The Birds

Continuity mistake: When Melanie looks out the window to see the gas station attendant attacked by the birds the coat hanger that was there earlier in the scene, next to the window, is gone.

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch starts to run out of the restaurant the angle of the drapes to the left of the old drunk at the bar changes between shots. At first it's spread out more at the bottom, then up close it hangs straight down.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie parks in front of the school there's a big hunk of black tar on the rear quarter panel of her car behind the tire, that wasn't there in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie returns to Annie's house the sun is shining brightly overhead and not casting any shadows onto the front door. In the next shot as she rings the doorbell there are two distinct shadows of her on the house, one to her left and one to her right.

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Continuity mistake: When we see Mitch's red barn up close the sun is not shining and there are clouds behind it. The next time we see it a few seconds later it's a bright sunshiny day with a blue sky behind it.

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Continuity mistake: As Lydia walks into Mr. Faucet's room her shadow from the window in front of her falls on the wall to the right of the hallway. In the next shot looking at her coming through the door there's no shadow on the wall.

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Continuity mistake: As they go up to the restaurant to get help Melanie says, "I had a booster before I went abroad last May" and the background changes abruptly between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie approaches Mitch's dock, a yellow pole extends from the far left side of the dock to the brown pail in the front of the dock. In the next shot, as she walks on the dock, the pole is gone.

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Continuity mistake: How does Tippi Hedren (Melanie), every time she is attacked by birds, manage to get to a top-notch hairdresser before the next scene? Melanie's hair changes many times in consecutive shots throughout the film.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene with the policeman, Melanie suggests that she should stay for the night. Look closely at the mantle above the fireplace to in the right of the picture there is a jar with something sticking out of it. In the previous shot this jar is empty.

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Continuity mistake: As they look across the bay at Mitch's house, the store manager changes position between shots. He moves closer to Melanie as he asks her if she wants him to order a boat for her.

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Continuity mistake: The body of the gas station attendant moves to the left between shots, as Mitch runs to help him, and Mitch's position changes after he runs to help.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning, before Melanie walks behind the newsstand, it's an overcast day and she doesn't cast any shadow. As she emerges from the other side of the newsstand she casts several shadows against the wall and floor. The other people walking in front of the pet store are also casting shadows in several different directions. Throughout the film there are numerous changes regarding the casting of shadows between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Annie turns to look at Lydia coming out of the house there are no shadows against the side of the house where the door is. In the next shot there's a shadow of a balloon there and the shadows on the back wall are spaced closer together.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the movie when Mitch catches the yellow bird under his hat take a good look at the injury (subungual hematoma) he has under his left thumb nail. It takes weeks for these to go away, but Mitch's is gone when we see his left thumb again as he holds Melanie in the kitchen.

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Continuity mistake: Before Lydia walks up to Mr. Faucet's door the day is overcast with no sunlight shining underneath his porch. As she walks through the door it looks as though she's in bright sunlight with her shadow casts on the screen door.

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Continuity mistake: As Lydia sits in her bed and says to Melanie, "I don't think I can bear to be left alone" watch the picture behind the door to the right of Melanie. The shadow of the door on the picture changes from the right to left between shots.

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Continuity mistake: On top of the hill Melanie spills a drop of her drink on her green skirt. It's on her right leg six inches below the bottom of her jacket. The action doesn't stop, but three minutes later the stain is gone.

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Continuity mistake: As the birds gather on the monkey bars behind Melanie she looks to her right and straight up and sees one lone bird flying past a television antenna. This is incorrect because first of all she's looking up to high and second we've seen in that direction and there is no house there, just a hill. The house is across the street.

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Continuity mistake: Mrs. Bundy's handkerchief in the left pocket of her jacket changes from when we first see her walk into the restaurant. Then when the drunk at the bar starts reciting from the Bible, her handkerchief almost disappears and then reappears several shots later.

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