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Month: June, 2015

Homages Between Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road

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The third and final part of my Mad Max list is here. Now it’s time to examine Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) which was released 6 years after the original Mad Max and 30 years before Mad Max: Fury Road. As usual there will be spoilers for potentially every Mad Max movie in this list. Also, for the past two lists I haven’t done a swell job of telling you when I found something as opposed to when I heard something beforehand online and then added it to the list, but not this time. I’ll make sure to let you know what were my findings and what were not. It would take more effort than its worth to trace back to an original source, but I do want to be straight up with you. So here goes the list…

1. Packing Heat, Lots of Heat

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When Max firsts enters Bartertown, in Beyond Thunderdome, he is asked to surrender his weapons, and boy does he surrender a lot of weapons. This parallels when Max first takes The Birthers and Furiosa hostage, in Fury Road, and finds a arsenal’s worth of guns hidden in the cab. This homage was found by someone else before me.

2. But Still Something’s Hidden

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In Beyond Thunderdome, when Max goes through his “audition” in Aunty Entity’s home, he reveals that he still has a weapon hidden, a knife hidden in a flyswatter. This is similar to how Furiosa keeps a knife hidden in the gear shift of the War Rig. This homage was found by someone else before me.

3. Choking Up

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Again in Max’s “audition,” he gets caught by a dogcatcher’s “control pole” (a nice way of putting it.) During the climatic chase scene in Fury Road, Furiosa gets choked by the same weapon.


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In Fury Road, Immortan Joe lives high above his hungry and thirsty believers, and it takes a man-powered elevator to get up to his home. In Beyond Thunderdome, Aunty Entity lives high above the people of Bartertown, and it takes a man-power elevator to get up to her home. Of course this kind of symbolism is nothing new, an aristocrat physically being above the common folk.

5. A Blind Love of Music

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Aunty Entity has a talented blind Saxophonist named Ton Ton, and Immortan Joe has the blind guitar-playing/wielding Doof Warrior. I think we can agree which is more hardcore: Ton Ton, obviously. Thank you to reddit’s /u/PowellPeralta for bringing this to my attention.

6. Accounting

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In Bartertown, The Collector handles the economy, but he also bears an interesting resemblance to The People Eater, in Fury Road, who’s job is to “count the cost” for Immortan Joe.

7. Labels

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In Beyond Thunderdome, a man gets branded with “Pig Killer” after (you guessed it) killing a pig. Pig Killer’s job is to act as human machinery, in a way, shoveling the waste of Pigs to fuel Bartertown. In Fury Road, after being captured by the War Boys, Max is tattooed and used a human “blood bag.”

8. Green Thumb or…

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The name of Bartertown’s mechanic is Blackfinger. In Fury Road, Max asks Nux if he is a “Blackfinger” when asking if he can fix the War Rig. This homage was found by someone else before me.

9. Rigged

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In Beyond Thunderdome, Max has rigged his truck to explode if handled by the wrong hands. And in Fury Road, Furiosa has a special code to prevent the War Rig from being driven by anyone but her. This is also similar to Max’s rigged gas tank in The Road Warrior. This homage was found by someone else before me.

10. Gonna Need a Bath

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While this is more of a similarity and less of an homage, Max ends up passed out buried in sand in both Beyond Thunderdome and Fury Road.

11.  A Signal

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Just as Savannah, in Beyond Thunderdome, uses a tribal call to signal the tribe of children, The Valkyrie, in Fury Road, uses a tribal call to signal The Many Mothers.

12. A Little Off The Top

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When we start Beyond Thunderdome, Max has grown out quite a mane of hair. When he gets rescued by the tribe of children, Savannah gives him a haircut without his consent (he’s unconscious.) In Fury Road, Max is even hairier at the start, and when he gets captured is given a haircut and shave without his consent. Both films even show a child taking away the scraps of hair.

13. Locomotion

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The scoop on the front of the War Rig, in Fury Road, bears a resemblance to the cow catcher (yes, that’s its name) on the front of the train in Beyond Thunderdome, and both serve a similar purpose in deflecting objects, though the scoop on the War Rig has a dual purpose.

14. All Grown Up

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It seems to me, and many others, that the design of the War Boys, in Fury Road, is a direct homage to Scrooloose, in Beyond Thunderdome. This homage was found by someone else before me.


For those interested: Cameron’s Ratings of The Mad Max Films

Mad Max: 6/10

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior: 8/10

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: 6/10

Mad Max: Fury Road: 9/10


Homages between Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road

Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 3.32.01 PMIts Part Two Time! On Friday I posted my first list of homages between Mad Max (1979) and Mad Max: Fury Road. I was pleasantly surprised by the response I got, and I’d like to thank /r/Movies for directing a lot of traffic my way. This list is focused on Mad Max 2, otherwise known as The Road Warrior, otherwise known as Mad Mad 2: The Road Warrior. In the USA, Mad Max 2 was released as The Road Warrior, because the American general audience was not familiar with the original Mad Max. I hope this list will be enlightening for some, but I have a disclaimer. Most of the homages from The Road Warrior in Fury Road have been analyzed to death, so I am sorry if this list doesn’t give you new information. I worked extra hard to find things that others haven’t found. But enough pre-apologizing… [AS ALWAYS SPOILERS!]

