The Birds

The Birds (1963)

546 mistakes

Continuity mistake: When Mitch picks up the mirror his right hand grabs one of the umbrellas hanging on the right of the mirror. It in the next shot the umbrella has disappeared.

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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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Audio problem: As Melanie sits and smokes at the piano, Cathy says, "Of course they're mostly hoods" but her lips say something different.

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Revealing mistake: The cameraman loses focus on the uptight mom as she asks Melanie where she came from. In the next shot she is sharp as a tack.

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Other mistake: In the pet shop doorway Melanie is mouthing something other than Mitch's license number (WJH 003) before she writes it down.

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Continuity mistake: A guy in the blue and white car that comes crashing towards Melanie in the phone booth throws a bird out of his driver side window. In the next shot as he fends off several other birds the window is shut. Then when he crashes into the orange car, it's open again.

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Continuity mistake: Earlier when the birds come out of the fireplace Mitch puts his plate of food down on the table in front of him. Later when he turns the table over, the plate of food is not there.

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Continuity mistake: When Melanie plays the piano, Cathy's bangs are combed differently between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Mitch walk past her car on the way to Annie's, it moves forward between shots, closer to the corner of the school past the flag pole.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie shows Mitch the lovebirds her jacket opens and closes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Annie talk, you can see the purple pillow that she was just laying on as Melanie came in squished into the corner of the couch. Later that pillow has been fluffed up without her touching it.

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Continuity mistake: In the restaurant Melanie doesn't have to poke around at all as she opens her pocketbook and pulls out and the compact and tissue. They must have been the only things placed in her prop pocketbook so they would be ready to come out without any fuss.

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Continuity mistake: Melanie fiddles around in her pocketbook looking for the two cards, but in the next shot they're in her hand ready to come out.

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Audio problem: When Mitch says to Lydia in the kitchen, "Yeah, I suppose so. Her father's part owner of one of the big newspapers in San Francisco," his lips don't match up with what he's saying and his voice sounds entirely different from his previous sentence.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Annie smoke their cigarettes you can see the shadow of her tree on the door post but when we saw this spot before as Melanie walked up to the house it wasn't there.

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Continuity mistake: Before Melanie walks up the stairs to the bedroom there's a shadow of a plant on her jacket. This is wrong because in the shot before we can see up the stairs and there's no plant with any light behind it.

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Continuity mistake: The shadow cast by the cage gets shorter between shots as she puts the card for Cathy up against it.

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch checks the doors and windows look closely at the table to the left of the brown chair on the bottom left of the screen, it has on it an ash tray very close to a plate and a silver box. The shadow of the brown chair falls on the silver box but the next time we see this table, after Lydia straightens up, the brown chair has been moved away to make room for the camera and its shadow no longer falls on the box.

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Visible crew/equipment: As Melanie walks into the living room a moving shadow appears where it shouldn't be, to the left of the fireplace next to the clock.

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