The Sound of Music

Continuity mistake: When Maria leaves the Abbey to go to the Von Trapps, she walks for a ways, then takes what appears to be a rather long bus ride. This shows a fair amount of distance between the Von Trapps' house and the Abbey. Yet, when Maria snuck out to return to the Abbey during the party, it was night, and she had no ride waiting. Later, after the Captain tells the children he will marry the Baroness, they walk to and from the Abbey in an unsuccessful attempt to see Maria, and in an apparently short amount of time. From the initial bus ride, the Abbey was simply too far away for those walks to be believable.

Continuity mistake: During the storm, Gretel enters Maria's room and opens the door, which bounces back. A frame later the door is moving in the opposite direction.

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Continuity mistake: In the Do-Re-Mi scene, when the children and Maria are running back and forth on the steps at the very end of the scene, when it is about to end, Kurt doesn't reach the top step, and after the song has ended, you see him stepping up to join everyone else.

Continuity mistake: When the kids fall off the boat, the Baroness's hand rests by her hip. A frame later it rests against the Captain's back.

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Continuity mistake: After Liesel comes into Maria's room and Maria goes to look out the window, you can see the top of the ladder Liesel climbed up. In the next shot the ladder is gone.

Continuity mistake: During "So Long, Farewell", the large area rug in front of the kids moves just after the "cuckoo" part of the song.

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Continuity mistake: When the Capt. and Maria dance, right before he starts clapping she is five meters away, but a frame later he stands barely a meter away.

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Continuity mistake: When the children and Baroness Schrader are playing the game with the ball, they all have numbers which they say as they bounce the ball to one another. These numbers then change once they start throwing the ball (Friedrich starts as 4 and becomes 5, the Baroness starts as 5 and becomes 6, etc.).

Continuity mistake: When the kids ask a nun about Maria, they stand apart in the angle from behind, but are closer together in the front one.

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Continuity mistake: In the first scene where Maria is singing "The Sound of Music" there are two different camera shots; in the long shot the grass is a yellowy colour and in the close up the grass is suddenly green. (This has been fixed on the 40th anniversary DVD.)

Continuity mistake: After the "Do re mi " song the Capt.'s car makes a right turn and drives through a road. In the close-up it's several meters behind passing by the same trees again.

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Continuity mistake: When the Edelweiss song ends, Max starts to talk and the Baroness has nothing in her mouth. A frame later, from a different angle, she has her hand up holding a cigarette.

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Continuity mistake: Mother Abbess is singing next to a window, but when the angle changes the window is gone and there's just a wall.

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Continuity mistake: While Maria prays for the kids' new mother and Leisel enters through the window, the coat lying on the chair changes the way it's folded between angles.

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Continuity mistake: While the kids are watching the people waltzing, Gretl stands facing the room, but a frame later she's leaning sideways against the walls.

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Continuity mistake: During the puppet show Marta changes the backdrop but from a different angle and for a very brief moment, it's the previous one, with a sky instead of a castle.

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Continuity mistake: Before the Edelweiss song, the Baroness takes a glass to her lips, but a a frame later her hand is down.

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Continuity mistake: Christopher Plummer throws down the drape the kids used for clothing on the ground. Then he walks away and there's a clear shot of the ground and the drape has vanished.

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Maria: I don't understand.
Captain von Trapp: Well, we called off our engagement, you see, and...
Maria: Oh, I'm sorry.
Captain von Trapp: Yes. You are?
Maria: Mm-hmm. You did?
Captain von Trapp: Yes. Well, you can't marry someone when you're in love with someone else... Can you?

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Question: In the scene where the nuns are singing 'How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria', one nun says 'I even heard her singing in the abbey.' This is used as though Maria was doing something bad, but throughout this song, aren't the nuns in the abbey, and aren't they singing? If it was so wrong for Maria to do this, why is it okay for them?

Answer: Postulants/Novices, such as Maria, were forbidden from singing in the Abbey. However, these rules did not necessarily apply to the sisters who are singing. In addition, it's a musical, and the nuns weren't "really" singing. Their complaints about Maria are simply put into a song.

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