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When Melanie Daniels is crossing a lake, she is nipped by a gull. Gradually, incidents of bird attacks on humans by pecking increases. Glass windows splinter as birds dive into them, children are sent home from school to safety, townspeople take refuge in a lunchroom, Ms. Daniels is trapped in a phone booth, and, finally, everyone hides in homes tightly boarded up against repeated attacks by the birds.
Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined!
Title: Birds, The
Release Date: March 28, 1963
Runtime: 119 mins
All Genres: Horror, Romance, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Brimstone Pit Rating: 8.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With B
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Rod Taylor ...Mitch Brenner
Suzanne Pleshette ...Annie Hayworth
Jessica Tandy ...Lydia Brenner
Tippi Hedren ...Melanie Daniels (as 'Tippi' Hedren)
Veronica Cartwright ...Cathy Brenner
Ethel Griffies ...Mrs. Bundy - Ornithologist
Charles McGraw ...Sebastian Sholes - Fisherman in Diner
Ruth McDevitt ...Mrs. MacGruder - Pet Store Clerk
Lonny Chapman ...Deke Carter - Cook in Diner
Joe Mantell ...Traveling Salesman at Diner's Bar
Doodles Weaver ...Fisherman Helping with Rental Boat
Malcolm Atterbury ...Deputy Al Malone
John McGovern ...Postal Clerk
Karl Swenson ...Doomsayer in Diner
Richard Deacon ...Mitch's City Neighbor
Elizabeth Wilson ...Helen Carter
Bill Quinn ...Man in Diner (as William Quinn)
Doreen Lang ...Mother in Diner
Morgan Brittany ...Girl at Birthday Party
Darlene Conley ...Waitress
Alfred Hitchcock ...Man Walking Dogs Out of Pet Shop
Mike Monteleone ...Gas Station Attendant
Roxanne Tunis ...Extra
Daphne Du Maurier
The Birds Horror Film Trailer 1
The Birds Horror Film Trailer 2
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More Movie Taglines:
- Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined!
- It could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made!
- Nothing You Have Ever Witnessed Before Has Prepared You for Such Sheer Stabbing Shock!
- The Birds is coming!
- ...And remember, the next scream you hear could be your own!
- Mitch Brenner: Be able to find your way back all right? Melanie Daniels: Oh, yes. Mitch Brenner: Will I be seeing you again? Melanie Daniels: San Francisco's a long way from here. Mitch Brenner: Well, I'm in San Francisco five days a week with a lot of time on my hands, I'd like to see you. Maybe we could go swimming or something. Mother tells me you like to swim. Melanie Daniels: How does Mother know what I like to do? Mitch Brenner: I guess we read the same gossip columns. Melanie Daniels: Oh, that. Rome. Mitch Brenner: Yeah, I really like to swim, I think we might get along very well. Melanie Daniels: In case you're interested, I was pushed into that fountain. Mitch Brenner: Without any clothes on? Melanie Daniels: With all my clothes on. The newspaper that ran that story happens to be a rival of my father's paper. Mitch Brenner: You're just a poor, innocent victim of circumstances, huh? Melanie Daniels: Well I'm neither poor nor innocent, but the truth of that particular... Mitch Brenner: Truth is you were running around with a pretty wild crowd, isn't it? Melanie Daniels: Well yes, that's the truth, but I was pushed into that fountain, and that's the truth, too. Mitch Brenner: Uh huh. Do you really know Annie Hayworth? Melanie Daniels: No. At least I didn't till I came up here. Mitch Brenner: So you didn't go to school together? Melanie Daniels: No. Mitch Brenner: And you didn't come up here to see her. Melanie Daniels: No. Melanie Daniels: You were lying! Melanie Daniels: Yes, I was lying.
