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The Birds
- Tippi Hedren

Overview - In THE BIRDS, Alfred Hitchcock's heart-pounding follow-up 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. Tippi Hedren (Melanie Griffith's mother) carries the picture in her first film role ever, embarking on a career as an icy-cool leading lady.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In THE BIRDS, Alfred Hitchcock's heart-pounding follow-up 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. Tippi 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 account, "Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes," THE BIRDS also features groundbreaking special effects that, in 1963, surprised and delighted audiences. Wealthy reformed party girl Melanie Daniels (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 may come out alive.

Cast List

Bernard Herrmann - Film Composer, PSYCHO, CITIZEN KANE
Tracy Scoggins - American TV Actress
Richard Deacon - American TV/Film Actor
Rod Taylor - Australian actor, THE BIRDS (1963)
Rodney Taylor - Australian actor, THE BIRDS (1963)
Charles McGraw - American Character Actor
John McGovern - American Actor
Suzanne Pleshette - American TV/film actress, THE BIRDS, BOB NEWHART SHOW (1972)
Joe Mantell - Supporting Actor
Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Sir Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Daphne Du Maurier - Novelist, THE BIRDS, REBECCA
George Milo - Set decorator, THE BIRDS (1963), PSYCHO (1960)
Doreen Lang - Actress, WILD IN THE COUNTRY
Jessica Tandy - American actress, DRIVING MISS DAISY
Doodles Weaver - American Character Actor
Bill Quinn - American TV Actor
William Quinn - American TV Actor
Darlene Conley - American actress,
Ruth McDevitt - American Character Actress
Malcolm Atterbury - American Character Actor
Veronica Cartwright - Film & television actress, THE BIRDS, ALIEN
Rita Riggs - COSTUME DESIGNER
Lonny Chapman - American Actor
Karl Swenson - Actor, SWORD IN THE STONE (1963)
George Tomasini - American Editor
Evan Hunter - Screenplay, THE BIRDS
Ed McBain - Screenplay, THE BIRDS
Robert Burks
Edith Head - Oscar winning costume designer, THE STING
Dave Fleischer - Animator/Max's Brother
Ethel Griffies - British Character Actress
Mike Monteleone - American actor
Tippi Hedren - American actress, model, THE BIRDS (1963), MARNIE
Nathalie Hedren - American actress, model, THE BIRDS (1963), MARNIE
Elizabeth Wilson - American actress
Lawrence A. Hampton - Special Effects\The Birds
Chuck Gaspar - Special Effects

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 120
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192085239
  • Genre: Horror
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: June 2014

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Classic
Romance
Suspense
Thriller
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Small Towns
1960s
Small Town Life
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: March 28, 1963. Filmed on location in Bodega Bay and San Francisco, California. Hitchcock cameo: Hitchcock can be seen leaving the pet shop carrying two small dogs. Screenwriter Evan Hunter also uses the name Ed McBain. The film marked the debut for Tippi Hedren. Ray Berwick trained all the birds for the film. The film's original ending was reportedly more pessimistic: Mitch and Melanie drive from Bodega Bay, assuming that the birds have only overtaken that one small town. Upon arriving in San Francisco, however, they catch sight of the Golden Gate Bridge, completely covered in birds. A very young Morgan Brittany appears in the film under the name Suzanne Cupito.

Reviews:
"...One of the most logistically complex films of his entire half-century run..." - 03/31/2000 USA Today, p.8E


"...Hitchcock's shocker will peck away at your sanity..." - 12/01/2003 Total Film, p.133


"[Hedren] is the ne plus ultra of Hitchcock's icy blondes..." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.56

 
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