The Birds (1963)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, Horror, Mystery

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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 people.




  • Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963)
  • Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor in The Birds (1963)
  • "The Birds," Tippi Hedren with Assistant Director Foster Phinney. 1963 Universal
  • The Birds (1963)
  • "The Birds," Director Alfred Hitchcock. 1963 Universal
  • Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963)

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Alfred Hitchcock


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

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Alfred Hitchcock would constantly make puns and double-entendres on the set. The last straw came when Suzanne Pleshette asked him if she could add a line and he replied "You mean, Sweet Adeline?" She reacted by tackling the director, and dictating "If you continue this, you are ... ...


Melanie Daniels: Hello there, Mrs. MacGruder.
Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk: Oh, hello, Miss Daniels.
Melanie Daniels: Have you ever seen so many gulls? What do you suppose it is?
Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk: Well, there must be a storm at sea, that can drive them inland, you know. I was hoping you'd be a little late because he hadn't ...
Melanie Daniels: Oh,...


When Melanie arrives at the Brenners' dock, it is high tide and she easily climbs out of her boat to their dock, which are nearly level to each other. The same is true when she returns to her boat after leaving the lovebirds. However, when Mitch comes out with his binoculars right after seeing Melanie's boat, the tide has gone out quite far. The waterline has dropped considerably and a small boat near the dock can be seen floating several feet below it. Melanie would not have been able to easily climb in and out of her outboard under these conditions. The tide, while going out dramatically in a shallow bay like this one, cannot possibly go down that quickly in real time. Obviously, a lot more time has gone by between Melanie's return to her outboard and Mitch's appearance with his binoculars, even though the action is supposed to take place only minutes apart.

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Drama | Horror | Mystery | Romance

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