Of all the films on Mel Gibson’s resume, The Road Warrior is the one that causes me the most pain. It arrived in the much ballyhooed summer of 1982 like a thunderbolt: upping the ante on director George Miller’s post-apocalyptic Mad Max and delivering one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made in the process. Pity Gibson’s Antisemitism has made watching him so unpalatable. The Road Warrior opened in U.S. theaters today in 1982.
Going back much earlier, we find The Ox-Bow Incident, a solid western from William Wellman in which Henry Fonda’s amiable drifter learns some important lessons about angry mobs. It opened 75 years ago today in 1943.