December 24, 1981: Mad Max 2 Released in Australia

On this day in 1981, “Mad Max 2” was released in Australia. Six months later, it was released in the United States as “The Road Warrior.”

Mad Max 2 PosterOn this day in 1981, “Mad Max 2” was released in Australia. Six months later, it was released in the United States as “The Road Warrior.”

The first “Mad Max” was released in 1979 and was an international success. Shot on a budget of around half a million dollars, this film about a ex-cop getting revenge on the bikers that killed his family in an apocalyptic future blew audiences minds with its amazing and violent car chases. The only country where it did not do well was the United States, in part because the Mel Gibson’s and all of the other actors’ voices were dubbed for the American release.

A sequel was inevitable and with it director George Miller upped the ante. With a budget of around $4 million, the plot centered around Max helping a town haul its tanker of gasoline past a degenerate biker gang to a better life. The climax is a 30-minute, 30-car chase that has never been duplicated.

Mad Max 2” was a commercial and critical success in the U.S. and made Gibson an international star (this time, he wasn’t dubbed in the U.S. release). Another sequel, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” was released in 1985 and a prequel “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which takes place between the first two movies and stars Tom Hardy as Max, is scheduled for release in 2015.

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