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- DescriptionIn THE BIRDS, Alfred Hitchcock's heart-pounding followup to PSYCHO, the director couples a tone of rigorous morality with dark humor to create a thriller that begins as a light comedy and ends as an apocalyptic allegory. Wealthy, reformed party girl Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) enjoys a brief flirtation with lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet shop and decides to follow him to his Bodega Bay home. Bearing a gift of two lovebirds, Melanie quickly strikes up a romance with Mitch while contending with his possessive mother and boarding at his ex-girlfriend's house. One day, during a birthday party for Mitch's younger sister, a flock of birds attacks the children in what seems to be a random incident. In fact, it signals the beginning of a massive avian assault on the residents of the town--a mysterious assault that no one can explain and from which no one might come out alive. Hedren (Melanie Griffith's mother) carries the picture in her first film role ever, embarking on a career as an icy-cool leading lady. Loosely based on a Daphne du Maurier story and a Santa Monica newspaper story, "Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes," THE BIRDS also features groundbreaking special effects.
- Release Year2001
- Running Time0 minutes
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- christinem302012 Oct, 2010by
Hitchcocks The Birds
This is an excellent movie. I had seen parts of it on TV - usually late at night. However it was great to be able to watch it properly and it was a real joy to appreciate this movie once again.
- 961742c857c4b23...30 Jul, 2010by
The Birds (DVD 2001)
I got this movie as I like this movie. A classic Hitchcock movie form the 60's, staring Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels and Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner and also co-staring in this movie is Jessica Tandy as Mitch's mother... About a small town in the US what get attacked by all kinds of birds and causes chaos, as a news paper owners daughter pay an unexpected trip to deliver two Love Birds to Mitch, soon after the birds attack them and their homes. A well made movie and the only one I know of that has no back ground music throughout the movie. 10/10 A must movie.
- adjudicator_tem...01 Mar, 2008by
Alfred hitchcock : The Birds
my mum has always had a natural fear of birds, and had told me since i was a child that this film was the reason. I have a strong stomach, and although I dont like films I call "Sick" like hills have eyes", or "wrong turn", i'm a fan of films such as saw, and most of Steven king's stuff. Anyways, this film is alright, it is a classic al Hitchcock, and works from third person perspective, with random attacks slowly showing a pattern, starting with seagulls attacking people. There is a good scene where there are more ravens than i could care to count attacking a childrens school - and I must say that resident evil: extinction comes to mind. If only the people of 1963 thought of using the petrol at the station, combined with the pressure and speed of the fire-trucks hoses, they could have mounted a counter assault. But the people of 1963 were probably not as innovative as us, because were used to our eyes being abused by such violence. ll in all though, the speed of the film is a little slow, but blind panic and a few good scenes make up for it. Not quite sure why in every film ever made normal people always end up doing silly things though. Birds attacking en-masse able to tip boats, fly through walls and down chimneys. Where does she hide? in a bloody telephone box made of glass. Read full review
- 123gtracey06 Sep, 2007by
The Birds (dir: Alfred Hitchcock).
What was Alfred Hitchcock thinking when he made this film, it certainly was not about making a documentary for the RSPB. Personally I think it was to remind us that we are not as DOMINANT a species as we think we are. His direction superb as always, the cast, brilliant, the location where the film takes place perfect. AH has found a way to bring to life those two words that scare most if not all human life on this planet, WHAT IF! To get us in the mood to not only watch but try to understand the film there is the stirring music score. AHA! but there is no music in this film from start to finish no music whatsoever. So whatever MOOD you find yourself in is of your own making. Without doubt one of the classics in film history so wether you have watched THE BIRDS once or a thousand times enjoy Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece, but don't forget...... WHAT IF!!! gt. Read full review
- shaun152114 Jul, 2006by
This memorable tale of man versus birds stars Tippi Hedren as Melanie, a snooty San Francisco socialite who meets a dapper lawyer/weekend farmer (Rod Taylor). He disapproves of her jetset lifestyle; she dislikes him, too...or maybe not. She drives up the coast to his hometown to surprise him and is inexplicably attacked by seagulls. Soon, the whole town is besieged by murderous birds. Several people, including schoolteacher Suzanne Pleshette, are killed. The reason for the attacks is never given; we are left to wonder: Was it because Melanie bought caged lovebirds in the opening scene? Are the birds getting back at mankind for past wrongs? We'll never know, but this is a very scary film (especially considering there is no musical soundtrack - only the menacing flapping of bird wings). Hedren is a classic ice-princess; Taylor is the earthy Everyman; they have a good chemistry between them. The rural setting makes an interesting backdrop for unexpected thrills. You'll be on the edge of your seat, waiting for the next attack of The Birds! Read full review