The Sound of Music

Continuity mistake: When Maria and the children are singing do re mi they start of wearing the clothes made from drapes, but during the scene they change clothes and back again twice.

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Suggested correction: The Do-Re-Mi sequence takes the place over the course of several days, hence the change in costumes from the beginning of the scene where they are in the drapes, to other days when they are wearing different clothes, and finally at the end when they are back in the drapes. Remember, the Captain was gone for quite some time. It took awhile for him to drive to Vienna, visit with the Baroness, and then drive back to Salzburg with her and Max.

Factual error: When singing "Do-Re-Mi", Maria is playing a Goya guitar. Goya brand guitars were not invented until the mid-1950s, a good ten years after this takes place.

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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Factual error: The story is set prior to the Anschluss, which was Austria's forced annexation with Germany in 1938. At this time Austrian vehicles still drove on the left (Hitler eventually changed that). When Von Trapp brings the Baroness to his home for the first time, he drives on the right.

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: During the boat scene, the baroness leaves and walks behind Maria. From the immediate opposite shot the baroness has vanished.

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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: When Rolf brings a telegram he extends his arm and immediately after, he lowers it. A frame later it's extended and he is lowering again.

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Continuity mistake: When the ballroom dance starts, the Capt. and the Baroness greet the guests. The number of people walking down the stairs behind them increase, decrease or simply disappear between shots.

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Factual error: When they're making their escape in the CitrĂ´en a shot is shown under the car. The tyres on the CitrĂ´en are "Michelin X" radials. These were not on the market till 1948.

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Audio problem: When Georg playfully taps Max's cheek, we hear 3 taps but Georg only taps twice.

Continuity mistake: When the captain sings for the first time and hugs the children, Gretl is under his left arm. In the next shot, he raises his arm and she is nowhere to be seen. Then, when Maria motions for Gretl to give the Baroness the edelweiss, she is back under his arm.

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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Trivia: The front and back of the von Trapp house are actually two different houses. Also, the gazebo (which belongs to the house used for the back shots) is across a river from the house. You can take the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg.

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Question: Gretel was 5 years old and the mother died seven years ago. Who is Gretel's mom?

Answer: In the film, the Mother Abess explains to Maria that the Captain Von Trapp's wife died "several years" ago. This is commonly misheard by viewers as "seven years." In reality, the actual mother of the Von Trapp children was Agathe Whitehead, who died of scarlet fever in 1922, just four years before Maria came to the Von Trapp home, initially as a tutor (not a governess) in 1926.

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Answer: However when Captain Von Trapp gets the children to step forward and introduce themselves to Maria he states that their mother died 7 years ago.

Not in the 1965 film, perhaps in another version. In the 1965 film the only thing he says about his late wife when he first meets Maria is "you'll be the 12th governess...since their mother died." When he has the children introduce themselves, he only advises Maria to pay attention to their signals and names. Later after he leaves and the children say how old they are, Marta says "I'll be 7 on Tuesday."


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