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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... See more »

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Mitch Brenner
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Lydia Brenner
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Annie Hayworth
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Melanie Daniels (as 'Tippi' Hedren)
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Cathy Brenner
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Mrs. Bundy
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Sebastian Sholes
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Mrs. MacGruder
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Deke Carter
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Traveling Salesman at Diner's Bar
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Fisherman Helping with Rental Boat
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Deputy Al Malone
John McGovern ...
Postal Clerk
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Drunken Doomsayer in Diner
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Mitch's City Neighbor
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Helen Carter
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Sam (as William Quinn)
Doreen Lang ...
Hysterical Mother in Diner
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Brunette Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
Valerie Ferdin ...
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
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Man Walking Dogs Out of Pet Shop (uncredited)
Dal McKennon ...
Sam the Cook (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
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Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)
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School Child (uncredited)
Roxanne Tunis ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Child (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

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

Produced by

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Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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George Tomasini

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Bud Hoffman ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Robert F. Boyle ... (as Robert Boyle)

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George Milo

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Virginia Darcy ... hair stylist
Howard Smit ... makeup

Production Management

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Norman Deming ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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James H. Brown ... assistant director

Art Department

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Will Ferrell ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... storyboard artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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)

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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)

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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

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Leonard P. Geer ... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bobby Greene ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Vic Jones ... gaffer (uncredited)
Leonard J. South ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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

Other crew

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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)
Lillian Michelson ... researcher (uncredited)
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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?

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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 We see Mitch's car in the film and he has obviously driven it to Bodega Bay, but at the end of the movie, only the family truck and Melanie's car are seen, and the family uses Melanie's little sports car to leave when Mitch's car would have been more comfortable. Where did Mitch's car go? It seems to have disappeared with no explanation. 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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