The Birds

The Birds (1963)

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Revealing mistake: A fake bird, unable to fly straight, swoops down as Mitch saves Melanie from the phone booth. (01:27:45)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie watches Mitch from out on the boat, someone opened the shades on the left lower window of the house. In the next shot as Mitch watches her with the binoculars the shades are closed again. (00:24:10)

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Continuity mistake: When the store manager shows Melanie Mitch's house, the cloud cover is different from what we just saw behind her car as she drove up to the store. (00:13:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Melanie first reaches into her pocketbook for the card she's about a foot away from the cage. In the next shot as she puts the card against the cage her pocketbook is practically touching the seat. (00:22:25)

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Continuity mistake: After dinner with Mitch, Melanie walks into Annie's apartment and between shots the shadow of Annie's head appears out of nowhere against the wall. (00:41:05)

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Continuity mistake: Before Melanie sits down at the table the position of the metal milk container changes from the left to the right side of the table between shots. (00:26:45)

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Deliberate mistake: The fake dried blood on Melanie's forehead comes off too quickly and totally with the dry Kleenex that she uses. (00:27:10)

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the bird attack Melanie gets Lydia and Cathy out through the side door. If you look to the left of the screen the wall behind and around the lamp where the painting hangs is dark. In the last shot of the birds flying around the painting is lit. (00:56:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie walks up to Annie's, the porch casts it's shadow on the front door. In the next shot the door is lit up by sunlight. (00:16:20)

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Continuity mistake: The lighting has changed as Melanie turns around to talk to Mitch's neighbor. When she first turns around her shadow is not on the wall and in the next shot it is. (00:10:25)

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Continuity mistake: When we first see Melanie driving up to Bodega Bay there's no windshield in her car. (00:11:00)

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Continuity mistake: As Annie goes across the room to get an ashtray, you can see that the next room is pitch black. In a previous shot when she went to get the brandy it was lit up and she never touched a light switch. (00:44:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Annie gets up and says, " I think I'll have some of that" her cigarette is half gone with a long ash on it. In the next shot as she fiddles with the brandy bottle her cigarette is brand new. (00:42:50)

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Visible crew/equipment: A large equipment shadow can be seen on Melanie and Mitch as they stop to look at the people in the restaurant hiding in the corner. (01:28:05)

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Visible crew/equipment: As Melanie parks in front of the general store stage lighting and the reflection of a crew member can be seen in her car door as she opens it. (00:12:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: As Melanie sits down on Annie's couch you can see the shadow of the boom mike move across the books in the bookcase to her left. (00:41:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: As the birds fly around the house there's a close-up of Melanie holding Cathy with Lydia in the background. If you look closely near the picture on the left wall you can see the shadow of the wires holding up some of the birds. (00:55:30)

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Continuity mistake: There are two red books on the living room table next to Mitch's napkin. No one goes near them but later in this scene when everyone has left and the birds are flying around Mitch's dinner plate is there but the red books are not. (00:54:45 - 00:56:10)

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Continuity mistake: As Lydia calls Fred Brinkmeyer about the chickens, notice the lamp and candle to the left of the phone. When Mitch uses this lamp later to tie the shutter closed it and the candlestick holder next to it are moved 90 degrees so that they are facing against the wall. (00:33:40)

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Continuity mistake: As she cleans up after dinner Lydia says, "Then you knew Mitch in San Francisco". The drapes right over her head are pushed back more between the two shots. (00:35:45)

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Mother in Diner: Why are they doing this? Why are they doing this? They said when you got here, the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you're the cause of all this. I think you're evil. Evil!

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Trivia: When we see the school children running away from the birds, they were actually running on a treadmill with Bodega Bay footage added in the background.

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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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