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Learning from Movies: The Road Warrior

In 1979, George Miller released an “ultimate car crash movie” that changed everything. It was Mad Max.

The movie made Mel Gibson a star, and put Australia on the filmmaking map.

Three years later, Miller released a sequel, The Road Warrior, with Mel Gibson in the lead again. It was immensely popular (100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, where 76% of readers report liking it).

It’s Mel Gibson’s favorite of the three films. 

Oh, and for Farscape fans, it’s a chance to see what Zhaan (Virginia Hey) looked like 18 years earlier and without all the blue make-up.

Seeing as how George Miller returns to the franchise next year, this seems like a good time to revisit The Road Warrior.

Lessons and inspirations from a post-apocalyptic Down Under after the break.

  • The keys to survival: You have to be mobile, or you have to be brutal
  • A quick fellah might have a weapon under there
  • You are what you eat
  • You can make a movie with kids and animals that doesn’t suck
  • Never threaten a warrior’s dog
  • Fear is your ally
  • Threatening someone with an empty shotgun is dishonest. It’s just low.
  • Stay focused. If you only came for the gasoline, don’t get further involved
  • Everybody’s looking for something
  • There’s no substitute for boldness
  • You can run, but you can’t hide
  • Hope keeps you human
  • Love breeds more heroes than rage, vengeance, or hatred
  • Even in the Wasteland, there’s still right, and there’s still wrong, as long as anyone is willing to stand up for what’s right
See you around, maybe.
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