The Birds

The Birds (1963)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie approaches the pet shop cashier she passes two cages on her right with birds in them. The cage with the two yellow birds that she shows to Mitch is not one of them nor is it behind the second cage where it appears later.

00:02:30 - 00:06:00


Continuity mistake: The book on the table to the left of Melanie's brandy glass has been made to look as though someone has been reading it. When we first see it the cover is closed now the cover looks as though it's been thumbed through even though no one touched it.



Continuity mistake: When Annie decides to have some brandy also they cut back to Melanie and the lamp that was behind her disappears. We don't see it again until the end of the scene where it's been moved again.

00:42:55 - 00:45:30


Continuity mistake: The girl in the red sweater's facial cuts get much worse when we see her in the station wagon.



Continuity mistake: At the school Melanie and Mitch pass the front of her car twice on their way to Annie's house. First they stop right at the front of the car as they spot the birds on the monkey bars, then three shots later they walk past it again.



Continuity mistake: After the final attack they're all in the living room in the dark. As the camera pans from Melanie to Mitch the wick of the kerosene lamp faces it. In the next shot of Mitch alone the lamp has been rotated so that the wick still faces the camera.



Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Mitch go back into the house after Lydia calls him he grabs for the doorknob and we immediately here the sound of it turning as he walks through the other side of the door in the next shot. The problem is that they left out the screen door he would have had to open first before he could have entered the house.



Continuity mistake: As Melanie walks over to the cashier in the pet shop the bird in the cage on the right with the greenish beak faces the other way between shots.



Continuity mistake: As Annie leans up against the middle of the red mailbox she knocks the flag down. When we see her again her right arm is pushed up against the front of the mailbox and some amount of time, longer than the three seconds implied, has gone by as the shadow of the mailbox's handle moves between shots.



Continuity mistake: So it can be seen better as Melanie looks out the window the stuff inside Mitch's barn is lit differently and moved between shots.

00:22:05 - 00:22:40


Visible crew/equipment: As they head for the restaurant, a crew member's reflection can be seen on the far left of the screen moving in the lower green section of the phone booth just as Mitch's shadow passes the phone booth.



Continuity mistake: The pink flowers behind Deke get rearranged between shots and no one touched them. The second time we see them, one flower in the center sticks out higher than the rest.

01:18:40 - 01:19:20


Revealing mistake: There are two people next to a red and white pick-up truck in the upper right of the screen who are waiting for their cue to enter the scene after the car explodes.



Continuity mistake: As Mrs. Bundy tells everybody how many birds there are in the world a lock of hair falls out from under fishermen Sebastian Sholes' hat between shots, disappears and falls out again as the scene progresses.

01:21:00 - 01:24:00


Continuity mistake: As Melanie walks through Mitch's front door she's looking down at the door knob. In the next shot as she walks through she's looking forward.



Continuity mistake: After Mitch suggests that they get help up at the restaurant, the shadow of Melanie's hand on her forehead changes between shots.



Audio problem: In the restaurant when Mitch says, "We can get Cathy at Annie's now" his lips are out of sync with what he is saying.



Continuity mistake: In a close-up of her driving to Bodega Bay Melanie turns the steering wheel to the left and we hear the screeching of her wheels, but the background indicates she's still going straight.



Continuity mistake: As Mitch checks the doors and windows Melanie sits with Cathy on the couch. Notice the fruit bowl under the lamp. At the beginning of the attack the red apple jumps to the front of the bowl from the back without anyone being near it.



Visible crew/equipment: Out on the water you can see a lot of stage lights reflected in the engine of Melanie's boat.



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