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The Birds

Original movie poster for The Birds
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Short story:
Daphne du Maurier
Screenplay:
Evan Hunter
Starring Introducing:
Tippi Hedren
With:
Rod Taylor
Jessica Tandy
Suzanne Pleshette
Veronica Cartwright
Charles McGraw
Ethel Griffies
Music by Electronic score:
Editing by George Tomasini
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) Flag of the United States March 28, 1963
Running time 119 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$2,500,000
Followed by The Birds II: Land's End
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Birds is a 1963 horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the short story The Birds by Daphne du Maurier. The film's innovative special effects, soundtrack, and apocalyptic theme influenced later "revenge of nature" disaster films. Unlike most other films of its era, The Birds did not have a music score or an ending in the conventional sense. The Birds movie poster File links The following pages link to this file: The Birds (film) Categories: Fair use posters ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Dame Daphne du Maurier DBE (13 May 1907–19 April 1989) was a famous British novelist best known for her short story The Birds and her classic novel Rebecca, published in 1938. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nathalie Kay Tippi Hedren (born January 19, 1930)[1] is an American actress with a career spanning six decades. ... Rod Taylor (born Rodney Sturt Taylor on January 11, 1930) is an Australian-born film and television actor. ... Jessie Alice Tandy (June 7, 1909 – September 11, 1994) was a noted Academy Award-winning English/American theatre, film and TV actress. ... Pleshette in 1991 Suzanne Pleshette (born January 31, 1937 in New York City) is an American actress, best known as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show in the 70s. ... Veronica Cartwright (born April 20, 1950 in Bristol, England) is an actress. ... Born Charles Butters in Ohio May 10, 1914, square-jawed Charles McGraw grew up to become an actor and eventually made his first movie in 1942. ... George Tomasini (born April 20, 1909, died November 22, 1964) was the genius American film editor who often worked with very closely with film director Alfred Hitchcock. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “USD” redirects here. ... The year 1963 in film involved some significant events. ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was an iconic and highly influential British-born film director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... This article is in need of attention. ... {{Infobox short story | | name = The Birds | author = Daphne du Maurier | pub_date = 1963 | published_in = The Birds and Other Stories | country = UK | language = English | publisher = Penguin Books | media_type = Print | publication_type = Anthology | genre = Suspense/Survival/Horror Nat Hocken notices an unusual number of birds flying about and behaving strangely along the Peninsula where... Dame Daphne du Maurier DBE (13 May 1907–19 April 1989) was a famous British novelist best known for her short story The Birds and her classic novel Rebecca, published in 1938. ... Apocalyptic science fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction that is concerned with the end of the world or civilization, through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Beautiful young Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), a wealthy socialite whose father is the proprietor of a large newspaper, visits a pet shop in Union Square in San Francisco, to pick up a myna bird she has ordered for her aunt, which was to arrive at the shop by 3 PM. While she's there, Melanie meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), a lawyer who is looking for a pair of lovebirds to give to his sister. As a playful gag, Melanie pretends to be the shopkeeper and Mitch pretends to believe her, but eventually he reveals that he already knows who she is; Mitch recognizes her from a court appearance and blames Melanie for a prank that shattered somebody's plate glass window. Nathalie Kay Tippi Hedren (born January 19, 1930)[1] is an American actress with a career spanning six decades. ... Union Square is the central shopping, hotel and theater district in San Francisco. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... † See also Starling, Oxpecker The mynas are part of the family Sturndidae, along with the starlings and oxpeckers. ... Rod Taylor (born Rodney Sturt Taylor on January 11, 1930) is an Australian-born film and television actor. ... Species Nine - see text A lovebird (genus Agapornis, Greek for lovebird) is a very social and affectionate parrot. ...



