Top 50 Mad Max Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Mad Max facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Mad Max film message.

The villainous Immortan Joe is played by Hugh Keays-Byrne, who also played Toecutter in Mad Max (1979).
The villainous Immortan Joe is played by Hugh Keays-Byrne, who also played Toecutter in Mad Max (1979).
Fury Road there is a gun magazine on the dashboard of Furiosa's War Rig. This would allow her to easily reload a handgun using only one hand
Fury Road there is a gun magazine on the dashboard of Furiosa's War Rig. This would allow her to easily reload a handgun using only one hand

Mad Max Trivia

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  1. The stunt involving a tanker rolling over was so dangerous that the stunt driver was not allowed to eat food for 12 hours before shooting. This was in case something went wrong and he needed to be rushed into surgery.

  2. Years apart; Toecutter from 1979's Mad Max and Immortan Joe in 2015's Mad Max Fury Road.

  3. Director George Miller worked as an ER doctor to help finance the film. Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) is named after physician Carl von Rokitansky, who created the Rokitansky procedure, a method for removing organs during autopsy. To save money, Miller paid much his crew in beer.

  4. Max's muzzle is a modified rake or gardening tool. It even has a socket for a broomstick with a hole in it for a nail.

  5. In one scene, Bigfoot leaps out in front of the War Rig. When it lands, you can see the front tire rod breaks, causing the front wheels to bend away from each other. This is a real issue many monster trucks have when performing big jumps. They're fixed in the next shot.

  6. Lord Humungus was originally written to be Jim Goose, Max's former partner who had been horribly burned. The concept was scrapped, but evidence of this still remains: the scars behind Humungus's mask, and the fact that his gang wears old patrol leathers.

  7. Was originally designed in storyboard form before being written as a screenplay. Director George Miller worked with five storyboard artists who produced 3,500 panels, almost as many shots as the finished film.

  8. Barry the Mechanic tells Max that the Interceptor sucks nitro "through Phase IV heads." The Ford Falcon Phase IV was a shortlived racing homologation. The program was shut down following public condemnation by government officials. Only 3 out of 4 survived.

Mad Max Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - When Max and Furiosa return to the citadel with Immortan Joe's car, you can see various car company logos on the dashboard.
    When Max and Furiosa return to the citadel with Immortan Joe's car, you can see various car company logos on the dashboard.
  • 1 - Furiosa ends up with a black eye just like Max in "The Road Warrior"
    Furiosa ends up with a black eye just like Max in "The Road Warrior"
  • 1 - One of the Polecats uses a road sign as a shield. This is a subtle nod to one of the previous Mad Max films featuring a similar sign.
    One of the Polecats uses a road sign as a shield. This is a subtle nod to one of the previous Mad Max films featuring a similar sign.

Mad Max Hidden Details

1 - Furiosa's gas pedal on the War Rig is a Brannock Device, which is used to measure feet.
Furiosa's gas pedal on the War Rig is a Brannock Device, which is used to measure feet.
1 - The crosshair to aim the harpoon launcher is a bent Mercedes-Benz hood ornament
The crosshair to aim the harpoon launcher is a bent Mercedes-Benz hood ornament
1 - Gas pedals in Furiosa's rig are shoe store measurement devices for determining shoe size.
Gas pedals in Furiosa's rig are shoe store measurement devices for determining shoe size.
1 - Mad Max Fury Road, swamp scene "creatures" / The Last Judgment by Hieronymus Bosch, devil in detail.
Mad Max Fury Road, swamp scene "creatures" / The Last Judgment by Hieronymus Bosch, devil in detail.
1 - There is a scene where the Bullet Farmer yells "Sing Brother Heckler! Sing Brother Koch", which references the German Defense Manufacturing company that makes small arms, and was the manufacturer of the submachine guns he is wielding in the scene.
There is a scene where the Bullet Farmer yells "Sing Brother Heckler! Sing Brother Koch", which references the German Defense Manufacturing company that makes small arms, and was the manufacturer of the submachine guns he is wielding in the scene.

When Max and Furiosa are fighting, Max reloads the pistol they are fighting over and chambers a round by snagging the rear sight on his boot in order to rack the slide. The is a real world tactic taught by defensive pistol instructors for one handed reloads.

