max to tighten her hold on Bartertown.In previous Max sagas (Mad Max and The Road Warrior), director George Miller thrilled viewers with astounding chase sequences. Now Miller and co-director George Ogilvie deliver another rousing apocalypse-on-wheels and add one of the greatest fight scenes ever when Max and the iron-clad Blaster go at it with maces, chainsaws and what-all in Thunderdome where the law is...well, you know the law.
But what you won't know is what’s going to happen next because Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome has excitement, twists, turns - and a heart: a band of marooned children, survivors of the dimly-remembered nuclear holocaust. When they discover Max isn't the savior foretold in their primitive legends, they set out for Bartertown...and Max sets out after them to save what's left of the civilized world.