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The Birds (film) Quotes

The Birds (film) is a television program that was first aired in 1970 . The Birds completed its run in 1970.

It features Alfred Hitchcock as producer, and Robert Burks, ASC as head of cinematography.

The Birds (film) is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The Birds (film) is 119 minutes long. The Birds (film) is distributed by Universal Pictures.

The cast includes: Suzanne Pleshette as Annie Hayworth, Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels, Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner, Veronica Cartwright as Cathy Brenner, and Jessica Tandy as Lydia Brenner.

The Birds (film) Quotes

Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels

  • (Tippi Hedren) "On Mondays and Wednesdays I work for the Travelers Aid at the airport."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Helping travelers?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, misdirecting them."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Look at the gas, that man's lighting a cigar."
  • (Sebastian Sholes, fisherman in diner) "Hell, maybe we're all getting a little carried away with this. Admittedly a few birds did act strange, but that's no reason to --"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I keep telling you, this isn't 'a few birds'. These are gulls, crows, swifts --."
  • (Mrs. Bundy, elderly ornithologist) "I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn't stand a chance. How could we possibly hope to fight them?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, I really shouldn't have any more. I'm driving."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Well, actually, I'm trying to get you to stay for dinner. A lot of roast beef left over."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, I couldn't possibly. I have to get back."
  • (Rod Taylor) "All right. Cheers."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Cheers."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Seriously, why do you have to rush off? What's so important in San Francisco?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well, I have to get to work tomorrow morning, for one thing."
  • (Rod Taylor) "You have a job?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I have several jobs."
  • (Rod Taylor) "What do you do?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well, I do different things on different days."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Like what?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well, on Mondays and Wednesdays, I work for the traveler's aid at the airport."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Helping travelers?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, misdirecting them. I thought you could read my character. On Tuesdays, I take a course in General Semantics at Berkeley, finding new four-letter words. That's not a job, of course, but --"
  • (Rod Taylor) "You mean you don't have to --"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "And on Thursdays, I have my meeting and lunch."
  • (Rod Taylor) "In the underworld, I suppose."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I shall disappoint you. We're sending a little Korean boy through school. We actually raise money for it."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "You see, Rome -- that entire summer I did nothing, but -- well, it was very easy to get lost there. So when I came back, I thought it was time I began -- oh, I don't know, finding something again. So, on Mondays and Thursdays, I keep myself busy."
  • (Rod Taylor) "What about Fridays?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Fridays? They're free. I sometimes go to bird shops on Fridays."
  • (Rod Taylor) "I'm very glad you do. A nice innocent little day."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Oh, yes."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "They're coming. They're coming."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Hello there, Mrs. MacGruder."
  • (Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk) "Oh, hello, Miss Daniels."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Have you ever seen so many gulls? What do you suppose it is?"
  • (Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk) "Well, there must be a storm at sea, that can drive them inland, you know. I was hoping you'd be a little late because he hadn't arrived yet."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Oh, but you'd said three o'clock --"
  • (Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk) "Oh I know, I know. I've been calling all morning. Oh, Miss Daniels you have no idea. They are so difficult to get, really they are. We have to get them from India, when they're just baby chicks, and then we have --"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "But this one won't be a chick, will he?"
  • (Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk) "Certainly not. Oh no, certainly not. This will be a full grown mynah bird, full grown."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "And he'll talk?"
  • (Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk) "Well yes, of course he'll -- well no, you'll have to teach him to talk. My. I guess maybe I'd better phone, they'd said three o'clock. Maybe it's the traffic. I'll call. Would you mind waiting?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well, maybe you'd better deliver him. Let; let me give you my address."
  • (Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk) "Oh, well, alright, but I'm sure they're on the way -- Would you mind if I called?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, alright, but --"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I have an Aunt Tessa. Have you got an Aunt Tessa?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "Mm-mm."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Mine is very prim and straight-laced. I'm giving her a mynah bird when she comes back from Europe. Mynah birds talk, you know. Can you see my Aunt Tessa's face when this one tells us one or two of the words I've picked up at Berkeley?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "You need a mother's care, my child."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Not my mother's."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Oh, I'm sorry."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "What have you got to be sorry about? My mother? Don't waste your time. She ditched us when I was eleven and ran off with some hotel man in the East. You know what a mother's love is."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Yes, I do."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "You mean it's better to be ditched?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "No, I think it's better to be loved. Don't you ever see her?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I don't know where she is."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Just what is it you're looking for, sir?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "Lovebirds."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Lovebirds, sir?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "Yes. I understand there are different varieties. Is that true?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Oh yes, there are."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Well, uh, these are for my sister, for her birthday, see, and uh, as she's only gonna be eleven, I, I wouldn't want a pair of birds that were -- too demonstrative."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I understand completely."
  • (Rod Taylor) "At the same time, I wouldn't want them to be too aloof, either."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, of course not."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Do you happen to have a pair of birds that are -- just friendly?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Get Cathy and Lydia out of here."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Close that door, quickly."
  • (Suzanne Pleshette) "What?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Please."

