The Birds

Continuity mistake: During the bird attack, Lydia and Cathy start running towards the dinner table and the drapes to the left of the door are pitch black. The next time we see these drapes they're lit up. (01:41:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Mitch walk up to Annie's house they pass the school and you can see that the bench that Melanie sat on in front of the monkey bars has been removed. (01:30:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie approaches the boat keeper her pocketbook is hanging around her wrist. In the next shot as she speaks to him the pocketbook is in the crook of her arm. (00:20:00)

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Continuity mistake: As they speak on Annie's front porch Melanie says, "Well, I'd better be on my way" and her left hand is at her side. In the next shot she's holding it straight out. (00:17:50)

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Continuity mistake: On the last leg of Melanie's journey just before she enters Bodega Bay she's driving on a dirt road, but they dub in the sound of her tires screeching on pavement as she negotiates the turns. (00:11:45)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and the cashier try to catch the bird they are close together in the close up but further apart in the next shot when we just see their hands in the air. (00:06:05)

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Continuity mistake: During the bird attack Melanie crushes the shade on the lamp in the corner. Several shots later it looks almost like new. (01:41:35)

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Continuity mistake: As they all sit down to have dinner Lydia covers the lovebird's cage with a cloth. After the birds fly from the fireplace we see the birdcage again and you can tell by the edges that the cloth is in a different position even though no one went near it. (00:54:10)

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Continuity mistake: The phone booth changes when Melanie is in it during the bird attack later in the movie. Here the green part on the bottom has three vent slits per row, later when the fire is behind it you can see four vent slits per row. (00:26:25 - 01:26:15)

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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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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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