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Battletruck (1982)

Warlords of the 21st Century (original title)
Post World War III futuristic tale of collapsed governments & bankrupt countries heralding a new lawless age.

Director:

Harley Cokeliss (as Harley Cokliss)

Writers:

Michael Abrams (story), Irving Austin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Beck ... Hunter
Annie McEnroe ... Corlie
James Wainwright ... Straker
Bruno Lawrence ... Willie
John Bach ... Bone
Randy Powell ... Judd (as Randolph Powell)
John Ratzenberger ... Rusty
Diana Rowan Diana Rowan ... Charlene
Kelly Johnson ... Alvin
Ross Jolly Ross Jolly ... Shotgun
Mark Hadlow ... Orrin
John Banas John Banas ... Reuben
Marshall Napier ... Driver
Peter Rowell Peter Rowell ... Feathers
Timothy Lee Timothy Lee ... Hacker
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Storyline

Post World War III futuristic tale of collapsed governments & bankrupt countries heralding a new lawless age.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A Science Fiction Adventure of the Near Future See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Battletruck See more »

Filming Locations:

Otago, New Zealand

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Box Office

Budget:

NZD 1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Harley Cokeliss: One of the "dirt eating" scavengers killed by Straker's men in a field. See more »

Goofs

When Corlie and Hunter are being pursued on the off road dirt bike they are chucking bombs to try and stop them. Corlie chucks a silver bomb by the base of a tree. There is an explosion next to the the silver bomb which survived the blast and the tree falls over. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Battletruck
Written by Kevin Peek
Performend by Eastern Orbit with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kevin Peek
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They weren't aiming for AMADEUS 2 y'know!!
23 May 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

If this is the "benchmark" for putrid movies as one reviewer laughably suggests, where does that leave HEAVEN'S GATE, SHOWGIRLS, ROBOT MONSTER, MONSTROSITY, DRACULA'S LAST RITES, THE ISLAND, THE SAINT, EVE OF DESTRUCTION, ALIEN 2, ALIEN RESURRECTION??? to name but 10!

This is an energetic, low budget little NZ actioner. It's ONLY similarity to MAD MAX is the post apocalyptic oil-less future! Cockliss does pretty well within the constraints heaped upon him. I rather like NZ films - they tend to exude they're own unique little aura, much like Canadian flicks. Pretty much known as BATTLETRUCK everywhere (smewhat understandable - who wants to refer to a flick as WARLORDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY?) the film rips along quite nicely. No denying, the BATTLETRUCK of the title is one mean mother of a four-wheeled monstrosity. Definitely, the way to go in gridlock!

Hero Hunter (Beck) rides his own mean "Street Hawkmobile" and despite being shot pretty much through the heart with an arrow, is able to get straight back on to his dirt-bike extraordinaire and take it up to warlord Straker who looks suspiciously like a reject from a STEVEN SEAGAL movie!

The DUELesque ending is superbly done - shot from the almost identical angles that Spielberg used. It is equally impressive!

If this is the crappiest movie ever made, then pigs already fly! The film is a "6" no question! Kinda left field and semi-haunting music too, reminiscent of Tangerine Dream's work in the aforementioned STREET HAWK.


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