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Following a global pandemic which devastates the population, Baron (Max von Sydow), the leader of a tribe of survivors, has established a small fortified area in the ruins of New York City. Cal (Richard Kelton), a former scientist and a member of Baron’s tribe, has developed plague resistant seeds which allows the tribe to grow vegetables in the barren soil. Their small garden has become an oasis in the ruined city, coveted by the packs of starving, lawless gangs outside.
Needing to increase security against the raiders, Baron recruits Carson (Yul Brynner), a deadly warrior who has offered his skills for hire. While Carson’s presence has the desired effect, the relentless attacks make Baron realize that the only hope for his pregnant daughter and his unborn grandchild is for them to leave and establish a new society. But escaping the city with Melinda (Joanna Miles) and the precious seeds might prove to be too difficult a task, even for The Ultimate Warrior…
Robert Clouse, USA 1975, 15, 94mins
“Vastly underrated in terms of its action, story, and value to the genre, but even worse, it often gets no credit for imagining the savagery of the post-apocalyptic world that filmmakers and critics would later associate with the Mad Max saga”
–John Kenneth Muir