The Birds

Release Date: March 28th, 1963

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2000

PG-13 |1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary

Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home. She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike up a romance. One day birds start attacking children at Mitch's sisters party. A huge assault starts on the town by attacking birds.

Cast: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw, Joe Mantell

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Universal Pictures, Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Love interest , Revenge , Pursuit , 1960s , Death

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Kim NewmanEmpire

    Genuinely disturbing thriller classic from the master of suspense. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Alfred Hitchcock has concocted an elaborate tease in The Birds, as if to prove that suspense and thrills can be induced as much by the expectation of horror as by horror itself. show more

  • 100
    Xan BrooksThe Guardian

    The essential Hitchcock movie, the purest and most confident, a brilliant distillation of the themes that had fueled him ever since he sent the lodger creeping to his upstairs room. show more

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