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Don’t Mess With Tina Turner

One of the stranger roles in the already mighty strange Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (which airs on AMC tonight at 8 PM) is that of Aunty Entity, played by singer/survivor/fright wig wearer Tina Turner.  Turner has only a handful of movie credits to her name — most notably as the Acid Queen in the 1975 film Tommy  — but her Aunty Entity role is weirdly compelling, if not always completely believable.

Aunty Entity rules the post-apocalyptic desert town of Bartertown like the queen she is until Mel Gibson (Max) comes to town.  Max fights on behalf of Aunt Entity so that she gains complete control of the town, only to find himself banished, and then later to return to settle scores. Kind of like the Ike and Tina relationship, only with even weirder costumes.

In the course of the film, Aunty Entity, as the fearsome femme fatale, gets off some bodacious over-the top lines. Here a sampling of classic lines Tina Turner delivers in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome:

Max: Thunderdome…. (pause) How do I get in there?
Aunty Entity: That’s easy. Pick a fight!

Aunty Entity: Remember where you are – this is Thunderdome, and death is listening, and will take the first man that screams.

Aunty Entity: You think I don’t know the law? Wasn’t it me who wrote it? And I say that this man has broken the law. Right or wrong, we had a deal. And the law says: bust a deal and face the wheel!

Max: I don’t know anything about methane.
Aunty Entity: You can shovel shit can’t you?

Aunty Entity: And what did you do before all this?
Max: I was a cop, a driver.
Aunty Entity: But how the world turns. One day, cock of the walk. Next, a feather duster.

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