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One night when I was a kid, in the mid eighties, I saw a Sci-Fi movie late night on TV. I seem to remember it had a really long name. It opened with the main character on his spaceship (which was kind of a piece of junk), drunk, and talking to his lawyer over radio about his divorce from his wife.

Later, planetside, there were lots of Mad Max-esque vehicles in the desert, some of them really big and complicated. That's about all I remember!

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    This could be Spacehunter, which would make it a duplicate of scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/131192/… and a few others.
    – moopet
    Oct 13 '19 at 14:31
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    To add to @moopet's comment, Spacehunter has the subtitle "Adventures in the Forbidden Zone", and in some versions, adds "in 3-D" though that version was probably limited to theatres. In any case, that would account for your memory of it having a long name. Oct 13 '19 at 14:57
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    While everything else from Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone does match, I dont remember him "talking to his lawyer over radio about his divorce from his wife." But it has been a long time and I may be miss remembering it.
    – NJohnny
    Oct 13 '19 at 21:01
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    @NJohnny OP is talking about the opening scene where the main character is receiving a backlog of messages over the radio - the person reading the messages mentions that there's one from the main character's ex-wife complaining that she hasn't received a cheque in six months - but it's never suggested that the person reading the messages is the main character's lawyer. Oct 13 '19 at 21:45
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Vanguard3000 and moopet suggest Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983).
I note that teenage Molly Ringwald was an important character in Spacehunter (1983).

Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983) is a possibility.

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    Spacehunter, as I remember it, definitely matches some of the OPs description. I remember it starting out on a junky old space ship, and much of the rest was on a planet. Oct 14 '19 at 17:05
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Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) was from the early 1980s and had a long title.

I note that the very tall Richard Moll of Night Court appeared in Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983).

Thus Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) might possibly be the remembered movie.

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