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"Death is listening and will take the first man that screams!"

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - Tina Turner as Aunt Entity

Description: Admonishment of Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the leader of a post-apocalyptic refuge called Bartertown in the science fiction adventure film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

The Thunderdome is a gladiatorial cage used for settling disputes where (as the rules of the game stated) “Two men enter. One man leaves.”

When Mad Max Rockatansky, aka “The Man with No Name” (Mel Gibson) challenges a towering figure called Blaster (Paul Larsson), they both enter the Thunderdome arena to battle to the death. Aunty Entity then cries, “Welcome to another edition of Thunderdome” and warns the players in this deadly endeavor, “Death is listening and will take the first man that screams.” The ringmaster of the event, Dr. Dealgood (Edwin Hodgeman) then gleefully tells the crowd,

"Listen all! This is the truth of it. Fighting leads to killing, and killing gets to warring. And that was damn near the death of us all. Look at us now! Busted up, and everyone talking about hard rain! But we've learned, by the dust of them all... Bartertown learned. Now, when men get to fighting, it happens here! And it finishes here! Two men enter; one man leaves. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Dying time’s here."

After avoiding an onslaught of spears, sledgehammers and chainsaws, Max wins the event but refuses to kill Blaster when he discovers his helmeted opponent is just a retarded boy with the body of a man.

For violating the “Two men enter. One man Leaves” rule, (the law says, “Bust a deal. Face the wheel”) Max is sentenced to a carnival-like wheel of fortune whose choices include: Amputation, Death, Gulag, Hard Labor, and Thunder Dome.

"All our lives hang by a thread. Now we got a man waiting for sentence. But ain't it the truth: you take your chances with the law, justice is only a roll of the dice. A flip of the coin. A turn... of the Wheel." - Dr. Dealgood

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - Max is sent into the desert to die

Max’s wheel stops on Gulag. He is then unceremoniously bound, thrown onto the top of a horse (backwards) fitted with an oversized Mardi Gras facemask and sent off into the desert wasteland to die.

Max survives his desert ordeal when he is found by a band of wild children who think he is a prophesied savior. They nurse him back to health and then Max returns to wreak his revenge on those in Bartertown.

In their final confrontation, Aunt Entity gets the upper hand, as her troops surround Max. "Well, ain't we a pair, raggedy man," she says. Then Aunt Entity laughs, goes back to her vehicle, and shouts, "Goodbye, soldier" as she drives off with her men and leaves Max alone in the desert.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - Max Wandering in the Desert

See also - Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - Movie Poster

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