Warlords of the 21st Century

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Battletruck aka: Warlords of the 21st Century - 1982



Battletruck Films - 92 min.
DVD UPC# 826663119077

Cast: Michael Beck, Annie McEnroe, James Wainwright, Bruno Lawrence, John Bach, John Ratzenberger.
Screenplay: Irving Austin, Harley Cokliss, John Beech from a story by Michael Abrams; Photography: Chris Menges; Music: Kevin Peek; Producers: Lloyd Phillips & Rob Whitehouse; Director: Harley Cokliss.

Rural survivors of the oil wars are terrorised by roving military-style bandit Colonel Straker and his men, who travel and fight in a heavily armoured truck. For most, the choice is capitulate or die. Hunter, however, believes that there is always a way to fight back. Romantic interest takes the form of Corlie, whom we later discover is Straker's daughter. Hunter may be rather cool and undemonstrative for the most part, but when one of the more cowardly and underhanded farmers attempts to murder him and captures Corlie for delivery to Straker, it really gets his dander up.

Censor Rating: R13 - Review Rating: C

Battletruck clip
Official MP4 Trailer



AVAILABILITY OF COPIES

Available in PAL and NTSC vhs videos. Expect new copies, if you can find them, to be at least $50. Used NTSC copies can be found in the U.S. for about $10-20.
As of August 3, 2010, it is available on a, technically, high quality R1 ntsc dvd from North American sources, selling for about $10us. It is coupled with 'Death Sport' in a set called 'Roger Corman's Cult Classics - Double Feature'. It is presented in its original 1.33:1 format with mono English soundtrack. There are no subtitles. There is an alternative commentary track with the director, Harley Cokeliss, hosted by Jonathan Rigby, that provides a good deal of background.

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SOUNDTRACK ON AUDIO CD

There are no known soundtrack CDs of this title.

Link to soundtrack sample download

The first known NZ feature film to also have its own soundtrack release was the 1977 33rpm LP of Sleeping Dogs. Other titles that are on 33rpm LP and/or audio cassette, but have not yet (as of 2007) found their way to CD are: Solo (1978), Goodbye Pork Pie (1980), Battletruck (1981), Smash Palace (1981), Strata (1984), Bridge to Nowhere (1986), Queen City Rocker (1986) and The Leading Edge (1987).

Details on these rare LPs can be found at the Soundtrack LP page.



REVIEWS

Cinema Aotearoa Review

Reviews at Letterboxd.com

Keith Philipps' Review at the AV Club with Video Clips

Internal Bleeding Review

Moria Review

Post-Apocalypse.co.uk Review, plus many still photos and the trailer.

More Hollywood-in-New Zealand, with a plot strangely reminiscent of the Australian 'Mad Max 2'. Western-with-technology pretending to be science-fiction (Nicholas Reid - 'A Decade of New Zealand Film')



TRAILERS - MISC

VIDEO VAULT - Links to all title's trailers and clips

NZ On Screen Videos & Comments

The Demise of the Battletruck video

Information at IMDB

Internet Movie Poster Awards



AWARDS

1982 - Catalonian International Film Festival, Spain - Best Actress: Annie McEnroe

1983 - SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at the Avoriaz Festival du Film Fantastique.




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