The Birds

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Released 1963

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Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Released:
1963
Rating:
PG-13

The Birds, based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier, is a 1963 horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), a wealthy and popular young woman, meets lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a pet shop. Melanie is annoyed but intrigued when Mitch plays a joke on her by pretending to mistake her for the shopkeeper before revealing that he has met her before. Deciding to pull a practical joke in return, Melanie buys a pair of lovebirds and drives to Bodega Bay, where she has learned that Mitch spends the weekends with his mother and sister. Their island home seems peaceful, but as Melanie leaves, a bird swoops down and pecks at her. As Melanie finds herself drawn into the dysfunctional relationship between Mitch and his mother, the bird attacks become more frequent and more deadly. Nearly as frightening is the lack of explanation for the birds' behavior. The Birds is often cited as one of Hitchcock's best films.

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Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Man Walking Dogs Out of Pet Shop

Karl Swenson

Karl Swenson

Drunken Doomsayer in Diner

Suzanne Pleshette

Suzanne Pleshette

Annie Hayworth

Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright

Cathy Brenner

Malcolm Atterbury

Malcolm Atterbury

Deputy Al Malone

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