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Tank Girl (1995)



Critic Consensus: While unconventional, Tank Girl isn't particularly clever or engaging, and none of the script's copious one-liners have any real zing.

Movie Info

This wild, futuristic action-fantasy, based on the popular comic book character "Tank Girl," is set in the year 2033 where drought and pollution have turned the Earth into a desert wasteland. Water has become the most valuable resource on the planet and all of it is controlled by the despotic military-industrial Water & Power Company. Kesslee is the company's tyrannical CEO. The hydro-monopolizing company is opposed by a few courageous rebels, who regularly risk their lives to poach the precious fluid. To stop the rebels, Kesslee takes one of the most prominent rebels, Rachel Buck, captive and forces her to work in the company mines. He also wants her to act as his spy so he can catch the deadly Rippers, a species of half-human, half-kangaroo that live within. Fortunately, Rachel and her pal Jet Girl escape from the mines. Rachel then steals a tank and goes off to find the Rippers. She has no idea that she wears a homing device implanted in her skin. Mayhem ensues until the two brave females successfully convince the Rippers to help them save the Earth from ruin.more
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alan Martin, Jamie Hewlett, Tedi Sarafian
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment

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Lori Petty
as Rachel Buck
as T-Saint
Naomi Watts
as Jet Girl
Don Harvey
as Sergeant Small
Iggy Pop
as Rat Face
Ann Cusack
as Sub Girl
Brian Wimmer
as Richard
James Hong
as Che'tsai
Charles Lucia
as Captain Derouche
Harlan Clark
as Additional Ripper
Doug Jones
as Additional Ripper
Beth de Patie
as Prostitute
Ata Scanlan
as Additional Ripper
Alvarez Wortham
as Additional Ripper
Roz Witt
as Dr. Nikita
Wes Veldink
as Liquid Silver Dancer
Tom Noga
as Foreman
John David Bland
as Trooper Wayne
Jo Farkas
as Sand Hermit
Richard Schiff
as Trooper in Trench
Kane Picoy
as Trooper No. 1
Troy Startoni
as Jet Pilot
Beth DePatie
as Prostitute
Roger Bohman
as Technician
Frank Walton
as Trooper in Basement
Richard C. Sarafian
as Flyer Trooper
Aaron Kuhr
as Trooper at Pump Hang...
Kelly Cousineau
as Young Rebecca
Chief Gordon
as Trooper
Kelly Kerby
as Trooper
Jim Sullivan
as Semi Driver
William A. Doyle
as Dig Site Worker
Peer Ebbighausen
as Flyer Pilot
Shane Mahan
as Puppeteer
Mark Maitre
as Puppeteer
J. Alan Scott
as Puppeteer
Aurorah Allain
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Kristie Canavan
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Anne Fletcher
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Carla Sousa Garrido
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Heather Hendricks
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Carolyn Kusian
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Letha Lamb
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Larissa Lanoue
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Holly Manville
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Cory William May
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Mary Ann Oedy
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Kristianne Reed
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Lynette Ruiz
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Ryoko Sawaishi
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Joie Shettler
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Wes Veldnink
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Dee Dee Weathers
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Anacia Weiskittel
as `Liquid Silver' Danc...
Nikki Whitfield
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Kimberly Wolfe
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Critic Reviews for Tank Girl

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (11)

Lori Petty does her tough-talking best to breathe some life into the comic-book action, but it's not enough.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

An aspiring cult film that would rather be cute than dangerous.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The movie version of the graphic comic book is a classic case of kitchen-sink filmmaking, in which the principals have thrown everything into the stew, hoping enough will stick to the audience.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Lori Petty does a nice job in the title role of this enjoyable 1995 feature based on the postapocalyptic SF comic book and set in the year 2033.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Generous souls may try to blame this travesty of the Deadline comic-strip on the studio execs who forced director Talalay to tone down and re-edit her cut.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Chief among its strong points is Lori Petty, a buzz-cut fashion plate in a Prozac necklace, who brings the necessary gusto to Tank Girl's flippancy.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Tank Girl

I think this is the perfect example of an idea that worked better as an animated movie. Problem for this live action film is there are numerous animated sequences within the film which prove without a doubt that animated was definitely the way to go.

