Although Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third part of George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy, is certainly the least of the bunch (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is the undisputed masterpiece, and maybe the best action movie ever made), it has still got a good share of imaginative industrial-wasteland-pastiche imagery. And casting Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the queen of Bartertown, was a masterstroke. Mel Gibson's character Max is pitted in a battle to the death against the bizarre Master Blaster in the Thunderdome, flying around on rubbery straps inside a sort of gigantic overturned colander with bloodthirsty spectators clinging to the outside. Miller's producing partner, Byron Kennedy, was killed in a helicopter crash while scouting locations for this film. Miller was devastated, only agreeing to direct the action sequences--and, somehow, you feel his heart wasn't entirely in it. --Jim Emerson
Mad Max - Beyond Thunderdome
This is the story of one of the most daring and dazzling robberies in modern history. There are few people who like a flutter who will not be familiar with the phrase 'The Great Bookie Robbery'. In the way that the Great Train Robbery caught the imagination of the public in the UK this headline grabbing heist entered immediately into Australian crime folklore alongside Ned Kelly; this is the story of the day the bookies got fleeced! The story began in Parkhurst Prison England. Here Mike Power (John Bach) a convicted felon conceived a plan for a robbery that would take place on the other side of the world in Australia. His well organized gang stole between $6 million and $12 million from the Victorian Club. An intricately planned and perfectly executed crime that was all over in the space of just 11minutes. The men Raymond Bennett Ian Carroll Laurence Prendergast Brian and LeslieKane and Norman Lee rented an office in the same building and hid the money there while making a fake getaway in a van. The only member of the gang to be charged was Norman Lee; he was subsequently acquitted. Later Lee was killed by police while taking part in a heist at Melbourne Airport. The story came out and the true identities of those involved were exposed when Lee's lawyer revealed the details of the crime.
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