Intrigued by him, she buys the lovebirds, finds out Mitch's address in the city, and tries to deliver them to his apartment - but a neighbour tells her that Mitch spends the weekend on the family farm, 60 miles up the coast in Bodega Bay, a small coastal village. Melanie drives to Bodega Bay in her Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark I Drophead Coupe and is directed to the home of Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), the local school teacher, to learn the name of Mitch's sister Cathy (Veronica Cartwright). Melanie delivers the birds by sneaking across the small harbor in a tiny boat to the Brenner residence, rather than taking the road where she would definitely be seen. Melanie walks right into the house and leaves the birds on a table with a note. As Melanie is headed back across the bay, Mitch circles around in his car to meet her. Just as she is about to pull up to the dock, a seagull swoops down and gashes her head. Bodega Bay and Bodega Harbor Bodega Bay is a small shallow, sand-choked inlet of the Pacific Ocean on the coast of northern California in the United States. ... The DB2/4 was a sports car sold by Aston Martin from 1953 through 1957. ... Pleshette in 1991 Suzanne Pleshette (born January 31, 1937 in New York City) is an American actress, best known as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show in the 70s. ... Veronica Cartwright (born April 20, 1950 in Bristol, England) is an actress. ...


Mitch takes her to a small diner nearby and tends to her cut. While there, Melanie meets Mitch's mother, Lydia (Jessica Tandy), who reacts to her icily. Melanie dines with Mitch and his family during which Lydia complains that their chickens have not been eating and fears they may be ill. Melanie and Mitch continue to flirt with each other, but as Melanie leaves they have an argument where Mitch playfully questions her and suggests that she might be a spoiled rich girl with a reckless streak. She bristles at this and departs in a huff. Jessie Alice Tandy (June 7, 1909 – September 11, 1994) was a noted Academy Award-winning English/American theatre, film and TV actress. ...


Melanie takes a room at Annie's that night and Annie reveals that she and Mitch were lovers once, a relationship that was cut short by the cool reaction she got from Lydia. As the women are talking, Mitch calls to apologize for upsetting Melanie and convinces her to come to Cathy's birthday party the next day. Toward the end of their conversation, the women hear a thud against the front door and discover a dead gull sprawled on the porch.


The next day, Melanie attends Cathy's party, during which she has an emotional conversation with Mitch. Melanie loses her composure when talk turns to her mother, who abandoned the family years earlier. Their conversation is followed by yet another bird attack, this time more vicious than before, as gulls swoop down on the terrified children. Later that evening, birds attack again, this time smaller ones who enter the Brenner house through the chimney.

Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren in The Birds.

The next morning, Melanie prepares to leave while Lydia drives Cathy to school and pays a visit to a neighboring farm to call on Dan Fawcett. Getting no answer to her knock, Lydia enters the house and finds Dan dead in his bedroom, the windows broken, debris and dead birds littered about. Dan's body is in a grotesque condition, bleeding and scratched, with the eyes completely missing. In shock, Lydia stumbles out of the house and drives home wildly, alarming Mitch and Melanie when she arrives. Melanie agrees to stay as Mitch goes off to check on things at Dan's farm himself. The local deputy sheriff and Mitch politely argue about the bird attacks, with the deputy unable to accept that birds are capable of what happened. The deputy agrees with the Santa Rosa police, who conclude that Dan was killed by burglars, and then the birds got in and made the mess later. Image File history File links The_Birds_-_Rod_Taylor_-_Tippi_Hedren. ... Image File history File links The_Birds_-_Rod_Taylor_-_Tippi_Hedren. ...


Melanie makes some tea and takes it in to Lydia, who is resting in her bed. Lydia has a surprisingly honest moment with Melanie, where she admits that she wants to like any girl that Mitch brings home, but she is afraid of being abandoned. Melanie reassures her that Mitch would never leave his mother all alone. Lydia also expresses concern for Cathy's safety ("They have such big windows at the school") and Melanie offers to drive over there and bring her home. Melanie arrives at the schoolhouse just before recess and waits by the schoolyard for the children to finish singing a song inside. As she sits smoking on a bench, crows begin to gather ominously behind her. Melanie does not notice this until she spots a crow circling overhead and watches it land in the playground; she is horrified when she realizes that almost every inch of the schoolyard is covered, the jungle gyms and swing sets festooned with menacing crows. Knowing that the crows could burst through the large windows and attack the children inside, Annie and Melanie lead the students away from the school to safety, but the crows hear their footsteps and attack, swarming all around them. Melanie and Cathy take refuge in a car until the attack subsides, then Melanie leaves Cathy at Annie's house while she goes to the diner to call her father.


