“Who run Bartertown?” Find out with the Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Trivia Quiz

Julie Medina

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In this Australian post-apocalyptic action adventure film reacquaint yourself with Master Blaster, Bartertown, Mad Max and how people survive crossing a desert that can swallow horses whole.

Max is clever. When he is offered water in Bartertown he takes out what?

To survive in the post-apocalyptic world, one must always be equipped to detect slow death, as in radiation poisoning. Max takes out a radiation detector and declines the water. In interviews about Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) (a.k.a. "The Road Warrior"), George Miller said that while Max's world was after the collapse of the social/political/economic system we know, it was not post-World War III. However, "Beyond Thunderdome" explicitly is set after WWIII indeed.

Which character is a former MFP officer and lone warrior?

Max, a former MFP officer and lone warrior roams the desert aimlessly, his existence entirely based around self-survival. Max's name is only spoken once in the movie. Just after he meets Master Blaster in underworld. Master says "Me Master" and introduces himself, then Max says "Me Max" and does the same.

If the “Master” is the brains, what is the “Blaster”?

Master-Blaster is a combination of brain and brawn. Paul Larsson played Blaster, Master's silent, mentally-impaired bodyguard. Angelo Rossitto as Master, a diminutive former engineer, who parlays his technical expertise into building the methane extractor responsible for Bartertown's electricity. The methane harvesting takes place in the Underworld which was created in an unused bull sale ring in Glebe, a suburb of Sydney.

Who plays Aunty?

Tina Turner played Aunty although Jane Fonda was considered for Aunty Entity as well. Tina Turner had to shave her head for her wig to fit properly. She had no problem with that.

Who says, “Well, ain't we a pair, raggedy man?”

Aunty says this to Max the first time they meet and in the last scene where she leaves him without killing him. Aunty is a glamorous, Amazon-like figure who recognizes a strength of character in Max, and hopes to exploit him to gain sole control of Bartertown from Master. Aunty is by no means raggedy herself. Aunty Entity's (Tina Turner) steel mail dress weighed more than 55 kilograms (121 pounds).

Who used her talents to not only act but sing the #1 single from the movie song track?

A soundtrack album was originally released by Capitol Records in 1985. It includes Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)", which reached #1 in Canada, #2 in the US and #3 in the British single charts; it plays over the end credits.

Jedediah the Pilot took what from Max?

Jedediah the Pilot, is a marauding pilot who stole Max’s camel-drawn wagon and supplies from Max. Including Max’s monkey! Jedediah the Pilot is played by Bruce Spence. Spence previously played the Gyro Captain in Mad Max 2. According to Spence, "They were well into the shoot when they offered me a part described as 'not the Gyro Captain but kind of like the Gyro Captain!" "They said there's kind of a reflection of him and that they were having difficulty casting the role so they thought to themselves, 'Why not Bruce!'"

Who answer Max? “I don't know anything about methane.” “You can shovel shit can't you?”

Aunty explains it in simple terms to Max. In order to size up his opponent in Thunderdome, Max takes a job shoveling pig manure in the underworld to see if Master Blaster has any weaknesses. As far as odd jobs go, Mel Gibson has had a few. During high school, he worked in a juice bottling factory.

What is Master afraid of?

When Master refused to fix part of the machinery that runs Thunderdome, he is lowered into the pig pens to gain his cooperation as Master is deathly afraid of pigs. There were 600 pigs in Underworld. Buying that many could have hurt the pork market, so they rented them from a pig farmer.

What is the Thunderdome?

Thunderdome is a gladiatorial arena where conflicts are resolved by a duel to the death. From chainsaws to spears, the enclosed dome has weaponry hanging from the ropes that create the dome. The opponents are attached to bungy-type ropes to allow them to reach the weapons and escape from their opponent by becoming airborn. The chant, "Two men enter, one man leaves,” accompanies them into the arena.

What is Bartertown?

Although it has a brothel in it, Bartertown is a seedy, filthy town where people come from all over the desert to trade for things they need to survive. Actor Frank Thring portrays The Collector, head of Bartertown's trade and exchange network. Frank Thring's career spanned more than 35 years, much of it spent alternating between stage, film and television. Perhaps his most famous role was that of Pontius Pilate in Ben-Hur (1959).

Who says this? “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... Dyin' time's here.”

