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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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After the oil wars. Out of the rubble of the cities comes ... "BattleTruck" See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Budget:

NZD1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The top speed of the battletruck was 65 km per hour; it was the largest motorized film prop ever built in New Zealand. 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 Made in Detroit with Edward Pressman (2013) 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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Keep on (Battle-)Trucking in the Free World!
21 July 2010 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Battletruck" is yet another umpteenth rip-off of "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior", only this time fabricated in New Zealand! Apparently not only the Italians but also their own neighbors, the Kiwis, were trying to cash-in on the cinematic success of the Aussies. Can you blame them? I guess not, because flamboyant post-nuclear vehicles were THE cinematic hype during the early 80's. This is a fairly enjoyable post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi flick, as long as you don't expect to see anything groundbreaking or mind-blowing. These post-apocalyptic flicks practically all feature the exact same elements. They take place during the aftermath of WWIII, when approximately 90% of the earth's population has been wiped out and oil products have become extremely scarce. They generally also feature only three types of main characters. Mad-raving psychopaths with bombastic vehicles on a murderous rampage looking for gas, Samaritan community members trying their best to re-build some sort of prosperous civilization and one (or maximally three or four) handsome outcast roaming the wastelands. In "Battletruck", the malignant General Straker overthrows the cute community of Clearwater because they gave shelter to his beloved runaway muse Corlie. Unfortunately for him, the lone rebel Hunter comes speeding in on his dirt bike to rescue the wench and save the day. Not very original, but good enough to guarantee an hour and a half of brainless entertainment. The obvious aspect to love about "Battletruck" is the titular 18-wheeled war machine. General Straker and his band of dim-witted crazies move around in a heavily armored truck that cheerfully runs over protective fences and people's houses. No wonder Straker is continuously on the lookout for fuel, as this thing must at least consume 17 gallons per 60 miles! The truck is undoubtedly the star of the movie, and thus director Harley Cokeliss aims all of his cameras on it as much as possible. The truck looks cool from all angles and especially in close up. The action sequences in "Battletruck" are somewhat disappointing. There's not a whole lot of cruelty and bloodshed (at least not compared to the Italian counterparts) and there weren't even any hints at sleaze or perversion! The acting performances are extremely weak and hammy, especially from lead couple Michael Beck (Swan of "The Warriors"!) and Annie McEnroe. Evil man James Wainwright, who looks like a crossover between Daniel Von Bargen and William Shatner, is okay but still not psychotic enough.


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