At the diner, Melanie attracts a lot of attention with her story of the bird attack. An elderly woman interested in ornithology discredits Melanie's account, claiming that birds are not intelligent enough to launch a massed attack as she described. Mitch arrives and announces that Dan Fawcett was killed by birds, but this too is debunked. As the argument grows, Melanie notices bird activity outside the diner window, and they witness a devastating attack. Gulls swoop down on a gas station, triggering a series of events that result in a massive explosion. Chaos follows, with attacking birds interfering with the attempts to fight the raging fire.


Mitch and Melanie then go to pick up Cathy at Annie's house. As they approach, they see Annie lying on the front walk, dead. Cathy is inside the house, terrified but safe. She explains that the two of them went outside to see what caused the explosion, and were then attacked by the crows. Annie was able to save Cathy but not herself.


The three return to the Brenner house, where they brace themselves for the next attack that they know is coming. They board up all windows, doors and openings. The four of them spend hours in this claustrophobic setting until the sounds of a massive attack surround the house. This onslaught of birds is the most monstrous one of all, seemingly by all types of birds at once. Mitch barely manages to keep the birds from pecking their way through the barricades. The attack subsides and the four drop off to sleep in the living room. Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder that involves the fear of enclosed or confined spaces. ...


Melanie awakes and hears the disturbing fluttering of wings above them. She goes upstairs with a flashlight to investigate. She opens the door to a bedroom on the top floor and sees a large hole ripped from the roof, and then notices the birds all over the room. Her presence stirs them to attack and they peck and cut her in numerous places. She is overcome and collapses into unconsciousness, when Mitch and the others hear the commotion and manage to pull her to relative safety.


Lydia and Mitch bandage Melanie's wounds but realize she must get to a hospital. They decide on Melanie's car, because it is faster. Mitch ventures outside to fetch the car from the garage, while Lydia and Cathy get Melanie ready. In a surreal and apocalyptic scene, a sea of landed birds ripples menacingly around them but do not attack. The car radio gives reports of several smaller attacks by birds in a few other communities in coastal California. The sea of birds parts as they slowly proceed toward the road and pick up speed. The film concludes with the sun rising as the four of them drive away from the farm, down the coast road and out of sight. Max Ernst. ... Look up Apocalypse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Production

The film depicts a series of bird attacks on the residents of a Californian seaside village named Bodega Bay. In du Maurier's story, the birds attacked Britain, not California. The film was shot on location both in Bodega Bay and the nearby village of Bodega, the location of the historic school building used in the production. This was the second of Hitchcock's films to be shot in Sonoma County; the first was Shadow of a Doubt, filmed mostly in Sonoma County's county seat, Santa Rosa. Hitchcock also filmed a few scenes in downtown San Francisco, including his own cameo in which he exited the pet store with his own dogs. Bodega Bay is a town, and US census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. ... Sonoma County is on the northwest coast of California, one of the northernmost parts of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Its population at the 2000 census was 458,614. ... For other uses, see Shadow of a Doubt (disambiguation). ... Location in Sonoma County and the state of California Country State County Sonoma Area  - City 40. ...


Hitchcock was inspired by a report in the 18 August 1961 issue of the Santa Cruz, California Sentinel newspaper [1] of birds exhibiting strange and sometimes violent behavior. This event was brought up in the film between the town residents in the Tides diner. This behavior may have been caused by amnesic shellfish poisoning of the birds from eating fish containing domoic acid produced by the algae Pseudo-nitzschia australis.[2]. is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Santa Cruz. ... Amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP) is one of the four recognised syndromes of shellfish poisoning (the others being neurotoxic shellfish poisoning [1], diarrhetic shellfish poisoning [2] and paralytic shellfish poisoning). ... Chemical structure of Domoic acid Domoic acid, which causes amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), is an amino acid phycotoxin (algal toxin) found associated with certain algal blooms [1]. In 1958, domoic acid was originally isolated from the red alga called doumoi or hanayanagi (Chondria armata[2]) in Japan. ... A seaweed (Laurencia) up close: the branches are multicellular and only about 1 mm thick. ...


