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*** Interesting point, except this film reinforces the concept in film that women in crisis's are just about useless. While Mitch is busy keeping the birds out of the house, Melanie spends her time rolling around the walls being dramatic. Mitch even sits the women down on chairs, something they clearly hadn't thought to do themselves. Note how many times the women ask Mitch "What should we do/what is going on?" For something so "feminist", the film goes out of its way to show how much of a burden the three female characters were to the male lead.
--> '''Mitch''': "Do you think you can bandage her (Melanie)"
--> '''Lydia''': "I ... think so?"

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--> '''Mitch''': "Do you think you can bandage her (Melanie)"
--> '''Lydia''': "I ... think so?"

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*** Interesting point, except this film reinforces the concept in film that women in crisis's are just about useless. While Mitch is busy keeping the birds out of the house, Melanie spends her time rolling around the walls being dramatic. Mitch even sits the women down on chairs, something they clearly hadn't thought to do themselves. Note how many times the women ask Mitch "What should we do/what is going on?" For something so "feminist", the film goes out of its way to show how much of a burden the three female characters were to the male lead.


** Trees the size of the "Cleonymus tree" [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoia_sempervirens do exist]]. No word on whether Native Americans of late first millennium BC hung shields on a moribund specimen, though.

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** Trees the size of the "Cleonymus tree" [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoia_sempervirens do exist]]. No word on whether Native Americans of the late first millennium BC hung shields on a moribund specimen, though.though.
** Aristophanes had no way of knowing this, but he was absolutely right about dinosaurs having dominated the earth in the past.


* EarWorm: ''I married my wife in the month of June. Risseldy, rosseldy, Mow, mow, mow. I carried her off in a silver spoon. Risseldy, Rosseldy, hey bambassity, nickety, nackety, retrical quality, willowby, wallowby, mow, mow, mow.''

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** Trees the size of the "Cleonymus tree" [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoia_sempervirens do exist]]. No word on whether Native Americans of late first millennium BC hung shields on a moribund specimen, though.


* RetroactiveRecognition: Child actress Creator/VeronicaCartwright, who played Cathy, would become especially familiar to fans of science-fiction/horror films starting in [[Film/{{Alien}} the late 1970s]].

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Child actress Creator/VeronicaCartwright, who played Cathy, would become especially familiar to fans of science-fiction/horror films starting in [[Film/{{Alien}} the late 1970s]].1970s thanks to ''Film/{{Alien}}''.



* SpecialEffectsFailure: The bird effects were extremely technically innovative when the film first released, but look rather ropey nowadays.

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: The Crossed with SeinfeldIsUnfunny; the bird effects were extremely technically innovative when the film first released, but look rather ropey nowadays.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Child actress Creator/VeronicaCartwright, who played Cathy, would become especially familiar to fans of science-fiction/horror films starting in [[Film/{{Alien}} the late 1970s]].

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* {{Applicability}}:
** It's been suggested that the birds attacking draw lots of parallels with the fear of nuclear attack; the victims are forced to hide, reinforce their houses and have no way to stop the attacks. The Cuban Missile Crisis had happened just one year before the film's release.
** Melanie could represent second-wave feminism; in contrast to the domestic and conservative roles the women of Bodega Bay fill, Melanie is a liberated, sexually-free socialite who shakes up the whole town with her arrival. Notably Annie was once a city girl but gave it up to move to Bodega Bay. The attacks coincide with her entering Bodega Bay - and they force the women out of domestic roles to help stop them.


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* GeniusBonus: Lydia and Melanie are almost in a LoveTriangle over Mitch, and Annie lampshades this by referencing ''Theatre/OedipusRex''. Lydia later finds a friend with his eyes pecked out, which references that Oedipus blinded himself when he realised [[ParentalIncest he'd married his own mother]].


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* {{Moe}}: Cathy is just precious. Especially when she first meets Melanie and hugs her in thanks for the love birds.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Annie Hayworth, the school teacher, stayed in the town her ex-boyfriend lived in on the weekends, despite originally being a city girl, saying she didn't want to lose the friendship between them... could it have been something else? Could Annie in fact have been Cathy's real mother, with Lydia actually being Cathy's grandmother given her age and appearance, but being the time period that it was such an out of wedlock birth could not be accepted, so they all just lied about it to save face? It would certainly explain some of Annie's interactions with Cathy at the party and later on [[spoiler:Annie sacrificing herself to save Cathy from the birds]].
* CanonFodder: Just what did cause the birds to attack? It's never specified either way, but that hasn't stopped people from guessing. Explanations range from a sudden heatwave angering them, to the lovebirds somehow causing it. The trailer implies that birds have just decided to declare war on mankind.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Annie Hayworth, the school teacher, stayed in the town her ex-boyfriend lived in on the weekends, despite originally being a city girl, saying she didn't want to lose the friendship between them... could it have been something else? Could Annie in fact have been Cathy's real mother, with Lydia actually being Cathy's grandmother given her age and appearance, but being the time period that it was was, such an out of wedlock out-of-wedlock birth could not be accepted, so they all just lied about it to save face? It would certainly explain some of Annie's interactions with Cathy at the party and later on [[spoiler:Annie sacrificing herself to save Cathy from the birds]].
* CanonFodder: Just what did ''did' cause the birds to attack? It's never specified either way, but that hasn't stopped people from guessing. Explanations range from a sudden heatwave angering them, to the lovebirds somehow causing it. The trailer implies that birds have just decided to declare war on mankind.



* TearJerker:
** [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice "Annie pushed me inside!"]]]]
** Lydia finding her friend's body and later confiding to Melanie about how her late husband related to their children better than she did.
** Melanie telling Mitch about how [[MissingMom her Mother]] [[ParentalAbandonment wasn't around for her growing up]].
** Cathy, despite everything, still loving her own pet birds. Can double as [[HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]].
-->"Can I bring the lovebirds, Mitch? They haven't harmed anyone."

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* FanficFuel: The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War Emu War]] of AD 1932. What would it be from Peisthetaerus' perspective?


* UnbuiltTrope: One of the earliest films to use DevelopingDoomedCharacters. Except here the horror comes as part of a HalfwayPlotSwitch, the attacks build up and the developing is all about justifying why Melanie is in Bodega Bay in the first place.


* PoorMansSubstitute: Try as they may, Creator/RodTaylor and Creator/TipppiHedren weren't Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/GraceKelly.

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* PoorMansSubstitute: Try as they may, Creator/RodTaylor and Creator/TipppiHedren Creator/TippiHedren weren't Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/GraceKelly.


* PoorMansSubstitute: Try as they may, Creator/RodTaylor and Creator/TipppiHendren weren't Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/GraceKelly.

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* PoorMansSubstitute: Try as they may, Creator/RodTaylor and Creator/TipppiHendren Creator/TipppiHedren weren't Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/GraceKelly.


* PoorMansSubstitute: Try as they may, Creator/RodTaylor and Tipppi Hendren weren't Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/GraceKelly.

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* PoorMansSubstitute: Try as they may, Creator/RodTaylor and Tipppi Hendren Creator/TipppiHendren weren't Creator/CaryGrant and Creator/GraceKelly.

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