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The Birds (1963) Poster

(1963)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Melanie enters Bodega bay school for first time, we can hear the child singing even when they turn around to see Melanie, and are clearly not moving their lips.
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When Malanie is driving up the coast road, a shot shows the lovebirds sitting in their cage on the floor. Audio clearly has a gear shift sound, but the shadow of the gear shift never moves, nor is a shadow hand shown.
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While Melanie is driving to Bodega Bay with the love birds, she is seen driving very fast and screeching around every corner, yet the road is gravel until she arrives within the town limits.
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Continuity 

When Melanie brings Lydia some tea, while Lydia is in her bed, Lydia's hair first looks disarranged. Then her hair is neatly arranged, the next shot it is disarranged again.
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After two birds break the glass on the phone booth, it appears that the glass isn't shattered when Melanie is grabbed out of it.
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While in the car when the crows attack the school, Melanie's left hand is by her head when she beeps the horn. In the next shot, her hand is on the steering wheel while beeping the horn, the next shot her hand is by her head again.
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In the phone booth, Melanie has her back on the phone. But in the next shot, she is by the phone not front.
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During the bird attack on the house, Melanie falls back, almost swooning and crushes a lamp-shade. But, during the rest of the movie, the lampshade remains in perfect condition.
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At the end of the movie when Mitch gets in Melanie's car to take it out from the garage, he closes the window of the car. After a minute when he gets of the car in front of the garage the window is open.
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When the gull attacks Melanie, at the 24th minute, we see Mitch jumping from the pontoon twice: once from Melanie's point of view, then a second time from the pontoon. And Mitch's attitude is clearly not the same in the two shots.
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Annie and Melanie open the door to Annie's house when a seagull hits it. As the door opens houses are clearly visible across the road, after they look up again from the dead bird the view is now the bay with no houses at all.
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When Melanie Daniels is sneaking up Mitch's dock to deliver the lovebirds, she looks over at the barn he's in, the sky has a complete gray cloud cover. Seconds later, she looks at the barn, not a cloud in the blue sky.
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At Cathy's birthday party, when Mitchell and Danielle climb the small hillock to chat, Mitchell is holding a bottle of colored liquid, probably whiskey. After the camera angle changes, when they approach the top, same bottle now has some clear liquid.
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When Melanie parks her car in the town, a cable or hose can be seen dangling underneath it. When she drives off and parks again at Annie's house, nothing is dangling.
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When Melanie is approaching Mitch's house in the boat, and even while she's walking down his dock after leaving the love birds, his car is parked pointing directly out of the garage. But after she paddles away and he walks from the barn to the house, and for the remainder of the scene, the car is parked at an angle to the garage.
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When the gas station attendant is hit by a gull, he falls face down, and his body is angled toward the camera. Mitch and some other men go to help him, and in the last shot of them together, he is face up and his body is angled to the left. There is quick cutting in this sequence, and not enough time between shots for the men to have moved the attendant.
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When Lydia sees Bob Forseths kitchen the cups are nicely hanging from a shelf - but obviously broken by the intruding birds. Unless somebody arranged this afterwards most off the cups would be shattered on the floor.
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Melanie is able to deliver the lovebirds by piloting a boat to the Brenner's dock. At Cathy's party the next day, we see from the top of the hill that the dock is not accessible by water (water level too low).
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After the seagull attacks Melanie on the boat, her hair appears disarranged. The next shot shows her hair neatly arranged again.
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When Melanie is calling her father from the restaurant, her left hand is holding the phone wire. In the next shot, her hand is still holding the phone wire but she has a much looser grip on it and her hand is closer to the phone.
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In town before going to Mitch's place, Melanie writes a note on her car and when she picks up the envelope she leaves a brown paper on the car - then it has disappeared
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When Melanie arrives for dinner with Mitch and his family, the driver's seat of her car is clearly set further back than the rest of the front seats. When she leaves, she gets into the car and we see the driver's seat is now perfectly aligned with the rest of the seats.
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While chatting, Annie leans against Melanie's car after they have just met. Melanie thanks Annie and speeds off. In the next shot and while Melanie has clearly left, Annie seems to just having left her prop and stands on her feet again. Also the car sound can be heard in a distance.
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When Melanie arrives at the Brenner's dock, it is high tide and she easily climbs out of her boat to their dock, which are nearly level to each other. The same is true when she returns to her boat after leaving the lovebirds. However, when Mitch comes out with his binoculars right after seeing Melanie's boat, the tide has gone out quite far. The waterline has dropped considerably and a small boat near the dock can be seen floating several feet below it. Melanie would not have been able to easily climb in and out of her outboard under these conditions. The tide, while going out dramatically in a shallow bay like this one, cannot possibly go down that quickly in real time. Obviously, a lot more time has gone by between Melanie's return to her outboard and Mitch's appearance with his binoculars, even though the action is supposed to take place only minutes apart.
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When Melanie pulls up to the Brenner's dock and leaves again after dropping off the lovebirds, there is no other boat visible at the dock. However, when Mitch comes out with his binoculars, a shot of the dock reveals a small boat tied to it. That boat was not there when Melanie arrived at the dock only minutes before.
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Crew or equipment visible 

After Melanie delivers the lovebirds to the Brenner home, the camera follows her as she walks back along the jetty to her boat, with the dolly track clearly visible.
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When Melanie was driving her car to deliver the lovebirds, there's a shot of the front of the car and the camera is reflected in the window.
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Twice in the movie, a kettle and serving carafe clearly show multiple bright studio lights reflected in them.
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When Melanie goes upstairs with the flashlight, there's a close shot of the brass doorknob as she arrives there. Two reflections of light sources are visible on the knob, when there should be only one from the flashlight.
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Miscellaneous 

There is an obvious synchronized backdrop used when Melanie is crossing the bay in the little motor boat to see Mitch; same thing on the return trip.
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We see Mitch's car in the film and he has obviously driven it to Bodega Bay, but at the end of the movie, only the family truck and Melanie's car are seen, and the family uses Melanie's little sports car to leave when Mitch's car would have been more comfortable. Where did Mitch's car go? It seems to have disappeared with no explanation.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Melanie gets out of the boat after the seagull attack she appears not to have her purse on the pan-and-scan version.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Melanie and Mitch are together on top of the bluff at the children's party, each person casts two sets of shadows.
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As Melanie is in the boat crossing the bay, the reflection of the overhead lights can be seen on the casing of the outboard motor.
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When Mitch is boarding up the house, he does not even use nails for the last one. All he does is set the board on top of the bottom one and tap it with the hammer.
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During the scene where the red haired girl falls, she breaks her glasses, however her face was too close to the ground for the glasses to shatter so badly. The cracks on both lenses are also thick white star burst patterns showing they had been already smashed by something like a hammer, and even if the glasses had genuinely smashed from landing on the ground, the damage would not be identical to both lenses seeing as how they landed at an angle, only one lens would have sustained the most damage and left one side still in tact. The glasses were broken before they were even dropped.
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When Melanie is climbing upstairs we see her shadow on the wall, even though the only light source is the flashlight she is using.
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When the children are running from the school while being attacked, the birds attacking them cast no shadows.
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Obvious fake canary under Mitch's hat in the pet shop.
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After Melanie is attacked upstairs, the "blood" on her face is obviously just painted on, with no evidence of actual scratches. It's especially noticeable when the "blood" is being wiped off in a closeup.
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