The Birds

Continuity mistake: As Melanie, Mitch and Cathy get into her car to leave the school, Annie's red mailbox can be seen out on the road behind them. In the next shot of them inside the car driving away the post is there but the red mailbox is not on it. (01:33:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Melanie is being attacked by the birds she says, "Oh Mitch," and the cut below her right eye changes between shots. In the first shot it angles up and the second it's straight across. (01:48:45)

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Continuity mistake: After rescuing her Mitch picks Melanie up and carries her down the stairs. At first her right leg is sticking straight out and her left is bent but in the next shot both her legs are bent. (01:49:50)

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Continuity mistake: There's a bright reflection of a studio light on the wall to the right of the clock on the mantle that appears between shots. (01:04:25)

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Continuity mistake: After Melanie walks into Mitch's house and puts the cage down we see that there are no birds either on the perches or in the bottom of the cage. (00:22:15)

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Continuity mistake: Before Melanie gets up to talk to Mitch on the phone her necklace has been rearranged between shots so that it now hangs lower around her neck. (00:45:05)

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Continuity mistake: In the wide shot as Melanie brings the girl in the light blue dress to the house the front of the lawn chair facing the hill is angled to the right of the pole behind it. When Mitch carries the girl into the house, it's angled to the left of the pole. (00:53:00)

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Continuity mistake: As the children leave the school none of them go to the coat rack to get their coats. Later many are wearing their coats while running down the hill. (01:13:05)

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Continuity mistake: Behind Annie's record player are a set of records in a holder. If you look closely at the drapes directly to the right of the records they've been moved and have more pleats showing than when we first saw them at that the beginning of this scene. (00:46:55)

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Continuity mistake: Lydia puts her plate of food on the table in front of her as she gets up. She never touches it again, but later on in the bird attack the plate of food has been moved onto the couch near Melanie's plate in front of the red pillow. (00:54:50)

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch looks at the birds in the kitchen, the position of the perch changes between shots from in the middle of the cage to right of the door in the close-up. (01:38:00)

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Continuity mistake: There are two different perspectives when Mitch puts the peroxide on Melanie's cut. The first is the close-up of her face and there's no blood on the piece of cotton. The second is the close-up of him and in these shots there's plenty of blood on the cotton, and they keep switching between the shots. (00:27:35)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie talks to Mitch the stack of magazines on the desk are straightened up and moved to the right between shots. When we first see them as Annie sits behind the desk smoking her cigarette they're not stacked evenly. (00:45:45)

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Continuity mistake: After Annie lights Melanie's cigarette her left hand moves from the lighter to her cigarette between shots. (00:17:00)

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Continuity mistake: After Mitch pours out their drinks on the top of the hill he holds the cap on top of the bottle down with his index finger. In the next shot he's holding the bottle further down and his index finger is around the neck on the side of the bottle. (00:48:45)

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Continuity mistake: As she's attacked in the bedroom the first scratch on Melanie's left forearm moves further up two shots later when see it again. (01:48:05)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie leaves with the tea to go check on Cathy at the school the left side of Lydia's nightgown changes between shots and is no longer protruding from her sweater. (01:07:55)

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Continuity mistake: No one went near it, but the chair at the left of the dinner table has been pushed in right up against the table between shots. (00:54:10)

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Continuity mistake: As the birds fly out of the fireplace the silver ashtray on the table to the right of Mitch moves closer to him. (00:54:35)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie approaches Doodles Weaver to get her boat there are no lobster traps where he is standing. Two shots later she climbs down the ladder and there are two traps to the right of the ladder. (00:20:00)

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Continuity mistake: As everyone runs out of the restaurant, the bushes on the left of the building that were there before are gone. (01:26:10)

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Mitch Brenner: Aren't those lovebirds?
Melanie Daniels: No, those are, uh, red birds.
Mitch Brenner: Oh, I thought they were strawberry finches.
Melanie Daniels: Oh, yes. We call them that, too.

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Trivia: There is no then-usual "THE END" title card as Alfred Hitchcock wanted to imply that the terror would continue without end.

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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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