Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

1981 film directed by George Miller

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.

Narrator (The Feral Kid)

  • [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. [fade to shot of the Feral Kid] 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.

"Mad Max" Rockatansky

  • Booby trapped. Touch those tanks and "boooom"
  • The deal was I wouldn't kill you. I reckon you got a bargain, don't you?
  • 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 Humungus

  • There has been too much violence, too much pain. None here are without sin, but I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away. Leave the pump, the oil, the gasoline, and the whole compound, and I spare your lives. Just walk away. I will give you safe passage in the wasteland. Just walk away and there will be an end to the horror. I await your answer. You have one full day to decide.

The Gyro Captain

  • Reflexes, that's what you've got! Me, I've got brains.
  • Look's like I got myself some gasoline. Eh, eh, V8?
  • 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! That's dishonest! Low!
  • [Sees the smoke from the destroyed Interceptor after Max's attempted escape] Ah, hell. You blew it, you fool.


  • What is it with you, huh? What are you looking for? Come on, 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. Come on. Tell me your story. What burned you out, huh? Kill one man too many? See too many people die? Lose some family? [Max angrily turns away] Oh, so that's it. You lost your family. That makes you something special, does it? [Grabs at Max, who punches him. Pappagallo then picks himself up] We've all been through it in here, but we haven't given up. We're still human beings with dignity, but you? You're out there with the garbage. You're nothing!


  • Ya have to come, sonny. This is where we're going. [Unfolds a multi-panel scenic postcard] Paradise! Two thousand miles from here. Fresh water. Plenty of sunshine. Nothing to do but breed! [Gives Max a knowing wink]


Wez: No! No more talk! We go in! We kill! We kill them all! We kill them! We kill them! Kill them! [gasping in the Humungus's chokehold] Kill! Kill!
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 Papagallo] Words, just words. You're going to die for a pipe-dream.
Warrior Woman: No. We fight for a belief. I stay.

[Max takes a shotgun shell off a dead body, loads it into his shotgun]
Gyro Captain: How do we know that one's not a dud?
Max: [Points the gun at the Gyro Captain] Find out.

Papagallo: How's the rig?
Zetta: [shouting to the mechanics] The rig! How is she?
Mechanic: [to his assistant] It's got a cracked timing case cover and it's broken a couple of teeth off the timing gear.
Mechanic's Assistant: [shouting to Zetta] It's got a cracked timing case cover, it's broken a couple of teeth off the timing gear...
Mechanic: The radiator's damaged to the core.
Mechanic's Assistant: ...the radiator's damaged to the core...
Mechanic: It's got a cracked water pump.
Mechanic's Assistant:'s got a cracked water pump...
Mechanic: A fractured injector line.
Mechanic's Assistant:'s got a fractured injector line!
Papagallo: Well, what does all that mean?
Zetta: [shouting to the mechanics] Yeah, okay, but what does that mean?
Mechanic's Assistant: [to the Mechanic] What does that mean?
Mechanic: Twenty-four hours.
Mechanic's Assistant: [to Papagallo] Twenty-four hours?
Papagallo: [after a pause] They've got twelve!
Zetta: [to the mechanics] You've got twelve!
Mechanic: Okay.
Mechanic's Assistant: [to Zetta] Okay!

About Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

  • Interestingly enough, there's quite a well-known stunt from [“The Road Warrior”] where a guy hits a bike and flips. That one, believe it or not, was Guy Norris. He was 21, going for a world record. And Guy Norris, all these years later, is the second-unit director and the stunt coordinator on this movie. His two sons are on this movie as War Boys.
What happened on that stunt was Guy, even though he had kneepads as part of his costume, he clipped the vehicle and it caused him to flip. And when he knew he was going to flip he just relaxed his body and did that. He would've broken his femur, except he didn't tell us that he'd broken it about two months before and he had a pin in it. And the pin bent — they wrote it up in a medical magazine about how this pin bent, and what happened. But there weren't any serious injuries on any of the “Mad Max” films — touch wood — but only because we were very, very obsessed with safety.
  • George Miller [1]
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