The Birds

The Birds (1963)

546 mistakes

Continuity mistake: When the first bird perches on the monkey bars behind Melanie the sun is behind her as you can see by the long shadow she casts as she walks to the chair. In the close-up she casts a shadow in the opposite direction on the fence.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie picks up the phone to talk to Mitch the shadow of the cord falls on different areas of her jacket between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Mitch bandages his hand he looks at the front door. As the birds peck at it look closely at that top right quarter as a hole appears between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch pulls the window shutters shut and looks at the power cord of the lamp as a possible way to tie it shut there's a candle in a holder to the left of the lamp. In the next shot when he reaches over for the lamp the candle is gone and the next time we see the top of the desk it's not there, or on the floor knocked over.

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Continuity mistake: The wood on the ladder changes between shots. First it's unstained, then it stained green and then it's unstained as she gets to the bottom.

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Continuity mistake: Mitch puts the table up against the opening of the fireplace twice. The first time the bottom of the table is pushed up closer to the fireplace than the second.

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Continuity mistake: The wire attached to the roof of the Bodega Bay School that the birds sit on as Mitch and Melanie watch was not there earlier in the movie. We see this left corner of the building up close twice earlier in the movie. The first is when Melanie drives up to Annie's and the second even better shot is when Annie stands by her mailbox as Melanie leaves.

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Continuity mistake: When Mrs. Brenner escapes the neighbor's farm after finding him dead with eyes pecked out, she is driving so fast that there is a half mile long dust storm trailing behind her pickup truck. She slides almost sideways to a stop in her yard. In the next shot she is seen bolting from the truck... with not a speck of dust stirring anywhere to be seen.

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Continuity mistake: Annie's position in the doorway changes between shots but Melanie's eyes stay fixed on one spot as she's speaking to her.

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Continuity mistake: The top magazine piled on the table to the left of Lydia is seen protruding out over the edge in front of the others. It's moved back after the birds fly out of the fireplace.

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Continuity mistake: In the final bird attack on the house Mitch runs to Lydia and Cathy huddled in the corner by the bookcase. The lighting has been moved and the shadow on the red books in the bookcase disappears in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: As the store manager takes Melanie outside to look at Mitch's house, the dog license sign on the window of the door is reversed from when Melanie walked up.

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch runs to get the hammer and nails the shadow underneath the table next to the far wall changes between shots. First it's too dark to see under the table, than as Melanie watches him you can see the shadow of the table's leg against the wall.

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Revealing mistake: In virtually all the outdoor attack scenes (but most noticeably in the phone booth sequence), the rotoscope seagulls and crows are proportioned about 150% to 200% of their natural size, about the size of turkeys.

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Charles Austin Miller

Revealing mistake: When hundreds of sparrows pour out of the fireplace, filling the house, they do not cast shadows on the furniture, walls or people.

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Continuity mistake: The store manager has a pencil in his chest pocket when he finishes speaking to Melanie outside the store. Even though he never touches it it's shorter as he talks on the phone to the boat keeper.

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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.

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Continuity mistake: The fourth shot of Melanie's legs in the room with the birds shows ripped stockings around her ankles looking like cob webs. The next time we see her feet, the stockings are intact.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Mitch look at Annie's body more time elapses then we are led to believe. There's a car parked on the road directly behind them and there are no cuts in the time line of the movie, but ten seconds later we see that spot again and the car is gone.

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch throws logs onto the fire we see the couch behind him and no one is there. In the next shot Melanie appears sitting on the pillows on the edge of the couch.

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