Dr. Dealgood is the Master of Ceremonies for the Thunderdom event. He introduces the evening with, "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... Dyin' time's here.” The Thunderdome scene is action-packed. If you look at the credits, Mel Gibson is listed amongst the stunt crew. This effort gained Mel an entry in the Guiness Book Of Records as the "bravest actor" - he is apparently the only leading actor who has also been credited as a stunt man in the same film.

Who says this? “Remember where you are - this is Thunderdome, and death is listening, and will take the first man that screams.”

Aunty says this as she introduces the entertainment event. Speaking of entertainment. Every year, fans create a Thunderdome at the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. While they don’t fight to the death, they do battle it out inside the Dome.

Who says this? “Thunderdome's simple. Get to the weapons, use them any way you can. I know you won't break the rules, because there aren't any.”

The Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Dealgood, explains the very straightforward rules. Max comes out on top in Thunderdome, but that’s not all. Entertainment Weekly ranked Max number 11 on its list of all-time coolest heroes in pop-culture outranking Jack Bauer and James T. Kirk.

How does Max win against Blaster?

Max takes advantage of Blaster’s sensitivity to loud sounds and uses a whistle to disable Blaster. The actual type of whistle is a bosun's call whistle. Max learned about Blaster’s sensitivity when he was disarming his car and the car’s alarm sounded. The siren made Blaster writhe and moan. It is unexplained as to why Max did not kill Blaster in the film. It's possible, Blaster reminded Max of Benno, the autistic farmhand whom was living at May Swaisey's farm in Mad Max (1979), when Jesse and Sprog were murdered by The Toecutter and his motorcycle gang.

Who says this first? “Bust a deal and face the wheel!”

Max gets mad and tells Aunty, "That wasn't part of our deal." Even though her plan is exposed, Aunty still has the upper hand by invoking the deal rule: “Bust a deal and face the wheel!” Aunty says the line first and Dr. Dealgood repeats it, then the Thunderdome crowd repeats it. Dooming Max to be sentenced through a spin of the wheel.

Which of these options are shown on the wheel?

The choices on the wheel are: Life Imprisonment, Amputation, Underworld, Death, Forfeit Goods, Spin Again, Hard Labor, Acquittal, Gulag and Auntie's Choice. Max receives the Gulag punishment. In the absence of prison camps, he is banished from Bartertown.

Max is handcuffed and put on a horse backwards when he is exiled from Bartertown. What is put on his head?

A "Mardi-Gra" style carnival clown mask covers Max's head obscuring his vision so he can't recall how to return if he somehow breaks free of his hand cuffs.

Instead of a carrot on a stick for a mule, what do they use to entice the horse to continue walking forward?

Water is one of the most important commodities for man and animal alike after WWIII. The horse follows the water until he collapses. The entrance to Bartertown was filmed on a searing desert in the center of Australia (the Breakways) that used to be an inland sea several million years ago. And it wasn't just hot there, nine crew members collapsed from heat exhaustion during the five-week long shoot of the final scenes on the Lunar Plain, Coober Pedy.

Who comes to Max's aid so he can survive the desert?

Pig Killer knows the monkey is Max's pet. He gives the monkey a flask of water and releases him from the Underworld to follow and find Max. Pig killer, portrayed by Robert Grubb, got that name from killing a pig to feed his family. Grubb played the role of Dr. Geoffrey Standish in the popular series The Flying Doctors. He won Australia's Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his stage portrayal of Pop in the Australian production of the Queen musical, We Will Rock You.

Who finds Max collapsed in the desert?

Helen Buday portrays Savannah Nix, leader of a tribe of child survivors (or the children of those survivors) from a crashed 747. Savannah is the one who ensures the tribe remembers its past through the "tells" and acts as a surrogate mother figure to many of them. She is also the partner of Slake. Helen Buday is an Australian theatre, TV, movie actress and singer. She was awarded Best Actress at the 48th Valladolid International Film Festival in 2003 for her role in Alexandra's Project.

What happens to the horse that carries Max into the desert?

Once the horse collapses, Max is greeted by his pet monkey and drinks the water. The reins from the horse's bridle are wrapped around him when the sinkhole starts to swallow the entire horse. Max barely escapes the sinkhole himself. A cover-subsidence sinkhole happens in areas where sand covers the bedrock. The sand filters down into openings in the rock, gradually causing the land surface to sink. Continued erosion increases the size of the depression.

How does Max react when the child tribe recites their history which describes who Max is?

