History Film / TheBirds

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.
18th May '16 6:57:59 PM CJCroen1393
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* BigBad: The birds themselves. Interestingly, they don't quite cause the conflict so much as they ''are'' the conflict itself; their attacks kickstart and drive the plot, and they are as much characters as they are a full-scale living doomsday scenario.

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* BigBad: The birds themselves. Interestingly, they don't quite cause the conflict so much as they ''are'' the conflict itself; their attacks kickstart and drive the plot, and they are not as much characters as they are a full-scale living doomsday scenario.
18th May '16 6:56:20 PM CJCroen1393
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* BigBad: The birds.

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* BigBad: The birds.birds themselves. Interestingly, they don't quite cause the conflict so much as they ''are'' the conflict itself; their attacks kickstart and drive the plot, and they are as much characters as they are a full-scale living doomsday scenario.
1st May '16 3:54:57 PM Eddy1215
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* TheBadGuyWins: The infamous ending, which indicates that the birds have succeeded in taking over the town, [[spoiler:and quite possibly the entire country]].
11th Jan '16 8:54:03 AM Prfnoff
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'''''The Birds''''' is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, [[AdaptationExpansion based on the short story of the same name]] by Daphne du Maurier. The film's innovative special effects, soundtrack, and apocalyptic theme influenced later "revenge of nature" disaster films.

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'''''The Birds''''' ''The Birds'' is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Creator/AlfredHitchcock, [[AdaptationExpansion based on the short story of the same name]] by Daphne du Maurier. The film's innovative special effects, soundtrack, and apocalyptic theme influenced later "revenge of nature" disaster films.
27th Nov '15 12:48:42 PM Geoduck
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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEventMeaningfulBackgroundEvent: The birds silently gathering on the playground equipment behind Melanie.
12th Nov '15 9:23:49 AM Sharlee
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** None of the characters takes even basic precautions against getting pecked bloody, such as wearing gloves or wrapping their arms with cloth.
2nd Nov '15 2:46:40 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/{{Birdemic}}''.
23rd Oct '15 1:55:59 PM Josef5678
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* SpiritualSuccessor / {{Homage}}: ''{{Birdemic}}''.

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* SpiritualSuccessor / {{Homage}}: ''{{Birdemic}}''.SpiritualSuccessor: ''Film/{{Birdemic}}''.
28th May '15 1:22:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* SanFrancisco: The opening scenes take place here, before the action moves up the coast to Bodega Bay.
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