The Birds

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: Two seconds after the orange car explodes quite a few people appear who were nowhere nearby a second earlier. (01:25:35)

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch returns to the living room before the lights go out, there's much more wood in the pile than before when he was putting it into the fire. (01:44:05)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie leaves Mitch's house, the barn alternates between having a blue sky behind it and having clouds behind it. (00:23:00)

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Continuity mistake: No one touches the two yellow buoys on the end of Mitch's doc, but after Melanie leaves the birds in the house they've changed position relative to the wooden planks underneath. (00:23:10)

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Continuity mistake: Melanie hasn't been near her car since the attack on the children at the school. Now as she and Mitch pass it while walking to Annie's, we can see the front wheels have been turned all the way to the right. (01:29:50)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie watches Mitch from out on the boat, someone opened the shades on the left lower window of the house. In the next shot as Mitch watches her with the binoculars the shades are closed again. (00:24:10)

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Continuity mistake: When the store manager shows Melanie Mitch's house, the cloud cover is different from what we just saw behind her car as she drove up to the store. (00:13:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Melanie first reaches into her pocketbook for the card she's about a foot away from the cage. In the next shot as she puts the card against the cage her pocketbook is practically touching the seat. (00:22:25)

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Continuity mistake: After dinner with Mitch, Melanie walks into Annie's apartment and between shots the shadow of Annie's head appears out of nowhere against the wall. (00:41:05)

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Continuity mistake: Before Melanie sits down at the table the position of the metal milk container changes from the left to the right side of the table between shots. (00:26:45)

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the bird attack Melanie gets Lydia and Cathy out through the side door. If you look to the left of the screen the wall behind and around the lamp where the painting hangs is dark. In the last shot of the birds flying around the painting is lit. (00:56:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie walks up to Annie's, the porch casts it's shadow on the front door. In the next shot the door is lit up by sunlight. (00:16:20)

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Continuity mistake: The lighting has changed as Melanie turns around to talk to Mitch's neighbor. When she first turns around her shadow is not on the wall and in the next shot it is. (00:10:25)

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Continuity mistake: When we first see Melanie driving up to Bodega Bay there's no windshield in her car. (00:11:00)

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Visible crew/equipment: As Melanie drives up to have dinner at Mitch's the reflection of the cameraman on the inside of the window can be seen moving in the upper left hand portion of the screen. (00:32:10)

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Mother in Diner: Why are they doing this? Why are they doing this? They said when you got here, the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you're the cause of all this. I think you're evil. Evil!

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Trivia: Tippi Hendren actually received a cut on her face by a bird in one of the shots.

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Question: When the birds attack the town a gas station attendant is hit by a bird and drops the gas hose he is using to fill a car. The gasoline flows down the street and under a car; a man drops a match and lights the gas causing an explosion. Why didn't the gas pump shut off when the man dropped it?

michael g

Answer: The movie takes place in the 1960s, so presumably gas pumps worked a bit differently back then. There may not have been automatic shut-offs, or if there was, it was faulty.

raywest Premium member

The automatic shut off is in the handle of the hose. When a person grips the handle they have to lift a levered switch to allow gas flow; the lever is spring loaded so that if it is released the gas will stop flowing. I have looked at older antique gas pumps and they are all the same; even the visible glass gravity flow ones. If that hose was dropped the the gas should have stopped flowing.

michael g
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