Cathy Brenner: [while Melanie is playing the piano] I still don't understand how you knew I wanted lovebirds. Melanie Daniels: Your brother told me. Lydia Brenner: Then you knew Mitch in San Francisco. Is that right? Melanie Daniels: No, not exactly. [grabs a cigarette out of an ashtray] Cathy Brenner: Mitch knows a lot of people in San Francisco. Of course, they're mostly hoods. Lydia Brenner: Cathy! Cathy Brenner: Well, Mom, he's the first to admit it. He spends half his day in the detention cells at the Hall of Justice. Lydia Brenner: In a democracy, Cathy, everyone is entitled to a fair trial. Your brother's practice... Cathy Brenner: Aw, Mom, please. I know all that democracy jazz. They're still hoods. [Mitch comes in] Cathy Brenner: He has a client now who shot his wife in the head six times. Six times! Can you imagine it? I mean, even twice would be overdoing it, don't you think? Melanie Daniels: [to Mitch] Why did he shoot her? Mitch Brenner: He was watching a ball game on television. Melanie Daniels: What? Mitch Brenner: His wife changed the channel. [laughs and leaves] Cathy Brenner: Are you coming to my party tomorrow? Melanie Daniels: I don't think so. I have to get back to San Francisco. Cathy Brenner: Don't you like us? Melanie Daniels: Oh, darling, of course I do. Cathy Brenner: Don't you like Bodega Bay? Melanie Daniels: I don't know yet. Cathy Brenner: Mitch likes it very much. He comes up every weekend, you know, even though he has his own apartment in the city. He says that San Francisco's like an anthill up the foot of a bridge. Melanie Daniels: Well, I suppose it does get a little hectic at times. Cathy Brenner: Well, if you do decide to come, don't say I told you about it. It's suppose to be a suprise party. You see, they've got this whole complicated thing figured out, where I'm going to Michele's for the afternoon, and Michele's mother will say she has a headache. Would I mind very much if she took me home. And when I get here, all the kids'll jump out! Oh, won't you come. Won't you please come? Melanie Daniels: I don't think so.
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 evil. EVIL!
Melanie Daniels: Get Cathy and Lydia out of here!
Mitch Brenner: What about the letter you wrote me, is that a lie, too? Melanie Daniels: No, I wrote the letter. Mitch Brenner: Well what did it say? Melanie Daniels: It said 'Dear Mister Brenner, I think you need these lovebirds after all. They may help your personality.' Mitch Brenner: But you tore it up? Melanie Daniels: Yes. Mitch Brenner: Why? Melanie Daniels: Because it seemed stupid and foolish. Mitch Brenner: Like jumping into a fountain in Rome? Melanie Daniels: I told you what happened! Mitch Brenner: You don't expect me to believe that, do you? Melanie Daniels: Oh, I don't give a damn what you believe! Mitch Brenner: I'd still like to see you. Melanie Daniels: Why? Mitch Brenner: I think it might be fun. Melanie Daniels: Well it might have been good enough in Rome, but it's not good enough now. Mitch Brenner: It is for me. Melanie Daniels: Well not for me! Mitch Brenner: What do you want? Melanie Daniels: I thought you knew! I want to go through life jumping into fountains naked, good night!
- Tippi Hedren was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots.
There is no musical score for the film except for the sounds created on the mixtrautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, by Oskar Sala, and the children singing in the school.
Though there is no musical score for this film, composer and Alfred Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann is credited as a "sound consultant."
Alfred Hitchcock approached Joseph Stefano (screenwriter of Psycho (1960)) to write the script, but he wasn't interested in the story. The final screenplay (from a Daphne Du Maurier short story) was written by Evan Hunter, best known to detective story fans under his pen name "Ed McBain".
Alfred Hitchcock saw Tippi Hedren in a 1962 commercial aired during the "Today" (1952) show and put her under contract. In the commercial for a diet drink, she is seen walking down a street and a man whistles at her slim, attractive figure, and she turns her head with an acknowledging smile. In the opening scene of the film, the same thing happens as she walks toward the bird shop. This was an inside joke by Hitchcock.
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