Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is an Australian post-apocalyptic action thriller film from 1981 directed by Australian director George Miller, this sequel to Miller's 1979 film Mad Max was a worldwide box office success that launched the career of lead actor Mel Gibson.


  • [opening narration]: My life fades, the vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of chaos, ruined dreams, this wasted land. But most of all, I remember the road warrior, the man we called Max. To understand who he was we have to go back to the other time. When the world was powered by the black fuel, and the desert sprouted great cities of pipe and steel. Gone now, swept away. For reasons long forgotten two mighty warrior tribes went to war and touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel they were nothing. They'd built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked, but nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled. Cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men.

    On the roads it was a white-line nightmare. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice. And in this maelstrom of decay, ordinary men were battered and smashed. Men like Max, the warrior Max. In the roar of an engine, he lost everything, and became a shell of a man. A burnt-out, desolate man. A man haunted by the demons of his past. A man who wandered out into the wasteland. And it was here, in this blighted place, that he learned to live again.

  • [closing narration]: And so began the journey north to safety to our place in the sun. Among us we found a new leader: The man who came from the sky, the Gyro Captain. And just as Pappagallo had planned, we traveled far beyond the reach of men on machines. The juice, the precious juice, was hidden in the vehicles.

    [Camera lingers on the Feral Child, revealing that he is in fact the Narrator, recounting these events as an old man]: As for me, I grew to manhood and in the fullness of time, I became the leader, the Chief of the Great Northern Tribe. And the Road Warrior? That was the last we ever saw of him. He lives now, only in my memories...


  • I reckon you got a bargain.
  • I'm just here for the gasoline.
  • Two days ago, I saw a vehicle that would haul that tanker. You want to get out of here? You talk to me.
  • If it's all the same to you I'll drive that tanker.

The Gyro Captain[edit]

  • Reflexes, that's what you've got! Me, I've got brains.
  • Lingerie. Oh, remember lingerie?
  • No! It's *my* snake, I trained it, I'm going to eat it! I got a recipe for snake. Delicious. Fricassee of reptile. You are what you eat.
  • They've got you wrong. You're not a coward. STUPID, maybe. But not a coward.
  • [regarding Max's gun] Empty! All this time! [pause] That's dishonest! Low!


  • What is it with you, huh? What are you looking for? C'mon, Max, everybody's looking for something. You're happy out there, are you? Eh? Wandering? One day blurring into another? You're a scavenger, Max. You're a maggot. Did you know that? You're living off the corpse of the old world. Tell me your story, Max. C'mon. Tell me your story. What burned you out, huh? Kill one man too many? See too many people die? Lose some family? [Max turns to Pappagallo and gives him an angry glare] Oh, so that's it, you lost your family? That makes you something special, does it?


Wez: No more talk. They kill us, we kill them! Kill them! Kill them! Kill! Kill!
Lord Humungus: Be still my dog of war. I understand your pain. We've all lost someone we love. But we do it my way! We do it my way. Fear is our ally. The gasoline will be ours. Then you shall have your revenge.

Big Rebecca: [To Pappagallo] Words...just words. You're going to die, for a pipedream.
Warrior Woman: No. We fight for a belief - I stay.

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