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 charts. The shooting took place in late 1984, while Tina was on tour in Australia.
The musical score 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 a worldwide chart topper. One Of The Living, which was played at the beginning of the movie, was honored with a Grammy Award in 1986.
The theatrical trailer for the movie is available on all formats of the home movie as a bonus. For promotion, the „Making of Mad Max,“ narrated by Tina Turner, includes some interesting behind the scenes information and one cut stunt scene.
Producer: George Miller, Doug Mitchell, Terry Hayes
Director: George Miller, George Ogilvie
Release: September 1985 (movie) / March 1986 (video) / 1999 (dvd) / 2015 (blu-ray)
Format: VHS / LaserDisc / DVD / Blu-ray
Time: 107 Min.
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.