The Lovely Bones

Corrected entry: In one scene where Suzie is falling (after the house charm is removed), her bracelet falls slowly - but the house charm is still attached.

Correction: It's not the actual charm bracelet that is falling. The scene and the bracelet are seen from Susie's altered state of existence.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Suzie's dad is sitting with his face next to a candle, staring out the window into the dark of the night, his and the candles' reflections are shown in the glass. The movement of the fire on the candle is not the same as the movement of its reflection.

Correction: It's not supposed to be the same. It's an indication of Suzie's spirit trying to make contact with him. That's the whole point of the scene.


Corrected entry: When Abigail, Susie's mother, returns from her long absence, her hair is short. After this, there is a shot of her when the father leaves for work, and she has long hair. Then when she's making Suzie's bed, her hair is short again.

Correction: This is not a mistake and is meant to show that time has passed. Abigail was unable to enter Susie's bedroom for a very long time. It is only after she has sufficiently healed emotionally, that she can go into the room again. Her hair changes somewhat during the intervening years (from the time she returns home, to where she's sitting on the porch as Jack leaves for work, and finally, much later, when she's in Susie's bedroom). You'll also notice that the younger daughter, Lindsey, has since graduated from high school, has married, and is now pregnant. Approximately seven years have passed since Susie's murder.

raywest Premium member

Corrected entry: Harvey and the man at the sink hole had great difficulty rolling the safe. How did Harvey move it from the basement to his vehicle in seconds, since Suzie's sister had just escaped with the incriminating book? Why move the safe at all at that point? Why did Harvey not back his vehicle up to the sink hole?


Correction: Questions, not mistakes. All have been answered here and elsewhere. Try Google.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: George Harvey goes to the dump in order to get rid of the safe. It takes him and another man to get the safe off the truck and slowly roll it into the dump.Then how in the world did George Harvey get the thing out of his basement and into his truck without any help?


Correction: Already submitted and corrected.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: At the time of Susie's murder her mother's making dinner and the other kids are watching 'The Partridge Family' on TV. We are assuming this is around 6 PM. We already know the date is December 6, 1973. 'The Partridge Family' actually aired at 8:30 PM EST. It also aired on Fridays - December 6, 1973 was on a Thursday. And when it cut to an exterior shot of the murder scene it was still light out. It would certainly have been pitch black by 5 PM in early December.

Correction: It was dusk during the dinner preparation scene, and dark by the time they were sitting at the table. Suzie attended the film club screening after school, and she was abducted on the way home from school, so it was likely 430 to 5 PM. Sunset on Dec 6, 1973 was at about 4:54 PM, with full dark likely by 5:30. It wouldn't have been pitch black at 5:00. The Partridge Family could have been a rebroadcast by a local network affiliate, airing it at a different time than the main network feed. I remember coming home and watching The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch after school in the early 70's. The shows were aired back to back from 4 PM to 5 PM. They were all repeats, not the prime time broadcasts.


Corrected entry: On the cars in this movie there was inspection stickers on the windshield even though those weren't required until 1979 which doesn't follow the time line in this movie.

Correction: You're confusing "being required" with "being available". Which is to say, just because they weren't required yet does not mean they could not have been there.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Susie first enters her house after being killed, she leaves muddy footprints on the floor. When the shot changes to a front view from the kitchen, the footprints are gone. This scene doesn't change viewpoints from the Spirit World until after these shots are complete.


Correction: Imagery, backgrounds, and entire environments change in the "spirit world" within a single shot countless times throughout the movie. It can't possibly be claimed that ghosly footprints disappearing is a mistake in this case.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Suzie's sister is frantically leaving the house with the evidence she found in the murderer's house, she's sweaty and the ground is as green as could be. After her mother finally returns home, she shows the evidence to her grandmother. The next shot is of the murderer's house with snow covering the ground and police cars surrounding the house.

Correction: She's sweating from running during track practice, the anxiety of breaking into a man's house and finding proof he murdered her sister, and then the fear of trying and barely succeedig to escape; not becuase it's hot outside. Unless the snow is missing in a shot that takes place immediately after the shot mentioned (it's not) then there's no mistake.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When Susie's sister first enters the killer's basement from the window and goes upstairs, we can see her passing within a couple feet of her sister's concealed body in the safe; the director makes sure that we do. When she flees the house so does the killer with great haste knowing that he has been caught. The problem lies in the next scene when we see the killer dropping off the safe at the sink hole to dispose of the evidence; which takes 2 people and great effort to roll it to the edge. How did he manage to get it out of the basement and loaded into his truck in 10 minutes by himself?


Correction: Having watched these scenes very carefully, due to having read this entry previously, it is clear to me that there is not much indication at all of how much time has passed. Even so, tipping the safe on its side and tying a rope tied around it would make dragging it up the basement stairs and then up a ramp into the vehicle relatively quick work. There's no mistake here.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: Just after the beginning of the movie see Camellias are growing in front of the Salmon home and that they are not roses. Towards the end of the movie, Jack Salmon is smelling the camellia. Camellias have no fragrance. It is not a rose.

Correction: There are a number of species of camellia that have a notable fragrance.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: The buses' high technology is not proper from 70's.

Correction: Much too vague. What high technology?


Continuity mistake: At Susie's locker, when Ray first approaches her, she is startled and closes her locker door almost completely, but not quite. In the next shot, the door is completely shut without her having touched it.

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Susie Salmon: My name is Salmon, like the fish. First name, Susie. I was fourteen years old when I was murdered on December 6th,1973. I wasn't gone. I was alive in my own perfect world. But in my heart, I knew it wasn't perfect. My murderer still haunted me. My father had the pieces but he couldn't make them fit. I waited for justice but justice did not come.

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Trivia: When Susie is in the mall bookstore watching Ray, there is an advertisement on the window for "The Lord of the Rings." Director Peter Jackson is best known for directing the film adaptation of this book series.

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