The Birds

Continuity mistake: As Melanie and the cashier try to catch the bird they are close together in the close up but further apart in the next shot when we just see their hands in the air. (00:06:05)


Revealing mistake: When they show the perspective of being in Melanie's driver's seat looking out the windshield we don't see Melanie's legs as you would expect, but a mechanism that allows someone to steer from the passenger seat so the camera has an unobstructed view of the driver's seat. (00:11:05)


Audio problem: As Mitch hammers the mirrored cabinet to the front door they overdub a second hammer sound over the actual sound to make it more intense. If you listen closely they don't get them all right and they miss the very first swing. (01:43:50)


Continuity mistake: During the bird attack Melanie crushes the shade on the lamp in the corner. Several shots later it looks almost like new. (01:41:35)


Continuity mistake: As they all sit down to have dinner Lydia covers the lovebird's cage with a cloth. After the birds fly from the fireplace we see the birdcage again and you can tell by the edges that the cloth is in a different position even though no one went near it. (00:54:10)


Continuity mistake: The phone booth changes when Melanie is in it during the bird attack later in the movie. Here the green part on the bottom has three vent slits per row, later when the fire is behind it you can see four vent slits per row. (00:26:25 - 01:26:15)


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

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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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