History Film / TheBirds

18th Nov '16 2:50:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* UnbuiltTrope: It's truly amazing how similar some moments in this movie are to a [[ZombieApocalypse zombie horror film.]] With the masses of weak but overwhelming killers, the shock at the outlandish idea that such creatures could ever attack, barricading houses and hysterical survivors, you could easily see this as Hitchcock putting his own stamp on the convetions...but zombie movies wouldn't come about [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 for another five years.]]

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* UnbuiltTrope: It's truly amazing how similar some moments in this movie are to a [[ZombieApocalypse zombie horror film.]] With the masses of weak but overwhelming killers, the shock at the outlandish idea that such creatures could ever attack, barricading houses and hysterical survivors, you could easily see this as Hitchcock putting his own stamp on the convetions...conventions... but zombie movies wouldn't come about [[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 for another five years.]]


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30th Oct '16 3:16:19 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: A mother dining in the cafe with her two children overhears Melanie explain about what happened at the school and tries to hitch a ride with another diner patron. Unfortunately for her, the birds attack again and her would be driver picks a really bad time to light a cigar.
30th Oct '16 3:07:13 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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* AdultFear: The whole scene with the birds attacking the school. An InUniverse trope, as one woman overhears Melanie explaining about what happened to the school while eating with her children and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere immediately tries to hitch a ride with another diner patron out of town]].
28th Sep '16 1:21:40 PM AnotherGuy
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* AuthorAppeal: Bird motif (this more explicit than other films) and an icy blonde lead actress.
12th Sep '16 7:37:46 AM benda
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** The book explains that [[spoiler:the attack patterns are somehow connected to the tides, meaning that there are guaranteed breaks when one can go outside to get food and rebuild defenses. The birds of prey do join in, but the narrator makes plans to attach barbed wire to the windows and chimney to keep them from getting in.]] Strangely, despite the overall situation seeming to be even more grave in the book than in the adaptation ([[spoiler:Nat and his family are possibly the only survivors '''in whole Europe''', if not the whole planet]]) and basically the same type of NoEnding, the book ending manages to look more optimistic than the movie one.

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** The book explains that [[spoiler:the attack patterns are somehow connected to the tides, meaning that there are guaranteed breaks when one can go outside to get food and rebuild defenses. The birds of prey do join in, but the narrator makes plans to attach barbed wire to the windows and chimney to keep them from getting in.]] Strangely, despite the overall situation seeming to be even much more grave in the book than in the adaptation ([[spoiler:Nat and his family are possibly the only survivors '''in whole Europe''', if not the whole planet]]) planet, and the military intervention suggested in the movie is shown to fail miserably in the book]]) and basically the same type of NoEnding, the book ending novella still manages to look give a more optimistic taste than the movie one.does.
12th Sep '16 5:50:39 AM benda
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** The book explains that [[spoiler:the attack patterns are somehow connected to the tides, meaning that there are guaranteed breaks when one can go outside to get food and rebuild defenses. The birds of prey do join in, but the narrator makes plans to attach barbed wire to the windows and chimney to keep them from getting in.]] Strangely, despite the overall situation seeming to be even more grave in the book than in the adaptation ([[spoiler:Nat and his family are implied to be the only survivors '''in whole Europe''', if not the whole planet]]) and basically the same type of NoEnding, the book ending manages to look more optimistic than the movie one.

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** The book explains that [[spoiler:the attack patterns are somehow connected to the tides, meaning that there are guaranteed breaks when one can go outside to get food and rebuild defenses. The birds of prey do join in, but the narrator makes plans to attach barbed wire to the windows and chimney to keep them from getting in.]] Strangely, despite the overall situation seeming to be even more grave in the book than in the adaptation ([[spoiler:Nat and his family are implied to be possibly the only survivors '''in whole Europe''', if not the whole planet]]) and basically the same type of NoEnding, the book ending manages to look more optimistic than the movie one.
12th Sep '16 5:48:00 AM benda
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** The book explains that [[spoiler:the attack patterns are somehow connected to the tides, meaning that there are guaranteed breaks when one can go outside to get food and rebuild defenses. The birds of prey do join in, but the narrator makes plans to attach barbed wire to the windows and chimney to keep them from getting in.]]

