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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:
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 »
User Reviews:
A highly innovative horror See more (432 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)

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
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Remi Gassmann .... electronic sound production and composition
Bernard Herrmann .... sound consultant
William Russell .... sound recording
Oskar Sala .... electronic sound production and composition
Waldon O. Watson .... sound recording
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:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20385) (original release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (1984) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In May 2001, the son of "The Birds" novelist Daphne Du Maurier reported that he and his wife were being terrorized by seagulls nesting outside their cottage in Cornwall, England.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: There is an obvious synchronized backdrop used when Melanie is crossing the bay in the little motor boat to see Mitch; same thing on the return trip.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Across the Universe (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Arabesque no. 1 in ESee more »

FAQ

Why did Lydia hate Annie, Melanie, and any of Mitch's girlfriends?
Where is Bodega Bay located?
How does the movie end?
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150 out of 223 people found the following review useful.
A highly innovative horror, 31 May 1999
Author: anonymous

Imagine Hitchcock trying to sell this idea to the film studios: the lives of a mundane country family are shattered when vicious rooks attack. Why? No particular reason. And what then? They fly away. and then? They come back again and attack. And then go and then . .. It seems like an impossible plot to pull off, but Hitchcock does it, slowly building up the tension which spasmodically swells and subsides. Younger viewers may get irritated with the slow stealth of the opening scenes and may want to thrash the T.V. when the film comes to its beautifully droll conclusion, but form once those birds start attacking, every viewer is riveted. It was fine Hitchcockian innovation that took this very slim, cock-a-mamy story and turned in to a tense thriller. But the greatest innovation is the film score - there isn't any. No director is more closely identified with the music of their films, but in Birds, Hitchcock created a horror that is uniquely quiet. The great man appreciated something that so few others do - the atmospheric potency of silence, and how, in different settings, silences can differ in character. Yet so many who watch the film seem to forget that the music isn't there. That's the film's greatest attribute.

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Overall a terrible movie cotennfl-1
If birds actually started attacking, how screwed would we be? horneddemon
Birds Escaping From Cathy's Room dogeatdog7
Lack of music richsass
WHY DIDNT THEY LET THE LOVEBIRDS FREE? halkays540
Mleanie meets Mitch at the beech- so why....? skrall-991-949327
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