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The Birds Details

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The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette). The human story begins in a San Francisco pet shop and culminates at the home of Mitch's mother (Jessica Tandy) at Bodega Bay, where the characters' sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of the birds in the area. At first, it's no more than a sea gull swooping down and pecking at Melanie's head. Things take a truly ugly turn when hundreds of birds converge on a children's party. There is never an explanation as to why the birds have run amok, but once the onslaught begins, there's virtually no letup. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 28, 1963

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ub Iwerks Best Visual Effects 1963 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tippi Hedren New Star of the Year - Female 1963 Winner

Cast

Rod Taylor
as Mitch Brenner
Tippi Hedren
as Melanie Daniels
Jessica Tandy
as Lydia Brenner
Suzanne Pleshette
as Annie Hayworth
Veronica Cartwright
as Cathy Brenner
Ethel Griffies
as Mrs. Bundy
Charles McGraw
as Sebastian Sholes
Ruth McDevitt
as Mrs. MacGruder
Malcolm Atterbury
as Al Malone
Joe Mantell
as Salesman
Karl Swenson
as Drunk
Elizabeth Wilson
as Helen Carter
Lonny Chapman
as Deke Carter
Richard Deacon
as Man in Elevator
Doreen Lang
as Mother in Cafe
Dal McKennon
Doodles Weaver
as Fisherman
Bill Quinn
as Farm Hand

Crew

Alfred Hitchcock
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Producer
Evan Hunter
Screenwriter
Robert Burks
Cinematographer
George Tomasini
Editor
George Milo
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Bernard Herrmann
Sound/Sound Designer
Ub Iwerks
Special Effects
Howard Smit
Makeup
Harold Michelson
Storyboard
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