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** The book explains that [[spoiler:the attack patterns are somehow connected to the tides, meaning that there are guaranteed breaks when one can go outside to get food and rebuild defenses. The birds of prey do join in, but the narrator makes plans to attach barbed wire to the windows and chimney to keep them from getting in.]]]] Strangely, despite the overall situation seeming to be even more grave in the book than in the adaptation ([[spoiler:Nat and his family are implied to be the only survivors '''in whole Europe''', if not the whole planet]]) and basically the same type of NoEnding, the book ending manages to look more optimistic than the movie one.
9th Sep '16 4:31:48 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* DisproportionateRetribution: One of Mitch's clients shot his wife in the head ''six times''. ''For changing the channel when he was watching a ball game''.
7th Sep '16 11:11:37 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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20th Jun '16 12:50:15 PM fearlessnikki
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* BittersweetEnding: See NoEnding below for the details. However, Lydia and Melanie share a tender moment in one of the last shots, implying that the old woman has come to care for her - and that the trauma may have actually bonded them.
* BreakTheHaughty: Mrs Bundy the ornithologist is a pompous AgentScully who refuses to believe that the birds are attacking. The last we see of her is after the chaos in the town - and she's visibly stunned into silence.
* BrokenBird: Pun aside [[spoiler: Melanie is reduced to a catatonic wreck after getting attacked by birds in the attic]]. It was a similar [[CreatorBreakdown situation for her actress]] in real life too.



* CreatorCameo: Hitchcock appears at the beginning, walking his dogs.

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* CreatorCameo: Hitchcock appears at CerebusCallBack: As everyone plans to flee the beginning, walking his dogs.house, Cathy begs to bring the love birds Melanie got her as a present - reminding everyone of the reason Melanie ended up in Bodega Bay in the first place.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: There's plenty of actual foreshadowing in the first half of the movie - Melanie taking time to notice a swarm of seagulls in San Francisco, and attention to lots of birds sitting on telephone poles.



* HalfwayPlotSwitch: It starts off feeling like a romance film, and takes its time getting to the real point.

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: It starts off feeling like a romance film, romantic comedy, and takes its time getting to the real point.



* HeroicBSOD: Melanie enters a catatonic state after the final attack in the attic.
* HotTeacher: Annie
* InNameOnly: Well, ''technically'' it's based on the du Maurier short story...
** The screenwriter actually had read the short story, but Hitchcock specifically told him not to bother with it, as all he wanted to use was the title and the core premise of birds attacking people. [[DisownedAdaptation Needless to say, the author Daphne Du Maurier was not pleased with this.]]
* InfantImmortality: Subverted, a group of children were the victims of one of the first mass attacks of the birds.

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* HeroicBSOD: Melanie enters a catatonic state after [[spoiler: the final attack in the attic.
attic]].
* HotTeacher: Annie
Annie, who was once a lover of Mitch's.
* InNameOnly: Well, ''technically'' it's based on the du Maurier short story...
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story. The screenwriter actually had read the short story, but Hitchcock specifically told him not to bother with it, as all he wanted to use was the title and the core premise of birds attacking people. [[DisownedAdaptation Needless to say, the author Daphne Du Maurier was not pleased with this.]]
* InfantImmortality: Subverted, Played with. The birds attack a group of children were twice in the victims film, but all of them survive. There's mention of one of the first mass attacks of the birds.needing to be taken to hospital, but ending up fine.



* MissingMom: Melanie's mother has been gone for years. She's implied to be a DaddysGirl as a result.



* NoEnding: [[spoiler:The birds enter their resting phase and allow the characters to leave the besieged house. You never find why they started, or if they'll start attacking again.]]

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* NoEnding: NoEnding:
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[[spoiler:The birds enter their resting phase and allow the characters to leave the besieged house. You never find why they started, or if they'll start attacking again.]]



* StupidScientist: At one point the main characters meet an ornithologist, who denies that the birds of various species are going out of their way to attack humans. She is seen with the other diner patrons after the first truly large-scale attack. She doesn't say anything, instead simply huddling against a wall and glancing over her shoulder. It's pretty obvious that she's realized how wrong she was.
* TooDumbToLive: Why does Melanie enter a room filled with angry birds? Because Hitchcock says so. His specific response when Tippi Hedren questioned her motivation was, "Your salary."

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* StupidScientist: At one point the main characters meet Mrs Bundy, an ornithologist, who denies that the birds of various species are going out of their way to attack humans. She is seen with the other diner patrons after the first truly large-scale attack. She doesn't say anything, instead simply huddling against a wall and glancing over her shoulder. It's pretty obvious that she's realized how wrong she was.
* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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Why does Melanie enter a room filled with angry birds? Because Hitchcock says so. His specific response when Tippi Hedren questioned her motivation was, "Your salary."" Earlier in the film, when the town is being attacked, she inexplicably wanders out of the safety of the cafe and gets trapped in a phone booth.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Melanie gets a pet for her aunt that she is implied to pick up before she buys Cathy the love birds. She says later that she was going to teach it to talk before giving it to her aunt, implying it's back in her apartment in San Francisco. She had only planned to stay in Bodega Bay a couple of hours, which means the pet went the whole weekend without food (unless Melanie phoned a friend to look in on it). FridgeHorror if that one went ballistic like the other birds too.


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* WouldHurtAChild: The first two mass birds attack happen to groups of children.
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