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The Birds (1963)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 29 March 1963 (USA)
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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Daniels (as 'Tippi' Hedren)
Doreen Lang ...
Hysterical Mother in Diner
Deputy Al Malone
Drunken Doomsayer in Diner
Helen Carter
Lonny Chapman ...


Melanie Daniels is the modern rich socialite, part of the jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer Mitch Brenner sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother Lydia and younger sister Cathy. Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. Soon, birds in the hundreds and thousands are attacking anyone they find out of doors. There is no explanation as to why this might be happening, and as the birds continue their vicious attacks, survival becomes the priority. Written by garykmcd

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Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined! See more »


Drama | Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 March 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tippi Hedren donated her script from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. (Smithsonian magazine, August 2008, pg. 28) See more »


When Melanie enters Bodega bay school for first time, we can hear the child singing even when they turn around to see Melanie, and are clearly not moving their lips. See more »


[first lines]
Melanie Daniels: Hello there, Mrs. MacGruder.
Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk: Oh, hello, Miss Daniels.
Melanie Daniels: 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.
Melanie Daniels: 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,...
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Crazy Credits

During the credits are at the beginning, sound effects from the film are shown. See more »


Referenced in Jeepers Creepers (2001) See more »


Arabesque no. 1 in E
(1888) (uncredited)
Claude Debussy
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User Reviews

"They're coming! They're coming!"
17 June 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"They're coming! They're coming!" were the words said by Tippi Hedren at the end of the coming attractions trailer for Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 film "The Birds". And boy did they come when the movie opened. This is a terrifying story about what could happen if our fine feathered friends turned on man. "The Birds", like the Master of Suspense's 1960 masterpiece "Psycho", has the ability to give people the chills. I found "The Birds" to be just a tad below "Psycho" (it starts a little slow), but it's still a pretty scary movie. It features good acting by Tippi Hedren (in her most famous role), Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy (26 years before "Driving Miss Daisy"), Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright (16 years before "Alien"). Plus it has impressive special visual effects, and probably the scariest sound effects that I've ever heard. The sound effects alone give me the creeps. And it has its share of humorous moments throughout. "The Birds" is classic Hitchcock. If you like horror movies that are well made with a well told story, then you'll like this one.

***1/2 (out of four)

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