The Birds

The Birds (1963)

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Corrected entry: Rod Taylor says he doesn't know how to keep the birds from flying down the chimney and into the house. How about closing the flue? I don't know of any bird that can get through 1/2" thick solid wrought iron.

Correction: He knows how nervous and panicky his mother can be. Since they can't do anything about it, he probably figures the ignorance-is-bliss route is the best one to take.


Corrected entry: Why did Melanie just go right into the bedroom when she could see it was full of killer birds?

Correction: Melanie didn't "go right into the bedroom when she saw it was full of killer birds." She didn't know for sure that there were any birds in the room. She saw a hole in the roof, then stepped forward to get a better look, and she was already inside the room before she realised there was a flock of birds in the room. She then leaned against the door by accident, which closed it and therefore she got attacked.

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Corrected entry: In the last scene, Rod Taylor takes the car out of the garage and drives it some distance from the front door of the house and makes Tippi and the rest walk all the way to the car, through the flock of killer birds. Why not all get in the car in the safety of the garage and then drive out safely and avoid the birds altogether?

Correction: For this to happen there would need to be a door from the house to the garage. There isn't.

rabid anarchist

Corrected entry: Tippi Hedren and Suzanne Pleshette make all the schoolchildren leave the school with instructions to keep quite until in front of the huge flock of killer black birds ... and then instructs them to start screaming and running in a frenzy in front of the Birds. How about staying INSIDE if there are killer birds OUTSIDE...?

Correction: The farmer (forgot his name) was killed because birds flew through the windows in his bedroom. Tippi Hedren says something like: "The windows at the school are much bigger than his (the farmer's)". So instead of staying inside, knowing that the birds are able to come in and kill them all, they try to leave for a more safe place. Unfortunately the birds attack them when they're outside and that's when the screaming and running starts.

Continuity mistake: As everyone runs out of the restaurant, the bushes on the left of the building that were there before are gone. (01:26:10)


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Trivia: When we see the school children running away from the birds, they were actually running on a treadmill with Bodega Bay footage added in the background.

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Question: When the birds attack the town a gas station attendant is hit by a bird and drops the gas hose he is using to fill a car. The gasoline flows down the street and under a car; a man drops a match and lights the gas causing an explosion. Why didn't the gas pump shut off when the man dropped it?

michael g

Answer: The movie takes place in the 1960s, so presumably gas pumps worked a bit differently back then. There may not have been automatic shut-offs, or if there was, it was faulty.

raywest Premium member

The automatic shut off is in the handle of the hose. When a person grips the handle they have to lift a levered switch to allow gas flow; the lever is spring loaded so that if it is released the gas will stop flowing. I have looked at older antique gas pumps and they are all the same; even the visible glass gravity flow ones. If that hose was dropped the the gas should have stopped flowing.

michael g

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