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The Birds -- A wealthy San Francisco playgirl pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town which slowly takes a turn when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there, in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.
The Birds -- A wealthy San Francisco playgirl 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 there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness


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Daphne Du Maurier (from the story by)
Evan Hunter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 March 1963 (USA) See more »
Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined! See more »
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 there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tippi Hedren ... Melanie Daniels (as 'Tippi' Hedren)

Suzanne Pleshette ... Annie Hayworth

Rod Taylor ... Mitch Brenner

Jessica Tandy ... Lydia Brenner

Veronica Cartwright ... Cathy Brenner

Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Bundy - Ornithologist

Charles McGraw ... Sebastian Sholes - Fisherman in Diner
Doreen Lang ... Hysterical Mother in Diner

Ruth McDevitt ... Mrs. MacGruder - Pet Store Clerk

Joe Mantell ... Traveling Salesman at Diner's Bar

Malcolm Atterbury ... Deputy Al Malone

Karl Swenson ... Drunken Doomsayer in Diner

Elizabeth Wilson ... Helen Carter
Lonny Chapman ... Deke Carter - Diner Owner

Doodles Weaver ... Fisherman Helping with Rental Boat
John McGovern ... Postal Clerk

Richard Deacon ... Mitch's City Neighbor

Bill Quinn ... Sam - Man in Diner (as William Quinn)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Morgan Brittany ... Brunette Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)

Darlene Conley ... Waitress (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Walking Dogs Out of Pet Shop (uncredited)

Dal McKennon ... Sam the Cook (uncredited)

Mike Monteleone ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Jeannie Russell ... School Child (uncredited)
Roxanne Tunis ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
Writing credits
Daphne Du Maurier (from the story by)

Evan Hunter (screenplay)

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
Set Decoration by
George Milo 
Makeup Department
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist
Howard Smit .... makeup
Production Management
Norman Deming .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Brown .... assistant director
Art Department
Will Ferrell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Remi Gassmann .... electronic sound production and composition
Bernard Herrmann .... sound consultant
William Russell .... sound recordist
Oskar Sala .... electronic sound production and composition
Waldon O. Watson .... sound recordist
Bernard Herrmann .... sound designer (uncredited)
James V. Swartz .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Larry Hampton .... special effects (as Lawrence A. Hampton)
Clarence Champagne .... special effects (uncredited)
Dave Fleischer .... special effects (uncredited)
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects (uncredited)
Petro Vlahos .... special effects engineer (uncredited)
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ub Iwerks .... special photographic advisor
Albert Whitlock .... pictorial designs
Bob Broughton .... visual effects (uncredited)
Scott Dougherty .... digital restoration producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... second unit matte photography (uncredited)
Jerry Pooler .... digital restoration supervisor (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith .... digital restoration coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costume designer: Miss Hedren
Rita Riggs .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Bud Hoffman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Ray Berwick .... trainer of the birds
James S. Pollak .... titles
Peggy Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock
Lois Thurman .... script supervisor
John 'Bud' Cardos .... bird wrangler (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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119 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2002) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1963) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 (orginal rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1991) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (DVD) | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (1976) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-release) (re-rating) (2012) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20385) (original release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1984) | West Germany:16

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Also attending the London premiere were two flamingos, 50 red cardinals and starlings, and six penguins.See more »
Continuity: The kitchen window in the Brenner's house is facing the wrong way. Based on the dining room orientation, the sink and window of the kitchen should be on the right, facing the rear of the house, when one walks in from the dining room. Instead, it is to the left, which would face a solid wall with no place for a window.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, and then we have...
Melanie Daniels: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.
Melanie Daniels:And he'll talk?
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153 out of 266 people found the following review useful.
Tippi Feathers With Mother, 5 February 2005
Author: Donald Agustamarian from London, England

Seems silly to give a 10 to "The Birds" what can I give to "Notorius" then? Or "Rear Window"? A 20? It doesn't matter, a 10 shouldn't mean the best but one of the best. Best as in degrees of enjoyment, best as in time of enjoyment, 10 for the kind of enjoyment. "The Birds" is a ten for all of the above. Hitchcock's world varied consistently, it depended very much on his travelling companions. Writers first and foremost then composers. There is no music in "The Birds" so most of my questions are directed to the eclectic Evan Hunter who dissected Daphne de Maurier's original story and transformed it into something that not even Hitchcock had attempted before. A lyrically surreal horror soap opera kind of thing. It visits many of Hitchcock's obsession's of course, an icy blond and a castrating mother. Tippi Hedren follows a long line of Hitchcock blonds, from Madeline Carroll and Ingrid Bergman to Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, Janet Leigh, Eva Marie Saint and Doris Day as Jessica Tandy follows Madame Constantin, Jesse Royce Landis and Louise Latham not to mention Mrs. Bates. Evan Hunter was behind films like Richard Brooks's "Blackboard Jungle" and a semi forgotten gem Frank Perry's "Last Summer" As well as having Akira Kurosawa based his film noir "The Ransom" on one of his novels. Here, he follows Hitchcock's needs with religious reverence and at the same time comes out with something quite unique. I love the light weightiness of the heaviness. I've always loved the daringness of the pacing. The car trip to to Bodega Bay or the long shots of Jessica Tandy's truck driving away in horror from the farm. This movie is also a reminder to the filmmakers, depending in special effects, that effects tend to age a movie far too fast. The effects should be at the service of the characters and not the other way round. Rod Taylor, a charming, versatile matinée idol with a brain and the scrumptious Suzanne Pleshette ad to the many pleasures this 10 of a film will keep in store for generations to come.

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