The Sound of Music

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.).

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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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: 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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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.

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: 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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