Veronica Cartwright as Cathy Brenner

  • (Veronica Cartwright) "I still don't understand how you knew I wanted lovebirds."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Your brother told me."
  • (Jessica Tandy) "Then you knew Mitch in San Francisco. Is that right?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, not exactly."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Mitch knows a lot of people in San Francisco. Of course, they're mostly hoods."
  • (Jessica Tandy) "Cathy."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Well, Mom, he's the first to admit it. He spends half his day in the detention cells at the Hall of Justice."
  • (Jessica Tandy) "In a democracy, Cathy, everyone is entitled to a fair trial. Your brother's practice --"
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Aw, Mom, please. I know all that democracy jazz. They're still hoods."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "He has a client now who shot his wife in the head six times. Six times. Can you imagine it? I mean, even twice would be overdoing it, don't you think?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Why did he shoot her?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "He was watching a ball game on television."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "What?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "His wife changed the channel."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Are you coming to my party tomorrow?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I don't think so. I have to get back to San Francisco."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Don't you like us?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Oh, darling, of course I do."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Don't you like Bodega Bay?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I don't know yet."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Mitch likes it very much. He comes up every weekend, you know, even though he has his own apartment in the city. He says that San Francisco's like an anthill up the foot of a bridge."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well, I suppose it does get a little hectic at times."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Well, if you do decide to come, don't say I told you about it. It's suppose to be a suprise party. You see, they've got this whole complicated thing figured out, where I'm going to Michele's for the afternoon, and Michele's mother will say she has a headache. Would I mind very much if she took me home. And when I get here, all the kids'll jump out. Oh, won't you come. Won't you please come?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I don't think so."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "Mitch, can I bring the lovebirds in here?"
  • (Jessica Tandy) "No."
  • (Veronica Cartwright) "But Mom, they're in a cage."
  • (Jessica Tandy) "They're birds, aren't they?"

Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner

  • (Rod Taylor) "See 'ya in court."
  • (Rod Taylor) "I just thought you might like to know what it's like to be on the other end of a gag. What do you think of that?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I think you're a louse."
  • (Rod Taylor) "I am."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Be able to find your way back all right?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Oh, yes."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Will I be seeing you again?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "San Francisco's a long way from here."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Well, I'm in San Francisco five days a week with a lot of time on my hands, I'd like to see you. Maybe we could go swimming or something. Mother tells me you like to swim."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "How does Mother know what I like to do?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "I guess we read the same gossip columns."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Oh, that. Rome."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Yeah, I really like to swim, I think we might get along very well."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "In case you're interested, I was pushed into that fountain."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Without any clothes on?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "With all my clothes on. The newspaper that ran that story happens to be a rival of my father's paper."
  • (Rod Taylor) "You're just a poor, innocent victim of circumstances, huh?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well I'm neither poor nor innocent, but the truth of that particular --"
  • (Rod Taylor) "Truth is you were running around with a pretty wild crowd, isn't it?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well yes, that's the truth, but I was pushed into that fountain, and that's the truth, too."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Uh huh. Do you really know Annie Hayworth?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No. At least I didn't till I came up here."
  • (Rod Taylor) "So you didn't go to school together?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No."
  • (Rod Taylor) "And you didn't come up here to see her."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No."
  • (Rod Taylor) "You were lying."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Yes, I was lying."
  • (Rod Taylor) "I'd like to see you. Maybe we could go swimming or something. Mother tells me you like to swim."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "How does Mother know what I like to do?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "I guess we read the same gossip columns."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Aren't those lovebirds?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, those are, uh, red birds."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Oh, I thought they were strawberry finches."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Oh, yes. We call them that, too."
  • (Rod Taylor) "What about the letter you wrote me, is that a lie, too?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "No, I wrote the letter."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Well what did it say?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "It said 'Dear Mister Brenner, I think you need these lovebirds after all. They may help your personality.'"
  • (Rod Taylor) "But you tore it up?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Yes."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Why?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Because it seemed stupid and foolish."
  • (Rod Taylor) "Like jumping into a fountain in Rome?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I told you what happened."
  • (Rod Taylor) "You don't expect me to believe that, do you?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Oh, I don't give a damn what you believe."
  • (Rod Taylor) "I'd still like to see you."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Why?"
  • (Rod Taylor) "I think it might be fun."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well it might have been good enough in Rome, but it's not good enough now."
  • (Rod Taylor) "It is for me."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Well not for me."
  • (Rod Taylor) "What do you want?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "I thought you knew. I want to go through life jumping into fountains naked, good night."

Jessica Tandy as Lydia Brenner

Suzanne Pleshette as Annie Hayworth

  • (Suzanne Pleshette) "Don't they ever stop migrating?"
  • (Suzanne Pleshette) "Did you drive up from San Francisco by the coast road?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Yes."
  • (Suzanne Pleshette) "Nice drive."
  • (Tippi Hedren) "It's very beautiful."
  • (Suzanne Pleshette) "Is that where you met Mitch?"
  • (Tippi Hedren) "Yes."
  • (Suzanne Pleshette) "I guess that's where everyone meets Mitch."

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