1 - George Miller cast Australian actor Hugh Keays-Byrne as the villain. 36 years later he cast the same actor as the villain in Fury Road.
George Miller cast Australian actor Hugh Keays-Byrne as the villain. 36 years later he cast the same actor as the villain in Fury Road.
1 - The Buzzards cover their cars in spikes in order to counter the War Boys' tactic of jumping onto and boarding enemy vehicles
The Buzzards cover their cars in spikes in order to counter the War Boys' tactic of jumping onto and boarding enemy vehicles
1 - The doors that Max runs through when being chased by War Boys at the beginning of the film seem to be ambulance doors (see Star of Life symbol) - Makes sense considering he just escaped from the 'hospital' of the Citadel where they were taking his blood etc.
The doors that Max runs through when being chased by War Boys at the beginning of the film seem to be ambulance doors (see Star of Life symbol) - Makes sense considering he just escaped from the 'hospital' of the Citadel where they were taking his blood etc.
1 - You can see where Furiosa stored food in the War Rig when she enters the rig from below
You can see where Furiosa stored food in the War Rig when she enters the rig from below
1 - The soles of the Doof Warrior's shoes are intact and show no wear as he is suspended from his rig; his feet do not touch the ground.
The soles of the Doof Warrior's shoes are intact and show no wear as he is suspended from his rig; his feet do not touch the ground.
1 - When Max has the vision that will save his life for the first time, a single frame of his future attacker flashes by.
When Max has the vision that will save his life for the first time, a single frame of his future attacker flashes by.
1 - The Warrig's wing-mirrors are damaged during the sandstorm. Later on the left side mirror has a hand mirror strapped into the broken frame as a replacement.
The Warrig's wing-mirrors are damaged during the sandstorm. Later on the left side mirror has a hand mirror strapped into the broken frame as a replacement.

The belt buckle that Immortan Joe and others wear has strands of chainmail attached to resemble the water cascade that is the root of his power.

1 - Two of the Immortan Joe's girls use the same objects than Max and the Gyro Captain in Mad Max 2 (1981).
Two of the Immortan Joe's girls use the same objects than Max and the Gyro Captain in Mad Max 2 (1981).
1 - When Max is rounding up weapons on the War Rig, Furiosa briefly glances at the gearshift then at Max. The tip of the gearshift is secretly a knife which she uses later in the movie.
When Max is rounding up weapons on the War Rig, Furiosa briefly glances at the gearshift then at Max. The tip of the gearshift is secretly a knife which she uses later in the movie.

Has a subtle subplot around tattoos

1 - Double Barreled Shotguns used in Mad Max 2 (1981), Beyond Thunderdome (1985), and Fury Road (2015) movies
Double Barreled Shotguns used in Mad Max 2 (1981), Beyond Thunderdome (1985), and Fury Road (2015) movies
1 - Car dashboard covered in hood ornaments, including distinctive Australian ones
Car dashboard covered in hood ornaments, including distinctive Australian ones

Immortan Joe's dashboard is a collection of car company logos

1 - Fury Road the Buzzards Cars are covered in Spikes AS AN HOMAGE TO CULT AUSSIE FILM 'The Cars that Ate Paris'. Directed by Peter Weir. (You know, that guy who made Picnic At Hangin Rock, The Truman Show and Master and Commander?)
Fury Road the Buzzards Cars are covered in Spikes AS AN HOMAGE TO CULT AUSSIE FILM 'The Cars that Ate Paris'. Directed by Peter Weir. (You know, that guy who made Picnic At Hangin Rock, The Truman Show and Master and Commander?)
1 - Max notices the Bullet Farmer as he is attempting to remove his jaw mask, prior to returning to the War Rig's cabin.
Max notices the Bullet Farmer as he is attempting to remove his jaw mask, prior to returning to the War Rig's cabin.

The Warboys have a car transport truck in their armada, you can see it filling up with destroyed cars as the chase goes on.

1 - Following the first film (Mad Max)  where Max is shot in his knee, Max can be seen with a brace to assist his movements.
Following the first film (Mad Max) where Max is shot in his knee, Max can be seen with a brace to assist his movements.

There is a quick shot where The People Eater's gear shift is shown to be a revolver.

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1 - Max draws a map with the blood from his wound
Max draws a map with the blood from his wound
1 - When Max wanted his blood-tube chain cut, since Furiosa can't properly use bolt cutters with one arm, he knew she would use the bolt cutters maliciously, so he made another girl (The Dag) cut the chain
When Max wanted his blood-tube chain cut, since Furiosa can't properly use bolt cutters with one arm, he knew she would use the bolt cutters maliciously, so he made another girl (The Dag) cut the chain

The Buzzard cars are a nod to an older Austrailian film called The Cars That Ate Paris.

1 - Sprog Rockatansky toys innocently with his father's Smith & Wesson Model 29 under the gaze of his loving parents, a rare peaceful scene in a society gone to bits
Sprog Rockatansky toys innocently with his father's Smith & Wesson Model 29 under the gaze of his loving parents, a rare peaceful scene in a society gone to bits
1 - Furiosa glances at her hidden shifter knife right after Max confiscates the pistol hidden under her dash
Furiosa glances at her hidden shifter knife right after Max confiscates the pistol hidden under her dash
1 - One of the levers on Nux's Car is a pair of dentures
One of the levers on Nux's Car is a pair of dentures

Road Fury. The "Organic" keeps count of the people he's killed with tally marks on his hand.

You can see Max unwinding and throwing the winch in the tree thing.

Just before Nux convinces Slit to let him join the battle, Organic Mechanic pokes him on the back of the neck and says, "Ah, you're already a corpse." Later it's established that he has two tumors on the back of his neck and that's what Organic was referring to.

Mad Max poster
Mad Max poster

Mad Max Plot

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Mad Max. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director George Miller
Stars Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
IMDB score 6.9