The Birds

The Birds (1963)

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Deliberate mistake: When Melanie first walks into the classroom she sees five rows of students. Later when the students are about to leave there are only four rows of students, now ending with the boy in the plaid shirt (closest to the camera), in the front. The row on the left has been removed so the camera can pan from left to right in the side shot. (01:08:50 - 01:13:00)

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Continuity mistake: After Mitch rescues Melanie from the phone booth he places her to the left of the front door of the restaurant as he reaches to open it. In the next shot their positions change and she is in front of the door going into restaurant. (01:27:45)

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Audio problem: As the birds sit on the monkey bars outside the school we hear the sound of many birds flapping their wings for several seconds before any take off. (01:13:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Cathy brings a pot of coffee into the dining room, you can see several bright studio lights reflected in it throughout this scene, and you can also briefly see the reflection of someone's arm moving about on it. (00:51:55)

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Continuity mistake: As they start off going up to the restaurant for help two large brown crates appear out of nowhere on the dock behind them to the left of the screen. (00:26:15)

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Continuity mistake: In her room as Melanie walks past the mirror the first time there is nothing on the upper wooden ledge in front of the glass. As she walks back from the window there's plenty of stuff there. (00:58:20)

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Continuity mistake: After the birds break the window, Mitch tries to close the shutter and they peck at his left hand bloodying it up. In the next shot as he finally gets the shutter closed there's no blood on his hands. After this he ties the window shut with the cord from the lamp and the blood on his hands is back again. (01:42:05)

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Continuity mistake: The children pass the cream-colored station wagon parked across from the white picket fence as they run down the hill. But you can tell by looking at the rear fins that it's a different car than the one Melanie brings the two children into several shots later. (01:14:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Lydia walks through Mr. Faucet's door her pocketbook is brown. We get several other good looks at it as she walks into the house and down the hall and it's now black. (00:59:35)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Melanie asks Annie if she can use her phone the reflection of a crew member behind her can be seen moving in the window of the house across the street. (00:31:55)

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Revealing mistake: As Mitch is about to pick up Annie's dead body, you can see her left foot move slightly. (01:31:45)

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Other mistake: Annie is the only teacher in the town, and there is only one classroom with students, all who are around the ages of 10-12 years old, even though the schoolhouse she teaches at is a two-story, mid-sized building with multiple rooms. There are no administrators, staff, custodians, or other teachers and no students in lower and upper grades at all. Even when Annie and Melanie are evacuating the children during the crow attack, there is only the two women and Annie's students. There is no-one else.

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Continuity mistake: Mitch walks out of Annie's house and his shirt gets dirtier between shots. It's cleaner by the time they get inside Melanie's car. (01:32:30)

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Continuity mistake: Mitch runs up and opens Annie's door in order to get Cathy from the house. The door is not wide open when they walk away. When Mitch walks back and puts his coat over Annie's body even though no one went near it, the door has been opened as far as possible and is now flush with the wall behind it on the right. (01:31:30)

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Continuity mistake: After Mitch closes the shutters, the chair from the desk pushed further away to the left of where Lydia and Cathy are sitting and they haven't moved it or moved from where they were sitting. (01:44:05)

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Continuity mistake: The front of and a lock of hair below Annie's right ear is combed differently between shots as she smokes a cigarette with Melanie and tells her that Mitch's sister's name is Cathy. (00:17:00)

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Continuity mistake: Melanie's car was dirty from the long drive up the coast as she parked in front of the general store. She drove directly to Annie's house past the Bodega Bay School and all the dirt has now disappeared. (00:16:05)

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Continuity mistake: As they all walk up the steps to have dinner Lydia's sweater is rearranged. The button on the right side of it disappears under her collar between shots. (00:33:20)

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Continuity mistake: In his bedroom when Lydia sees Mr. Faucet's body with his eyes pecked out. Watch very closely and you can see his left foot move. (01:00:30)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie, Mitch and Cathy walk to her car, after finding Annie dead, watch the rungs of the steering wheel. As they get into the car it's been turned to the left between shots and Mitch hasn't touched it. (01:33:05)

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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: What is said on the radio in the car at the end of the film?

Answer: "The bird attacks have subsided for the time being. Bodega Bay seems to be the centre, though there are reports of minor attacks on Sebastopol and a few on Santa Rosa. Bodega Bay has been cordoned off by roadblocks. Most of the townspeople have managed to get out, but there are still some isolated pockets of people. No decision has been arrived at yet as to what the next step will be, but there's been some discussion as to whether the military should go in. It appears that the bird attacks come in waves, with long intervals between. The reason for this does not seem clear as yet."

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