Of the thousands of films starring Mel Gibson or featuring Mad Max the only one worth it's salt is MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME.
The first film in the series is depressing and sickly violent, the second one doesn't fare much better but it was with this third one that film history was made. Casting Tina Turner as Auntie Entity seemed like a bold choice at the time and it seems like a bold choice now but she's great! So is Mel. So is the little person whose only other film I know him from is the 1970 schlock masterpiece DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN.
Tina Turner runs Bordertown, a makeshift post apocalyptic town where bartering is the order of the day. You find an old guitar that still works bring it here and cash it in. It's also home to MasterBlaster which is a combination of said Little Person riding on top of a huge lumbering guy as he manages the secret power of Bordertown-- that the gas from pig waste powers everything which makes him the ultimate power of this universe.
Sounds great, right? It is.
Then there's Thunderdome. Never before in Hollywood (or whatever Australian Cinema is called) history has a phrase and concept been put together.
Thunderdome; two men enter, one man leaves.
That's it. You have a problem with someone you duke it out in Thunderdome and the door doesn't get unlocked until one of you is dead.
And it's loaded with quotes you'll be using everyday while you shop at Price Rite;
- Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... Dyin' time's here.
- Do you know who I was? Nobody. Except on the day after, I was still alive. This nobody had a chance to be somebody.
- I ain't Captain Walker. I'm the guy who carries Mr. Dead in his pocket.
- Well, ain't we a pair, raggedy man.
- You think I don't know the law? Wasn't it me who wrote it? And I say that this man has broken the law. Right or wrong, we had a deal. And the law says: bust a deal and face the wheel!
- Thunderdome's simple. Get to the weapons, use them any way you can. I know you won't break the rules, because there aren't any.
The biggest selling point is the cast-- the dialogue is ridiculous but they sell it and you'll believe every word that comes out of their mouths.
Two men enter, one man leaves.