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‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’ Making of Shows How George Miller & Mel Gibson Created the Classic

From the Indiewire Vault: Feral kids literally sing Mel Gibson's praises.


“Beyond Thunderdome” isn’t exactly the most celebrated entry in the “Mad Max” mythos — all right, it’s actually the least celebrated by an Aussie mile — but it’s hard to stay angry at a movie that features Tina Turner yelling “Death is listening!” at the beginning of a deathmatch. Whether last year’s transcendent “Fury Road” was your first time in the wasteland or you’re a veteran of George Miller’s post-apocalyptic series, today’s entry in the Indiewire Vault is good viewing for a lazy Sunday.

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Though the description notes that the first 10 or so minutes of the video are absent, the 35 that remain provide a unique glimpse into the making of the third “Mad Max” film. Most notable in the early goings is some behind-the-scenes footage of the many child actors portraying a community of kids. “Within 10 minutes, he was just one of them,” Miller says of star Mel Gibson while sitting on a couch in front of superimposed footage from the film; later, the kids compose and sing a song for their co-star. It’s all very ’80s in the dated-but-endearing manner of “Thunderdome” itself.

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Say what you will about Miller’s ability to lead a Cannes jury, but the dude can certainly keep a bunch of semi-feral kids in line.

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