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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
The Birds -- The birds amass on the monkey bars behind Melanie.
The Birds -- Melanie gets trapped and attacked in a phone booth.
The Birds -- A playgirl follows a bachelor to Bodega Bay, where, for no apparent reason, birds kill.
The Birds -- A local diner doomsayer claims the world is coming to an end.

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Director:
Writers:
Daphne Du Maurier (from the story by)
Evan Hunter (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 May 1963 (Argentina) 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 there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(761 articles)
User Reviews:
Perfect Example of why Hitchcock is "The Master of Suspense" See more (419 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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 (film editor)
 
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
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)
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)
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:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | 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:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (original release) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1984) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cast member Doodles Weaver was the uncle of actress Sigourney Weaver, who worked with Veronica Cartwright in Alien (1979), and with Tippi Hedren's daughter, Melanie Griffith, in Working Girl (1988).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Melanie is climbing upstairs we see her shadow on the wall, even though the only light source is the flashlight she is using.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

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68 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
Perfect Example of why Hitchcock is "The Master of Suspense", 28 November 2005

This is one of Hitchcock's most well-known movies. Along with Psycho, it's the movie that most people identify with him. Many pages have been written about it and surely there will be more. I know that the superb technical aspects of the movie have been discussed a lot, so I'll try to focus on something I noticed yesterday when I watched it.

It's scarier when there are no birds on screen. The tension, the silence, the uncertainty, the mystery. That's what suspense is about.

I was amazed of how carefully Hitchcock builds the suspense in this movie. You watch the birds standing there, and they do not move, they are just waiting. Even when you think they are dumb something tells you they are thinking. They are analyzing your moves.

This was possible with the aid of a top-notch screenplay, and great performances of the actors. This was probably the most difficult film for Hitchcock, specially for the technical aspects that were involved, but when you watch it, it really was worth the pain.

The main plot is well-known: Melanie Daniels(Tippi Hedren),a young girl goes to Bodega Bay looking for Mitch Brenner(Rod Taylor),a handsome man she met in San Francisco, when suddenly, the birds start attacking humans by no reason. Pretty straight forward, and by this date very outdated, but Hitchcock adds his magic and the script spices this with the very complex relationships between the characters.

The complex relationship between Mitch and his mother Lydia(played by Jessica Tandy), and the conflict that she has with Melanie is very interesting and brings back memories from Psycho. Also, Melanie's relationship with her own mother and the bond that she creates with Lydia and Mitch's 11 years old sister Cathy(Veronica Cartwright) is fascinating.

The scene when the four of them are trapped inside the house with the birds waiting outside is classic; not only is, as I wrote above, a perfect example of the use of suspense, it is an awesome study of the characters and how their relation grows. I think that this particular movie was main inspiration for George A. Romero's claustrophobic climax in his landmark film "Night of the Living Dead"(1968).

The technical aspects may be the focus of many studies, but the characters deserve to be praised, even the support cast with a few lines develop a personality of their own. The restaurant scene is Hitchcock at his best with witty dialogs that are both humorous and creepy. Very good ensemble.

Overall, this is an awesome movie, many reviewers have said it, I know. But I wanted to point that beyond the technical advances this experimental movie features, it is a perfect example of why Alfred Hitchcock is considered, "The Master of Suspense".

9/10. Classic.

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