'Mad Max' (1979) starring Mel Gibson

<p><strong>Crisis conditions:</strong> In the aftermath of nuclear war, anarchy reigns (at least in Australia), barbarians with punk hairstyles rule and tribal skirmishes break out over the control of gasoline. <br /><br /><strong>The hero's journey:</strong> Reluctant drifter helps the less Darwinistically equipped (respectively, a group of people and a bunch of children) fend off the magnificently be-mohawked heathen hordes, thereby rediscovering his own squelched humanity. <br /><br /><strong>The look:</strong> Black leather biker jacket customized with football shoulder pad, black leather pants (despite the heat of the Australian summer), fingerless gloves, steel-toed boots.<br /><br /><strong>Weapon(s) of choice:</strong> Sawed-off shotgun, souped-up hot rod.</p>

( Los Angeles County Museum of Art / July 17, 2000 )

Crisis conditions: In the aftermath of nuclear war, anarchy reigns (at least in Australia), barbarians with punk hairstyles rule and tribal skirmishes break out over the control of gasoline.

The hero's journey: Reluctant drifter helps the less Darwinistically equipped (respectively, a group of people and a bunch of children) fend off the magnificently be-mohawked heathen hordes, thereby rediscovering his own squelched humanity.

The look: Black leather biker jacket customized with football shoulder pad, black leather pants (despite the heat of the Australian summer), fingerless gloves, steel-toed boots.

Weapon(s) of choice: Sawed-off shotgun, souped-up hot rod.

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