The Birds

Continuity mistake: The last piece of wood that Melanie hands to Mitch is not the same one that he grabs. The end is split and doesn't have a prominent knot in it but when Mitch grabs it there's no split and it has a large knot in it. (01:34:20)

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Continuity mistake: The lamp directly behind Melanie as she sits down is turned off. In the next shot when Annie brings in the brandy it's turned on. (00:41:25)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie runs inside the phone booth a black device has appeared above the telephone. In a previous shot as Mitch runs to help the gas station attendant we see inside the phone booth and that device is not there. (01:26:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Mitch puts the mirror up against the front door the light fixture above his head goes from being perfectly still to swaying wildly between shots and he didn't touch it. (01:43:35)

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch lifts Annie's body to take her inside the house two black rags or shreds of her clothing appear on the porch that weren't there in a previous shot. (01:31:45)

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Continuity mistake: At the gas station fire the two fireman that lose their grip on the hose disappear between shots. (01:27:00)

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Continuity mistake: As the birds start flying around the room Lydia gets up and the green pillow behind her is on the left and the red pillow is on the right. When Mitch overturns the table the red is on the left and the green on the right. (00:54:50)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Annie talk about Lydia, Melanie never stops holding her drink with both hands but her necklace gets higher on her neck between shots. (00:43:55)

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Continuity mistake: After Mitch ties the shutter closed both sides of the window look identical with each shudder being seen through the window, but as he walks back into the living room just before the lights go out the left shutter is the same and the right shutter is black. (01:44:05)

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Continuity mistake: As Lydia looks through the window of Mr. Faucet's kitchen there is a distinct pattern on the wall to her left. As she comes through the door the pattern on the wall is different and she's in a different room. (00:59:35)

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Continuity mistake: The interior of Lydia's truck (especially the roof) changes when they show the close-up of her driving. (01:00:55)

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Continuity mistake: In the very last close-up of Mr. Faucet's face the right side of his collar has been changed from the previous shot. It's now tucked under his shirt. (01:00:30)

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Continuity mistake: As Lydia walks up to Mr. Faucet's door she takes off her right glove and puts it in her left hand. Her right hand is empty and she uses it to open the door but when she comes through the other side of the door, the glove is in her hand again. (00:59:25)

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Continuity mistake: You can tell by the shadows on the wall that the headboard of Lydia's bed is pushed up further against the wall in the overhead shot. (01:04:00)

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Continuity mistake: As they talk in her bedroom and Lydia says, "Do I sound very foolish to you?", the pillows behind her are propped up differently between shots. (01:03:15)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie runs to Annie, the pile of papers on the left of her desk changes between shots and a blue booklet appears on top. (01:12:00)

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Continuity mistake: In the close-up shots of the party scene the grass is much greener than in the wide shots, where some brown is mixed in. (00:52:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Melanie runs back into the classroom Annie's hands are by her sides. In the next shot they're up higher. (01:12:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and the two girls get into the cream colored station wagon parked on the side of the road the upholstery on the driver's side door changes drastically between shots. (01:15:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Mitch is closing the shutter after the birds have started to fly into the window you can visibly see blood on the shutter, yet when they switch cameras and he shuts the shutter the blood is gone. (01:42:05)

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: 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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