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The Birds -- A wealthy San Francisco playgirl 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 there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness

Overview

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Director:
Writers:
Daphne Du Maurier (from the story by)
Evan Hunter (screenplay)
Contact:
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Release Date:
29 March 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Taylor ... Mitch Brenner

Jessica Tandy ... Lydia Brenner

Suzanne Pleshette ... Annie Hayworth

Tippi Hedren ... Melanie Daniels (as 'Tippi' Hedren)

Veronica Cartwright ... Cathy Brenner

Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Bundy

Charles McGraw ... Sebastian Sholes

Ruth McDevitt ... Mrs. MacGruder

Lonny Chapman ... Deke Carter

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 ... Drunken Doomsayer in Diner

Richard Deacon ... Mitch's City Neighbor

Elizabeth Wilson ... Helen Carter

Bill Quinn ... Sam (as William Quinn)
Doreen Lang ... Hysterical Mother in Diner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Morgan Brittany ... Brunette Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)

Darlene Conley ... Waitress (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Walking Dogs Out of Pet Shop (uncredited)

Dal McKennon ... Sam the Cook (uncredited)

Mike Monteleone ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

Renn Reed ... Girl at Birthday Party (uncredited)

Jeannie Russell ... School Child (uncredited)
Roxanne Tunis ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Daphne Du Maurier (from the story by)

Evan Hunter (screenplay)

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
 
Set Decoration by
George Milo 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist
Howard Smit .... makeup
 
Production Management
Norman Deming .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James H. Brown .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Will Ferrell .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Remi Gassmann .... electronic sound production and composition
Bernard Herrmann .... sound consultant
William Russell .... sound recordist
Oskar Sala .... electronic sound production and composition
Waldon O. Watson .... sound recordist
Bernard Herrmann .... sound designer (uncredited)
James V. Swartz .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Larry Hampton .... special effects (as Lawrence A. Hampton)
Clarence Champagne .... special effects (uncredited)
Dave Fleischer .... special effects (uncredited)
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects (uncredited)
Petro Vlahos .... special effects engineer (uncredited)
Don Wolz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ub Iwerks .... special photographic advisor
Albert Whitlock .... pictorial designs
Bob Broughton .... visual effects (uncredited)
Scott Dougherty .... digital restoration producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... second unit matte photography (uncredited)
Jerry Pooler .... digital restoration supervisor (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith .... digital restoration coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Edith Head .... costume designer: Miss Hedren
Rita Riggs .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Bud Hoffman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ray Berwick .... trainer of the birds
James S. Pollak .... titles
Peggy Robertson .... assistant: Mr. Hitchcock
Lois Thurman .... script supervisor
John 'Bud' Cardos .... bird wrangler (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Los pájaros" - Argentina, Colombia (imdb display title), Mexico (imdb display title), Peru, Spain (imdb display title)
"Die Vögel" - Austria, Germany (imdb display title), West Germany
"Les oiseaux" - Belgium (French title), Canada (French title), France
"Птицы" - Russia, Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Fåglarna" - Finland (Swedish title), Sweden
"Os Pássaros" - Brazil (imdb display title), Portugal
"Τα πουλιά" - Greece
"Птиците" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"De vogels" - Netherlands (informal literal title)
"De vogels" - Belgium (Flemish title)
"Els ocells" - Spain (Catalan title)
"Fuglene" - Norway
"Fuglene" - Denmark
"Gli uccelli" - Italy
"Kuslar" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Linnut" - Finland
"Madarak" - Hungary
"Parandegan" - Iran (Persian title) (imdb display title)
"Pasarile" - Romania (imdb display title)
"Ptáci" - Czechoslovakia (Czech title)
"Ptaki" - Poland
"Ptice" - Serbia
"Ptice" - Croatia (imdb display title)
"Ptice" - Slovenia (imdb display title)
"Ta poulia" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Tori" - Japan (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
119 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:PG (re-rating) (1984) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2002) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1963) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:VM14 (orginal rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1991) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (DVD) | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (1976) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (1995) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (re-release) (re-rating) (2012) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20385) (original release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #27603) (re-rating) (1984) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Hitchcock says he based the character of the drunken philosopher in the bar, played by Karl Swenson, on his friend Sean O'Casey.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the gas station attendant is hit by a gull, he falls face down, and his body is angled toward the camera. Mitch and some other men go to help him, and in the last shot of them together, he is face up and his body is angled to the left. There is quick cutting in this sequence, and not enough time between shots for the men to have moved the attendant.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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 arrived yet.
Melanie Daniels:Oh, but you'd said three o'clock...
Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk:Oh I know, I know. I've been calling all morning. Oh, Miss Daniels you have no idea. They are so difficult to get, really they are. We have to get them from India, when they're just baby chicks, and then we have...
Melanie Daniels:But this one won't be a chick, will he?
Mrs. MacGruder, pet store clerk:Certainly not. Oh no, certainly not. This will be a full grown mynah bird, full grown.
Melanie Daniels:And he'll talk?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in De Palma (2015)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rissle-dy, Rossle-dySee more »

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