The Thorn Birds

Continuity mistake: When Mary Carson is touching Father Ralph when he is shirtless her hands keep changing position between shots.

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Audio problem: When Meggie and Stu see the fire he cries "Oh my God". His mouth, however, is open when he begins to speak, then closes it, and it remains closed throughout the rest of the line.

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Factual error: During the huge thunderstorm which causes the fire you can see that it's actually a bright, sunny day with only a mild overcast. Several times you can see the sky in the shots and though sometimes lightning bolts are visible there are only a few light clouds on an otherwise blue sky.

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Audio problem: When Meggie cries "It's starting to rain" over and over, as she hugs Stu tightly her lips are not moving, even though she is still speaking.

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Revealing mistake: When Mary Carson dies and Father Ralph de Bricassart closes her eyes, her abdomen moves up and down as the actress is breathing.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Luke enters the shearing barn after the rest of the crew has gone, the camera rigging is briefly visible at the lower right of the screen.

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Jean G

Factual error: Dane's funeral is held at Christmastime, but people are wearing winter coats. (December is summer in Australia.).

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Factual error: When Stu finds Paddy he has burned to death. Yet his clothes are still intact and not very scorched at all.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the rain storm, when Frank comes in from outside, the camera equipment and crew are reflected in the window.

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Jean G

Revealing mistake: When the youngest baby (Hal) dies and Father Ralph de Bricassart holds him, he is moving (and cannot be dead therefore). When they show the dead baby moments later, it doesn't look like a real baby anymore.

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