The Birds

Continuity mistake: Mitch puts the table up against the opening of the fireplace twice. The first time the bottom of the table is pushed up closer to the fireplace than the second. (00:55:15)

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Continuity mistake: The wire attached to the roof of the Bodega Bay School that the birds sit on as Mitch and Melanie watch was not there earlier in the movie. We see this left corner of the building up close twice earlier in the movie. The first is when Melanie drives up to Annie's and the second even better shot is when Annie stands by her mailbox as Melanie leaves. (01:29:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Mrs. Brenner escapes the neighbor's farm after finding him dead with eyes pecked out, she is driving so fast that there is a half mile long dust storm trailing behind her pickup truck. She slides almost sideways to a stop in her yard. In the next shot she is seen bolting from the truck... with not a speck of dust stirring anywhere to be seen. (00:59:00)

Continuity mistake: Annie's position in the doorway changes between shots but Melanie's eyes stay fixed on one spot as she's speaking to her. (00:31:50)

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Continuity mistake: The top magazine piled on the table to the left of Lydia is seen protruding out over the edge in front of the others. It's moved back after the birds fly out of the fireplace. (00:54:30)

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Continuity mistake: In the final bird attack on the house Mitch runs to Lydia and Cathy huddled in the corner by the bookcase. The lighting has been moved and the shadow on the red books in the bookcase disappears in the next shot. (01:42:55)

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Continuity mistake: As the store manager takes Melanie outside to look at Mitch's house, the dog license sign on the window of the door is reversed from when Melanie walked up. (00:13:05)

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch runs to get the hammer and nails the shadow underneath the table next to the far wall changes between shots. First it's too dark to see under the table, than as Melanie watches him you can see the shadow of the table's leg against the wall. (01:43:40)

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Continuity mistake: During the gulls' attack on Cathy's birthday party, Melanie sees a gull attacking a girl in a blue dress and takes her suit coat off to wave it at the gull to frighten it away. The next shot, from a distance, shows them running into the house and Melanie is wearing the coat again. A second later there's a closer shot of them running in and Melanie's coat is off again and she's carrying it.

Continuity mistake: When facing the exterior of Annie Hayworth's house, the bay window alcove to the left of the front door isn't deep enough to contain everything that we see in it when we later see it from the inside.

Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Annie smoke their cigarettes you can see the shadow of her tree on the door post but when we saw this spot before as Melanie walked up to the house it wasn't there. (00:16:50)

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Continuity mistake: Before Melanie walks up the stairs to the bedroom there's a shadow of a plant on her jacket. This is wrong because in the shot before we can see up the stairs and there's no plant with any light behind it. (01:46:50)

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Continuity mistake: The shadow cast by the cage gets shorter between shots as she puts the card for Cathy up against it. (00:22:25)

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch checks the doors and windows look closely at the table to the left of the brown chair on the bottom left of the screen, it has on it an ash tray very close to a plate and a silver box. The shadow of the brown chair falls on the silver box but the next time we see this table, after Lydia straightens up, the brown chair has been moved away to make room for the camera and its shadow no longer falls on the box. (01:36:50 - 01:39:10)

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Continuity mistake: Melanie cleans off all the blood on her forehead and in her hair with the Kleenex, but in the next shot there's more blood that appears in her hair than before. (00:27:20)

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Continuity mistake: Melanie's car is parked in front of the Bodega Bay bar as she fills out the card to Cathy then she pulls straight forward. In the next shot we see a car parked in front of her that she should have hit. (00:19:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Mitch puts the bird he caught back in its cage the other bird that was in the cage with it is not there. (00:06:25)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Mitch stand by the canary cage she puts the pencil on her chin and it's not there in the next shot. (00:05:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch checks the doors and windows he returns to the living room and everything on the table has been rearranged and no one moved from where they were sitting. He's not there but his cup moves from the being next to the edge of the tray to being adjacent to the handle. (01:38:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Melanie reaches for the flashlight on the coffee table it's been moved closer to and slightly in front of the kerosene lamp and she hasn't touched it. (01:45:20)

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Continuity mistake: A blond boy in a light brown shirt is attacked by a crow and goes from having no blood on his neck to having a lot of blood smeared on his neck between shots. (01:14:10)

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Question: What is said on the radio in the car at the end of the film?

Answer: "The bird attacks have subsided for the time being. Bodega Bay seems to be the centre, though there are reports of minor attacks on Sebastopol and a few on Santa Rosa. Bodega Bay has been cordoned off by roadblocks. Most of the townspeople have managed to get out, but there are still some isolated pockets of people. No decision has been arrived at yet as to what the next step will be, but there's been some discussion as to whether the military should go in. It appears that the bird attacks come in waves, with long intervals between. The reason for this does not seem clear as yet."

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