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Tank Girl (1995)

In the future, the odds of survival are 1000 to 1. That’s just the way she likes it.

Tank Girl is a 1995 American science fiction film directed by Rachel Talalay. Based on the British post-apocalyptic comic series of the same name created by Jamie Hewlett and written by Alan Martin that was originally published in Deadline magazine, the film stars Lori PettyNaomi WattsIce-T and Malcolm McDowellTank Girl is set in a drought-ravaged Australia, years after a catastrophic impact event. It follows the antihero Tank Girl (Petty) as she, Jet Girl (Watts), and genetically modified supersoldiers called the Rippers fight “Water & Power”, an oppressive corporation led by Kesslee (McDowell).

After reading an issue of the Tank Girl comic she had received as a gift, Talalay obtained permission from Deadline‘s publisher Tom Astor to direct a film adaptation. She selected Catherine Hardwicke to be the production designer, and worked closely with Martin and Hewlett during the making of the film. Tank Girl was filmed primarily in White Sands, New Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona. The film’s critically praised soundtrack was assembled by Courtney Love, and the Rippers’ makeup and prosthetics team was headed by Stan Winston. Winston’s studio wanted to work on the project so much that they cut their usual prices in half to meet the film’s budget.

Financially unsuccessful, Tank Girl recouped only about $6 million of its $25 million budget at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. Martin and Hewlett have since spoken negatively of their experiences creating the film. Talalay blamed some of the film’s negative reception on studio edits over which she had no control. Despite the box-office failure of the film, it has been cited as an example of a comic-book film with a cult following, and it is noted for its feminist themes.

Tank Girl, Theatrical poster for Tank Girl, featuring a modified tank and a girl wearing punk clothing. The tagline reads "In the future the odds of survival are 1000 to 1. That's just the way she likes it."
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