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Hitchcock attempted to top the success of "Psycho" with this terrifying tale of Man versus Nature, in which Nature alights, one by one, on the trees of Bodega Bay to stage a bloody act of revenge upon the civilized world. Only Hitchcock can twist the harmless into the horrific while avoiding the ridiculous; this is perhaps his most brutal film, and one of the cinema's purest, horrifying portraits of apocalypse. Based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier; screenplay by novelist Evan Hunter (aka Ed McBain).

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Available on Running time 120 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Classic Horror, Birds, Adapted from a Story, Eyeballs!, Books to Film: Daphne Du Maurier, Unexplained Phenomena
Evan Hunter
Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Suzanne Pleshette, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw, Ruth McDevitt, Lonny (Lonnie) Chapman, Joe Mantell, Morgan Brittany, Alfred Hitchcock
Robert Burks
Alfred Hitchcock
Bernard Herrmann
Mark Huffam

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The Birds
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If you think that seeing a group of birds together won't scare you, you'll be surprised how you feel while watching this 1963 thriller by Alfred Hitchcock. The movie takes place in San Francisco Bay and Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets a handsome man named Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) at a pet shop. Mitch is looking for a pair of love birds and the two have an immediate attraction. Later, Melanie decides to buy the birds and deliver to Mitch's house and leaves a note. As she is leaving, a sea gull swoops down and leaves a cut on her forehead. Over the next couple of days, several different bird attacks have been reported and several people were killed by them. While Melanie is at Mitch's house the entire outside of the house is covered in birds and no one can even walk outside. They quickly board up all the windows so no birds can break in. Melanie hears a loud noise upstairs and opens the door and sees many birds have gotten in the house and they attack her. Mitch comes in and rescues her and her wounds are so bad that she needs to get to the hospital. They slowly take Melanie outside to the car, but this part is scary because they have to go really slow so the birds don't notice them. They finally get into their car and drive slowly away. This is an excellent thriller and the special effects are really good.