Mad Max

Mad Max (1979)

38 mistakes

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Continuity mistake: When Goose crashes his motorbike, he lands on his front. The previous shot shows him falling back-first.

Continuity mistake: When Goose is ambushed by the bikers, one of them throws a brake drum through the windshield of his car, making Goose lose control and crash. As the car begins rolling down the hill, you can clearly see a silver-helmeted stunt driver falling across the front seat bench.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the widescreen edition DVD, when Max's wife tugs at the chain on the back of the car after they have escaped the gang members, before she sees the ripped-off hand tied to it, you can see a crew member's hand holding the chain. (01:00:50)

Continuity mistake: During the bikers destroying the Chevy Bel Air, the front headlights are damaged. Some cuts later, the front headlights get destroyed again.

Continuity mistake: In the opening chase sequence, the Nightrider is being chased by two Main Force Patrol (MFP) cars (the bright yellow, red and blue ones). In one scene the stolen car driven by the Nightrider and one of the pursuit cars are side by side (they past either side of a small child standing in the road. In the following shot there is a point of view shot of the road ahead which shows a yellow/red/blue car lying on its roof in the road in front the caravan. This vanishes in the next shot when the lead MFP car hits the telephone box and rolls but reappears seconds later as the second MFP car (with the smashed in nose) goes through the caravan.

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Continuity mistake: When Max has stolen the Interceptor and is closing in on the bikers for the first time, there's a sequence of shots showing the bikers and the approaching Interceptor. They're on a two-lane road surrounded by trees. Cut to Max turning on the car's blower and shifting gears. Then we see him dive into the bikers; but the whole scenery has changed. The road is now narrow and there are no trees around.

Continuity mistake: When Goose is leaving for his final ride, he burns rubber, leaving a long, black mark on the road. As the shot changes to Johnny the Boy, Goose can be seen in the background, but the mark on the road has disappeared. It's the same street, same place, you can tell it by the details on the walls of the buildings in the scene.

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Continuity mistake: Just in time for the impact, the semi truck that kills Toe Cutter instantly has a large metal shield in front, painted to look like the actual front of the truck seen moments earlier. It even has all the lights painted to appear as if they are lit up.


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Continuity mistake: After Max and his family reach Aunt May's house, Jessie decides to go down to the beach. As she walks toward Max, working on the Holden, she's wearing sandals. She walks around the van and is now wearing sheep skin boots. Yet, as she walks off, she is now wearing sandals again. (01:02:15)

Pat Patterson

Revealing mistake: When the motorcycles are chasing the guy and his girl in the red car, one of the motorcycle riders attacks the car with a machete. He first hits the side of the car, and then goes to hit the windshield. Notice the windshield is already cracked prior to the machete making contact.


Continuity mistake: The weather changes several times during the bikers destroying the Chevy Bel Air.

Plot hole: At the end when Max is chasing the Toecutter, he is right behind him. When the Toecutter hits the truck there is not enough time for Max to avoid the truck and reverse into the small side turning, as the collision was instantanous.

Revealing mistake: When bikers ride over Max's arm; a small hole in the asphalt under Max's arm can be seen.

Other mistake: When Max's wife goes to get ice cream, you can see Max's black Interceptor in the driveway of one of the house, right before one of the bikers loses his hand.

Continuity mistake: When Max is lying on the road towards the end of the movie, his right arm is stretched and he's trying to reach for his gun; then in the next shot, his arm is in the air and he's stretching it towards the gun.

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Continuity mistake: During the opening chase sequence, one police car (March Hare) is behind Nightrider while another (Big Bopper) is on another roadway attempting to join the chase. Big Bopper is wearing an air dam beneath the front bumper, while March Hare is not. But for a few shots, we see March Hare does have an air dam. It is seen when March Hare is first shown from the front, in the distance behind Nightrider, then again when both Hare and Bopper are shown right behind Nightrider as they approach the boy in the road. It is also present when Big Booper spins and we see March Hare pass, viewed through Bopper's windshield. (00:03:10 - 00:07:10)


Revealing mistake: When Goose puts his crashed bike in the back of the pick up truck you can see foil wrapped around the spokes to simulate the mag wheels. The budget was so tight they could not afford a second set of mag wheels for the stunt bike.

Visible crew/equipment: After the bikers finish revving their engines (when they first arrive in town) there are a couple of close-ups of some of the bikers. One of the bikers starts unstrapping his headgear, as he does this four bright stagelights are reflected in the helmets visor.

Jack Vaughan

Continuity mistake: After Roop drives the police car through the trailer, Charlie in the passenger seat leans back and you see a neck injury. Look at Roop and you notice he is wearing a black jacket, but then only shorts as he reports the incident on the radio.

Johnny the Boy: Whacked right out of his skull man! He ain't never comin' back.

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Trivia: Amongst the taunts that the Nightrider shouts to the police on the CB is a verse of the song "Rocker" by AC/DC.

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Question: Although we see that the biker gang has about 20 members when we first encounter them, why does Max only kill 7-8 bikers after his family is run down?

Answer: He kills the members of the gang directly involved in the attack on his wife/child, and the one who ordered it.

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