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  • Awesome Music: Beyond Thunderdome was scored by three-time Oscar winner Maurice Jarre. Tina Turner contributed two songs. "One of the Living", which plays over the opening credits, won Turner a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performace, Female. "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)", which plays over the closing credits, became a #1 hit in many countries, and was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Grammy.
    • The opening title from the first film and the theme from the opening narration from the second certainly set the mood for each film.
  • Even Better Sequel: Mad Max 2 (The Road Warrior)
  • Fanon Discontinuity: As far as many people are concerned, there were only two Mad Max movies. (Though for some, there were only the latter two.)
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "Nightrider" was probably a very scary name before 1982.
  • Ho Yay: A running theme.
    • Mad Max:
      • Johnny the Boy is obviously the biker gang's boy toy. At one point, Toecutter asserts his authority over him by making him suck the barrel of his shotgun. At another point, he tells him, "Keep your sweet, sweet, mouth shut!"
      • The antics of the rest of the gang often have homoerotic overtones. The first thing Cundalini and Mudguts do after getting off their bikes is start sensuously dancing in the middle of the street.
      • The police chief, whose nickname is Fifi, dresses like a Hard Gay Leather Man on the job.
    • Mad Max 2
      • Wez wears assless chaps and drives around with his twink boyfriend clinging to his back. When his boy-toy gets killed, Wez goes berserk, and Humungus has to put him in a very intimate looking sleeper hold while whispering into his ear.
    • Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome
      • Master's feelings for Blaster seem to run in this direction, especially in his insistence that Blaster has a sweet, innocent face. Their relationship might, however, be more paternal.
  • It Was His Sled: Max's family die in the first movie.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Two possiblities for the Toecutter:
  • Magnificent Bastard: Or Bitch as the case may be, Auntie Entity
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Mad Max 2
  • Unfortunate Implications: In addition to Wez pretty clearly being gay or bi, one group of guys under the Humungus's command is known as "Smegma Crazies," and another as "Gayboy Berserkers." So either many or all of the bad guys in this movie are gay. (But considering that there are women in the gangs, and boy/girl coitus interruptus, they're likely just fashionably faux-gay.) Possibly a case of Actor On Board, considering Gibson's feelings about gay people.
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