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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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Director:
Writers:
Daphne Du Maurier (from the story by)
Evan Hunter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 March 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Awesome Hitchcock movie with horror moments and hair-raising scenes See more (486 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Taylor ... Mitch Brenner

Jessica Tandy ... Lydia Brenner

Suzanne Pleshette ... Annie Hayworth

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

Veronica Cartwright ... Cathy Brenner

Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Bundy

Charles McGraw ... Sebastian Sholes

Ruth McDevitt ... Mrs. MacGruder

Lonny Chapman ... Deke Carter

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

Doodles Weaver ... Fisherman Helping with Rental Boat

Malcolm Atterbury ... Deputy Al Malone
John McGovern ... Postal Clerk

Karl Swenson ... Drunken Doomsayer in Diner

Richard Deacon ... Mitch's City Neighbor

Elizabeth Wilson ... Helen Carter

Bill Quinn ... Sam (as William Quinn)
Doreen Lang ... Hysterical Mother in Diner
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)

Renn Reed ... Girl at Birthday Party (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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
119 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (TV rating) | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:PG (re-rating) (1995) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2002) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1963) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:VM14 (orginal rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1991) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (DVD) | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (1976) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (1995) | 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 (certificate #27603) (re-rating) (1984) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Alfred Hitchcock screen-tested Sandra Dee for the role of Melanie Daniels.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Melanie parks her car in the town, a cable or hose can be seen dangling underneath it. When she drives off and parks again at Annie's house, nothing is dangling.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Arabesque no. 1 in ESee more »

FAQ

Was Melanie responsible for causing the birds to attack?
How does Melanie know how to contact Mitch in order to bring him the love birds?
What is "The Birds" about?
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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Awesome Hitchcock movie with horror moments and hair-raising scenes, 17 March 2010
Author: ma-cortes

This suspenseful shocker deals about a beautiful and rich girl named Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), at the beginning she is shopping in a San Francisco pet store when she meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor). Mitch is looking to buy some birds for his young sister's birthday , he recognizes Melanie but pretends to mistake her for a shopkeeper. After that ,she decides to buy the birds and driving up to the pacific isolated coastal California community called Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends his weekends with his mummy (Jesica Tandy) and sister (Veronica Cartwright) . Shortly after Melanie Daniels is crossing a lake, then she is cruelly nipped by a gull. Gradually, events of bird attacks on people by pecking increases. Kids are attacked at a birthday party (where appears as little girl Morgan Brittany). Meanwhile, children are sent home from school run by teacher (Suzanne Pleshette), townspeople (Charles McGraw, Karl Swenson, Chapman) take refuge in a lunchroom, a gas station is burnt, Melanie is trapped in a phone booth, and, finally, everyone hides in homes tightly closed against repeated attacks by the birds.

Hitchcock's classic about a gorgeous woman who follows a gentleman until a quiet place where suddenly happens mass bird attacks . After frightening spectators of the 60s with ¨Psycho¨ director Hitch took one more successful outing at the terror genre with this excellent movie full of subterranean hints. Exciting scenes when birds attack with death dropping fiercely , its menace magnified similarly to crop-dusting images in ¨North by Northwest¨. Interesting screenplay by Evan Hunter based on Daphne Du Maurier's (Jamica Inn,Rebecca) short story. Al always, Alfred Hitchcock cameo, this time as man walking dogs out of pet shop. Wonderful Tippi Hedren as obstinate Melanie , she's marvelous and brilliantly dressed by Edith Head , but she had a tortuous involvement to Hitch, habitual issue with his leading ladies. Acceptable special effects by Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney's usual, and Albert Whitlock in pictorial designs and the future director John Bud Cardos as bird wrangler. And colorful and evocative cinematography by Robert Burks, also Hitchcock's customary. Rare and strange electronic musical score fitting to bird attacks. This delightful film is stunningly directed by the master Hithcock. Followed by a lousy and cheesy sequel in 1994 titled ¨The birds II : land's end¨ by Rick Rosenthal under ordinary pseudonym as Alan Smithee with Brad Johnson, Megan Gallaher and again Tippi Hedren. Rating : Not for squeamish but well worth seeing because it is an immortal classic movie. This is Hitchcock at his best.

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