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Quadrophenia (1979) Poster

(1979)

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Crew or equipment visible 

The shadow of the helicopter that filmed the final scenes on the white cliffs at Beachy Head is visible. Most people call these the white cliffs of Dover, but they aren't. The cliffs at Beachy Head are higher than the white cliffs of Dover.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (10) | Continuity (6) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Errors in geography (2) | Factual errors (3) | Revealing mistakes (3) | Spoilers (3)

Anachronisms 

Rockers are wearing "MOT...RHEAD" T-shirts but the band didn't exist yet.
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During one of the riots, a Pelican crossing introduced in the mid-'70s
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A cinema advertising Heaven Can Wait (released in 1978 can be seen in the background when the Mods fight against the Rockers.
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The blue and yellow-coloured British Rail trains seen passing behind Jimmy's house didn't come into service until the late-'70s.
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Many late 1970s cars are seen in the background. Particularly during the "Goldhawk Road" and "Brighton riot" scenes. Similarly, all the street furniture, road markings and road signs are from the same era, and signs can be seen in (Brighton) shop windows advertising credit cards.
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The double LP "The Who Sell Out" and "A Quick One" special edition was not released until 1974.
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On Jimmy's bedroom wall is an advertising poster for the Who on Track Records. Track Records didn't form until 1967.
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A 1972 Ivory Mercedes Benz 200 passes by in the background as Jimmy steals Sting's parked Vespa from the hotel.
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A Pepsi logo that was not introduced until 1973 appears on the Brighton ice cream shop window behind Steph as Jimmy is carried off to the paddy wagon, as well as the mod hangout Alfredo's Snack Bar in a subsequent scene.
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in one scene Jimmy is in his bedroom and a train is seen moving quickly passed his window. The train is an 'Inter-City 125' which was not introduced on British Rail until the 1970s - the film is set in the 1960s.
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Continuity 

The sign on the palm reader's shop front changes.
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The fly-screen on the scooter that Jimmy steals disappears then reappears in the next shot.
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When Jimmy and his gang leave the Goldhawk club to go after a gang of rockers, John goes with them. However in the next shot, he is back dancing inside the club.
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When Jimmy and Steph are running through the streets during the riot, Steph's shoes change from white stilettos to dark flat shoes and back again.
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During the beach fight, John is fighting a rocker in the sea, however in the next shot of the gathering in the narrow street he is bone dry.
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Jimmy's cigarette disappears between shots whilst handing pills to Steph in the café.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the last scene where Jimmy is riding along the cliff top, the reflection of the camera and lighting car can be seen in the left hand 'bubble' of the scooter.
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Errors in geography 

On the road to the coast, the scooters stop and Jimmy shouts "That is Brighton." Actually, what we see in the distance is Eastbourne.
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The action is set in west London yet a sign for "Coppins of Croydon" is seen clearly.
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Factual errors 

When Jimmy boards the train to Brighton, the locomotive shown is a Class 50, number 50 008. This number was applied in 1974, and the class was used exclusively on Paddington services, at the time of filming.
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When Jimmy enters the scrap yard to see Peter Fenton, an 'NF' (National Front, a British white supremacist political party) graffiti is seen scrawled on the gates. The National Front was not officially formed until 1966, and its 'NF' symbol was not commonly seen in graffiti until the mid 1970's.
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The scene shot at the railway station where Jimmy is waiting to board the train for Brighton was shot at Paddington. Trains for Brighton leave from Victoria.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jimmy is giving Steph a ride home, his scooter comes to a halt. Then the scooter accelerates away while Jimmy's left hand is still squeezing the clutch lever. He releases the clutch lever only after the scooter has picked up speed, indicating that it is on a trailer being towed by a camera car.
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Large numbers of passers-by are watching from the promenade during the filming of the beach fight scenes.They (and their late-1970's clothes) appear in several shots.
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In the scene where Jimmy and Steph are riding on Jimmy's scooter, they appear to be travelling at normal speed, but Jimmy keeps the scooter in first gear. This is because the scene was shot with the actors and the scooter on a trailer being towed by the camera car.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Jimmy's "GS" Vespa changes as he rides it off the cliff.
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Revealing mistakes 

The GS appears to have gone over the cliff twice. The initial shot of the scooter leaving the cliff show the scooter looking odd. This is due to damage received during the first take. The spare tire (behind the back-rest) is missing and the right-hand side cover can be seen coming free. The long, slow close-up shots of it falling are from the first take. Immediately after impact, it cuts to the second take's impact with the scooter in a different orientation and position (presumably as it was more spectacular). It is possible they missed the initial shot on the first take and had to re-do it using a long shot to disguise the damage to the scooter.
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Revealing mistakes 

Tire tracks from previous takes are visible during the final scene on the Beachy Head cliffs.
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