Weren't dodos like three feet tall anyway?
February 26, 2007 5:18 PM   Subscribe

I need help identifying a movie from bits of dialouge about birds stealing the nests of others. (Obscure-filter)

Here's what I remember. The plot centers around a guy who has lost his girlfriend to another man. At some point, he confronts this new man and states something along the lines of "the dodo is an interesting bird. He waits until another family of birds has painstakingly built their home and then he steals it and makes it his own."

I don't know if it was a dodo. It could've been sparrow or starling or something else. I know it's not much to go on, but since i'm fairly certain it was a pretty popular movie, maybe someone can identify it. Any clues?
posted by Ugh to Media & Arts (9 answers total)
 
Is it Closer? I know I own this movie but it escapes me right now.
posted by fire&wings at 5:35 PM on February 26, 2007


The cuckoo is the most commonly known bird that does this. Now to google movies about cuckoos.
posted by Listener at 5:36 PM on February 26, 2007


Ah! That rang a bell, Listener! I think it might have been a cuckoo. I can't find it in IMBD quotes though.

I don't think it's Closer, because I remember the movie being older than that. I want to say John Cusack was in it, but I could be making that up.
posted by Ugh at 5:48 PM on February 26, 2007


The Bower Bird is another famous avian thief.
posted by wsg at 5:57 PM on February 26, 2007


Is it The Ice Harvest? That had a lot of stylized dialog in it and it stared Cusack
posted by willnot at 6:20 PM on February 26, 2007


It's Indecent Proposal. Woody likens Redford to a cuckoo.
posted by Phred182 at 6:27 PM on February 26, 2007


"You know that emblem you got? The gryphon? The eagle? I don't think that's a good idea. I got a better idea... How about the cuckoo? You know? Because... I'm talking to you for a second. The cuckoo is interesting because it doesn't have its own nest... so it moves into other birds' nests and it destroys their eggs." via
posted by Mapes at 6:39 PM on February 26, 2007


This may be a bit Captain Obvious, but the word cuckoo is the origin of the word "cuckold".
posted by hot soup girl at 12:48 PM on February 27, 2007


Thank you!
posted by Ugh at 4:11 PM on February 27, 2007


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