Credit where its due Lori Petty did a good job as the unhinged off the wall 'Tank Girl' with her ticks and facial madness. The film suffers from lack of originality and poor visuals throughout but Petty does manage to hold it together with her seductive emo like appearance and cute one liners.

This film suffers much like 'Johnny Mnemonic' (both 1995) in the fact they both show the usual unimaginative distopian future run by evil companies (or people) with the same types of ideas. 'Tank Girl' is much more obviously comicbook orientated with in your face flashy bizarre styles, fashions and attitude but the overused apocalyptic future thing lets them both down and always comes across as cheap n tacky looking if not done right.

Plot is basic and McDowell simply isn't much of a villain. There is never much of a threat going on, nothing to engage you and nothing to treat your eyes. The 'Rippers' (mutant kangaroos) also look pretty terrible and more like something from a bad 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' sequel but I did quite like the hologram idea for McDowells's villain towards the end, nice effect surprisingly.

As said before the animated sequences are far superior to the rest of the film, maybe a reboot is in order.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


God this movie is so 90s. Hell, depsite the fact that this is a kooky, ridiculous mess, the fact that it is so 90s is probably what makes it sorta charming and fun in its own way. I can definitely see why this is a cult favorite (for some).

Yeah, this adaptation of a comic is bad, but it's never boring. The performances are over the top, the movie's got a plot that's all over the place, and there's some really odd editing and a messy script, but, the film has some killer needle drops, it's got a fun charm to it, the actors look like they had a lot of fun making this, the costumes and sets are just kitschy as all hell, and pre-fame Naomi Watts is quite nice looking.

The plot has something to do with water shortages in a post apocalyptic world with rebels going against an evil megalomaniac, but none of that really seems to matter. The punk attiiude, crazy art direction and the camp value just seem to take priority, but in the end, you could find far less interesting films to watch than this one, even though I'm sure a far more focused and competant adaptation is probably what fans really want.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


A lot of people tend to dismiss this movie because of it's "comic book" feel and comic-book (really) transitions.

I enjoyed this movie a LOT, as it has the same "feel" as the original comic books I remember reading, and the same style of humor. It's very well done for 1995, the dialogue is well-scripted for the intent of the movie, and the funny stuff is actually funny. Some of the action scenes are a bit "campy" - but then again, they're *supposed* to be that way in this kind of movie. In addition, I thought the acting was excellent, and that Lori Petty (who played "Kit" in "A League of Our Own) Malcolm McDowell (practically legendary) and Naomi Watts were excellent choices for their characters, as were the rest of the supporting cast. Lori Petty hasn't been in anything "huge" since this movie, which is truly a pity as she is an excellent and versatile actress. Look for some interesting supporting actors, including Ice-T, Iggy Pop, and James Hong.

Listen to the comedic dialogue carefully - most of the punchlines are funny on several levels, which I found most refreshing, and you'll encounter a lot of funny double-entendre.

Don't look for a bunch of CGI computer effects in this movie. However, well-designed and imaginative props and sets give a good feeling of "authenticity" to the scenes, and the visual and special effects are excellent.

Don't bother critiquing little details and spurious claptrap like that with this movie - it sets out to be a comic-book-style fun action-adventure and accomplishes that goal magnificently. (The funniest thing is that the plot precept of a mega-corporation in control of the world's water supply is becoming more and more of a plausible idea and leads one to think of a possible metaphoric reference to the world oil situation) This movie might have been rated "R" at the time for adult situations & violence (and a little nudity), but I didn't notice a whole lot of "foul language", and I didn't really see much in the movie that wouldn't be put on broadcast TV today.

This movie has everything - good acting, evil villains, cute heroines, mutants, cool vehicles, explosions, big sets, a huge supporting cast, hilarious humor, great stunts, and even a classic musical number with a full chorus line! ("Let's Do It" by Cole Porter) It even pokes fun at beat poetry. All-in-all, well worth seeing.

If you like stuff like "The Wizard of Speed and Time", "Flash Gordon", "Johnny Mnemonic", "Space Truckers", "Ice Pirates", or "Yellowbeard" then you'll definitely love this movie. Even if you don't, see this movie anyway - it may change your mind about this genre.

From personal experience: "Chicks dig this flick."

Get the popcorn & enjoy.

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

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