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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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Mitch Brenner
Lydia Brenner
Annie Hayworth
Melanie Daniels (as 'Tippi' Hedren)
Cathy Brenner
Mrs. Bundy
Sebastian Sholes
Mrs. MacGruder
Deke Carter
Traveling Salesman at Diner's Bar
Fisherman Helping with Rental Boat
Deputy Al Malone
Postal Clerk
Drunken Doomsayer in Diner
Mitch's City Neighbor
Helen Carter
Sam (as William Quinn)
Doreen Lang ...
Hysterical Mother in Diner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brunette Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)
Waitress (uncredited)
Valerie Ferdin ...
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Little Girl (uncredited)
Man Walking Dogs Out of Pet Shop (uncredited)
Sam the Cook (uncredited)
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)
Arnold Roberts ...
Townsman (uncredited)
School Child (uncredited)
Bill Scully ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Roxanne Tunis ...
Extra (uncredited)
Tomm Wells ...
Child (uncredited)
Mitch Zanich ...
The Tides Restaurant Owner (uncredited)

Directed by

Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

Daphne Du Maurier ... (from the story by)
Evan Hunter ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

George Tomasini

Editorial Department

Bud Hoffman ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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
James V. Swartz ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Larry Hampton ... special effects (as Lawrence A. Hampton)
Clarence Champagne ... special effects (uncredited)
Marcel Delgado ... special effects: bird prop creator (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 ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)
Leonard J. South ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Edith Head ... costume designer: Tippi Hedren
Rita Riggs ... wardrobe supervisor

Script and Continuity Department

Lois Thurman ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Ray Berwick ... trainer of the birds
James S. Pollak ... titles
Peggy Robertson ... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock
John 'Bud' Cardos ... bird wrangler (uncredited)
Lillian Michelson ... researcher (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (United Kingdom)
  • Les Oiseaux (France)
  • Die Vögel (Germany)
  • Los pájaros (Spain)
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  • 119 min
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Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia When audiences left the U.K. premiere at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further. See more »
Goofs After two birds break the glass on the phone booth, it appears that the glass isn't shattered when Melanie is grabbed out of it. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Cada ver es... (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Rissle-dy, Rossle-dy See more »
Crazy Credits There were no ending credits. And in the opening credits the title "THE BIRDS" was slowly pecked away by the passing crows. See more »
Quotes Mother in Diner: [to Melanie] Why are they doing this? Why are they doing this? They said when you got here the whole thing started. Who are you? What are you? Where did you come from? I think you're the cause of all of this. I think you're evil. EVIL!
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