The Birds

The Birds (1963)

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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. (01:41:05)

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch runs to get the hammer and nails for the front door notice the top leaf of the fern plant to his left. It gets rearranged in the next shot, as Melanie watches him, with one fern sticking out from the middle that wasn't there before. (01:43:45)

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Continuity mistake: The top of the bird cage that Melanie brings to Mitch's apartment has 24 rungs but when we see it again on the floorboard of Melanie's car it has only 12 rungs. (00:11:10)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie starts off across the Bay, we see two boats and a red building to the left of the matte drawing that weren't there when she approached the boat keeper. (00:20:45)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie runs into the phone booth from the restaurant the four poles that were around it when Mitch walks her to the restaurant after the gull attack have disappeared. (01:26:10)

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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. (01:43:30)

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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: 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: 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. (01:48:15)

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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. (00:35:55)

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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. (01:28:50)

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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. (01:26:30)

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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. (00:55:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Melanie plays the piano, Cathy's bangs are combed differently between shots. (00:36:10 - 00:36:45)

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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. (01:29:45)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie shows Mitch the lovebirds her jacket opens and closes between shots. (00:04:45)

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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. (00:41:25 - 00:43:00)

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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. (00:27:00)

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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. (00:22:25)

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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. (00:38:10)

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Melanie Daniels: They're coming! They're coming.

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Trivia: Tippi Hendren actually received a cut on her face by a bird in one of the shots.

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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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