Mad Max 2 script
Mad Max 2 (1981)
Synopsis: After avenging the death of his wife and young son at the hands of a vicious gang leader, Max (Mel Gibson) drives the post-apocalyptic highways of the Australian outback, fending off attacks from nomadic tribes that prey on outsiders. Falling into an encampment led by the relatively peaceful Pappagallo (Mike Preston), Max at first schemes to steal their oil, but soon becomes the group's reluctant defender against the hulking Humungus (Kjell Nilsson) and his ruthless marauders.

THE MONTAGE:

BLACK AND WHITE ACADEMY FORMAT

la.THE WASTELAND.DAY.

Flurries of dust and sand swirl around us as we move

through an eerie, barren land. The only sound is the

howl of a rising wind.

Ahead something looms out of the storm. As we approach

we see that it is the rusting remains of a massive oil

pump.

The wind drops to be replaced by the voice of a very old

man. This Is the Narrator:

NARRATOR V/O

The vision dims and all that remains

are mememories. They take me back -

back to the place where the black

pump sucked guzzolene from the

earth...

DISSOLVE.

lb.ANOTHER PART OF THE WASTELAND. DAY.

Out of the dust storm emerges the ancient wreck of a

prime mover and fuel tanker. It is partly charred, its

wheels and sides studded with metal crossbow bolts.

NARRATOR V/O

And I remember the terrible battle

we fought - the day we left that

place forever...

DISSOLVE.

1c.A HILLTOP IN THE WASTELAND.DAY.

A warrior, dressed in leather and steel, stands on a

hill crest. This is MAX. Behind him is a strange road

vehicle:
two engines and a seat mounted on a chassis.

NARRATOR V/O

But, most of all, I remember the

courage of a stranger, a road

warrior called Max. To understand

who he was you must go back to the

last days of the old world ...

FADE TO BLACK.

ld/e. A MOB OF ARAB STUDENTS...

....storm a heavily-fortified embassy and raise the

Iranian flag.

1f.U.S. SOLDIERS LAND ...

... on a beach in the Persian Gulf and fight their way

across the sand.

NARRATOR V/O

... when, for reasons long

forgotten, two mighty warrior

nations went to war ...

1g. AN OIL WELL ERUPTS...

... and then another ... and another.

Plumes of flame burst across the skyline.

NARRATOR:

...and touched off a blaze which

engulfed them all.

1h. A LINE OF CARS...

... stretches for blocks until It finally reaches a gas

station.

An attendant pulls down a sign which reads:

$7 / Gallon

and replaces it with another sign:

AUTHORIZED VEHICLES ONLY

A group of angry motorists gather around, yelling and

pushing.

The attendant produces a gun motioning them back ...

NARRATOR:

...For without fuel they were

nothing. They had built a house of

straw ...

1i. BUSINESSMEN AT A STOCK EXCHANGE ...

... are yelling and shoving.

BUSINESSMEN:

Sell! Sell! Sell!

Torn up scrip litters the floor ...

1j. THE FOYER OF A HUGE CORPORATION.

The company's crest is chiselled on the wall. It is

accompanied by the words:

SEVEN SISTERS PETROLEUM

"Fueling The World"

on the floor below, beyond the marble pillars, we see

the building is abandoned - littered with broken

furniture and piles of documents.

DISSOLVE.

1k. A CORRIDOR.

We pass through a door designated:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE:

At the other end of the imposing room we see a

businessman clearing out his vast desk. His name is

PAPPAGALLO. On the wall behind him we see photo- graphs

and Paintings of oil wells and re fineries.

PAPPAGALLO takes a wad of maps and puts them in his

briefcase, followed by a copy of "Whole Earth,

catalogue" and another book. The cover reads:

TEACH YOURSELF SOLAR ENERGY

1l. LIVING ROOM.

An ANXIOUS FAMILY is gathered in front of a television

set - A politican addresses the nation.

POLITICIAN:

Stage three of the national

emergency is effective immediately,

citizens are warned ...

The speech is cut Short as static fills the screen.

The family looks up at the lights as they flicker...

lm. IN A FACTORY ...

a giant machine grinds to a halt.

ln. IN A CITY STREET...

...anxious faces look up as the street lights flick off.

lo. AN INDUSTRIAL CITY SCAPE.

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Terry Hayes

Terry Hayes (born 8 October 1951) is an English-born screenwriter, producer and author best known for his work with the Kennedy Miller film production house. more…

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