Max doesn't want to have the responsibility of savings these children and tells them he is not Captain Walker and that it is best for them to stay in the oasis. "The Telling Wall", a massive 15 x 40' wall from which Savannah Nix tells 'the tale" was built using blocks of foam over a steel scaffold. After construction, the facade was carved into realistic rock formations and covered with the drawings used in the ritualistic "Telling" sequence. After a few rains it was impossible to tell if the manufactured wall was part of the original rock formation.

Who says this? “The first place you'll find is a sleaze-pit called Bartertown. Now if the earth doesn't swallow you up first, that place sure as hell will!”

Max is saying that to Savannah and all the kids, warning them not to cross the desert. Gibson is used to being surrounded by kids — he grew up with 10 brothers and sisters.

How does Max try to stop Savannah Nix, from crossing the desert to find Tommor-morrow Land?

Max really doesn't want Savannah to risk her life and the lives of the other children crossing the desert so he does all the above. However, it still doesn't stop Savannah. The Oasis where the children live, or "The Crack In The Earth" as they call it, was filmed in Mermaid's Cave in the Blackheath region of New South Wales. The movie's art department used that location and built a number of huts using natural materials.

Who used a train to escape Bartertown with Pig Killer?

All of them jumped on the train as it started moving. Separating itself from Underworld caused quite a few explosion. Over two dozen 4x4 vehicles were transported via train to filming locations, including the Mack train that had to be dismantled for the trip. The crew, however traveled by road.

What was happening when Max found the children who left with Savannah?

They flew a kite to alert anyone in visual distance that they needed help. They were hand to ankle trying to save a boy from falling into the sinkhole. Max was able to save Savannah who had fallen in, following the boy, but they lost the little boy to the sinkhole. The kids spent two months in workshops, learning to hunt, climb, and use primitive weapons.

Who tries to hold up the train?

Jedediah's son held up the train by gun point until he saw all the vehicles chasing the train. Then he ran back to their underground hideout which allowed Max and company to follow them. Adam Cockburn portrays Jedediah Jr., Adam Adam is a former Australian child actor who appeared in movies filmed in Australia during the 1980s. He is currently working as a disc jockey.

What was the NEXT type of vehicle used to escape?

The final escape revolves around an airplane. Jedidiah's airplane is a Transavia PL-12 'Airtruk', a single-engine agricultural biplane designed by Transavia in Australia. First flown in 1965, around 120 had been built by the time this movie was made.

How was the airplane able to take off even though there was not enough runway?

Max buys more runway for the plane by hopping into a car and driving right into their pursuers, causing a huge crash. This distracts the cars from crashing into the airplane. The script called for Aunt Entity to drive a vehicle. All of the vehicles were built using manual transmissions, which Tina Turner couldn't drive, so a car equipped with an automatic transmission had to be constructed.

Where does Jedediah fly the children?

Jedediah flies the children to the coast, where they discover the nuclear-devastated ruins of Sydney. Years later, the children have established a small society of themselves and other lost wanderers in the ruins.

How many Mad Max movies have been made?

There are four films in all. Mad Max: Fury Road is technically the fourth film in the series. The first three movies — Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome — starred Mel Gibson as Mad Max and were released between 1979 and 1985 .Roger Ebert called Thunderdome “not only the best of the three Mad Max movies….but one of the best films of 1985.”

Did the movie get nominated for any awards?

It was nominated in the Golden Globes for the Best Original Song - Motion Picture "We Don't Need Another Hero". It also won an Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture- Tina Turner. In addition it was nominated in these categories in the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for a Saturn Award: Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Costumes.

How was the movie received?

Critical reaction to the film was generally positive, although reviewers were mixed regarding whether they considered the film the highest or lowest point of the Mad Max trilogy. Most of the criticism was focused on the children in the second half of the film, which many felt was too reminiscent of the Lost Boys from Peter Pan. Although the film's budget was more extravagant than its predecessors', its box office yield was only moderate in comparison. On a budget of 10 million dollars, Beyond Thunderdome grossed 36.2 million dollars (North America).

What happens to Max?

In the film, Max, still alive in the desert, wanders on to places unknown. It's a perfect ending at that time if one wanted to create a sequel. Mel Gibson did well with sequels. In 1979, Mel Gibson got his first lead role in Mad Max while still a drama student. He was paid $10,000. When this movie came out in 1985, he was on the verge of superstardom, earning over $1 million a movie.

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