1. Exposition, thy name is Opening Sequence

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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior opens with a montage of stock footage with narration about the downfall of civilization, much like the opening of Fury Road.

2. Carry that Weight

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Just as Max carries the passed out Nux in Fury Road, he also carries the injured Nathan up to the Refinery Compound in The Road Warrior.

3. Medals! We don’t need no stinking Medals!

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What use are military honors when the world is an apocalyptic wasteland? In The Road Warrior, Curmudgeon seems to think that they are worth something, despite being under the command of Pappagallo. Immortan Joe’s medals, on the other hand, seem to have given him some sense of respect, as he sports them on his body armor.

4. A Familiar Skull

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“When Max is tied to the front of one Immortan Joe’s vehicles, there is a skull with a pilot’s skull cap and goggles on a spike above him. This is a reference to the Gyro Captain, who appeared in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).” From IMDb Trivia

5. And A Familiar Tune

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In Mad Max 2, Max finds a music box that plays Happy Birthday in the wreckage of a truck. In Fury Road, one of the Birthers has a similar music box.

6. It’s A Trap!

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In Mad Max 2, Max takes several precautions with his automobile: Booby trapping the gas tank and hiding a knife. This is similar to the precautions that Furiosa puts on the War Rig: A special code in order to turn on the engine and a large amount of concealed weapons.

7. Empty Threats, Emptier Guns

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When Max finds the shotgun shell on the corpse near the Gyro Captain’s trap, in The Road Warrior, he shows that his shotgun had been empty. The Gyro Captain remarks “empty… all this time” as Max had been threatening him with it for days. When Max first threatens the Birthers and Furiosa, in Fury Road, he uses an unloaded shotgun. Furiosa isn’t as kind as the Gyro Captain when she finds this out.

8. Masking

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The similarities between The Road Warrior‘s Lord Humongous and Fury Road‘s Immortan Joe don’t stop at their use of microphones. Both characters use mercy to mask their true intentions. Humongous pretends to want to allow the Refinery Crew to leave without being harmed, and Joe pretends to be a merciful God-king giving his people water. Speaking of masking (segues ey?), both characters are the only Mad Max villains who cover their faces with masks.

9. “You wanna get…”

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Max’s iconic line from The Road Warrior, “You wanna get out of here, you talk to me”, is matched in badassery by Furiosa’s line, “You wanna get through this, do as I say.” While you could say that this is just synchronicity, I think this was an intentional way for George Miller to show that the plot was going to be driven (literally) forward by Furiosa in this film, as opposed to how Max drives forward the plot in The Road Warrior.

10. Brace Yourselves

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After his leg injury in Mad Max (1979) Max sports a leg brace in The Road Warrior, which he still has in Fury Road.

11. Clawing Your Way…

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Not only does Furiosa’s mechanical arm remind me of Bearclaw’s claw in The Road Warrior, but in Fury Road you can see where Max stitched up his jacket after Bearclaw’s attack.

 12. Truck Flip

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It has already been noted by others that the War Rig in Fury Road seems to flip over, in the climatic scene, in a similar way to the Rig in The Road Warrior.

13. Front Row Seat

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***SUNDAY CALENDAR SNEAKS STORY FOR APRIL 26, 2015. DO NOT USE PRIOR TO PUBLICATION**********TOM HARDY (tied to front of car) as Max Rockatansky in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' action adventure movie Just as two members of the Refinery Defenders get tied to the perch of Lord Humongous’ car in The Road Warrior, Max gets tied to the perch of Nux’s car in Fury Road.

14. Misfires

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In The Road Warrior, as Max attempts to charge through Lord Humongous’ gang, he takes aim with his trusty sawed-off shotgun, only for it to misfire. In Fury Road, Max’s sawed-off shotgun misfires when he tries to use it to shoot through Nux’s arm.

15. Poles at it again

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George Miller must have  a thing for poles, because once again they make an appearance in The Road Warrior, when Wez retreats from the Refinery Camp. As noted in Part One, Toecutter’s gang used a pole vault to get onto the gas tanker, and in Fury Road we witness the breathtaking Polecats.

16. Somewhere over the Rainbow

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mad-max-fury-road-6Finally, both The Road Warrior and Fury Road focus on a group of people who attempt to reach a seemingly mythological paradise.

Homages Between Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road Coming Soon