Hedren was told mechanical birds would be used for the terrifying and brutal attic scene. Instead, live birds were hurled at her by prop men for a week. When one nearly gouged her eye she became hysterical, collapsed and spent a week haunted by "nightmares filled with flapping birds". After visiting the set Cary Grant praised her as "one very brave lady". This article is about the British actor. ...


Instead of a typical film soundtrack, Hitchcock painstakingly had Oskar Sala create bird sounds on his trautonium, which were then scored to the movie by Bernard Herrmann. No natural bird sounds were used. There is a very high-pitched soundtrack of electronic noise through the film which subconsciously adds to the tension experienced by the viewer. Just prior to the attack on the school children, as they run from the historic school, they sing an unaccompanied song. Oskar Sala Oskar Sala (June 18, 1910 - February 26, 2002) was a 20th century German electronic musician and composer. ... The trautonium is a monophonic electronic musical instrument invented ca. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Hitchcock insisted that the film not end with final "The End", which further hints towards the lyrical nature of the movie (quote by Federico Fellini: "An apocalyptical poem"). Hitchcock reportedly considered a final shot of the Golden Gate Bridge covered with birds, implying that the birds would not stop with their local attacks. The term lyrical may mean: Lyrics, or words in songs Lyrical dance, a style of dancing Emotional, expressing strong feelings For other uses see, Lyric Poetry, Lyrical Abstraction, Lyco Art or Lyrical Conceptualism Category: ... Federico Fellini (January 20, 1920 – October 31, 1993) was one of the most influential and widely revered film-makers of the 20th century. ... The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening into the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. ...


The highly-anticipated film was launched with an elaborate promotional campaign, inaugurated with the Hitchcock-engineered phrase, "The birds is coming!" Hitchcock appeared with birds on his shoulder on the cover of Life magazine. Hedren appeared on the cover of Look magazine with the line "Hitchcock's New Grace Kelly." Philippe Halsmans famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe Life generally refers to two American magazines: A humor and general interest magazine published from 1883 to 1936; A publication created by Time founder Henry Luce in 1936, with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. ...


The sequel The Birds II: Land's End that features Brad Johnson and Chelsea Field premiered as a cable television movie in 1994; Tippi Hedren also appeared in a supporting role, playing a different character than in the original film. Brad Johnson is an American actor and former Marlboro Man. ... Chelsea Field is an actor, perhaps best remembered as Teela from the 1987 film adaptation of Masters of the Universe. ... Nathalie Kay Tippi Hedren (born January 19, 1930)[1] is an American actress with a career spanning six decades. ...


Awards

  • The film debuted at a prestigious invitational showing at the Cannes Film Festival with Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren in attendance.
  • The movie was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Special Effects. It lost out to Cleopatra (1963).
  • Tippi Hedren received the Golden Globe as the most promising newcomer of 1964. She shared this award with Ursula Andress and Elke Sommer.
  • Tippi Hedren received the Photoplay Award as Most Promising Newcomer.
  • The film topped the list of top ten foreign films selected by the Bengal Film Journalist Association. The Association also awarded Alfred Hitchcock the Best Director Award for the film.[3]

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The Birds (2009 film)

According to Hollywood Reporter[1], a 2009 remake of The Birds is in the works, rumoured to star Naomi Watts.[2] The story will be based on the original short story by Daphne du Maurier, while the screenplay is being written by Juliet Snowden and Stiles White. The producers are Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. IMDb Profile The Hollywood Reporter is one of two major trade papers of the film industry in the United States, the other being Variety. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British-Australian actress known for her roles in Mulholland Dr., the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Dame Daphne du Maurier DBE (13 May 1907–19 April 1989) was a famous British novelist best known for her short story The Birds and her classic novel Rebecca, published in 1938. ... Michael Benjamin Bay (born February 17, 1965) is an American film director and producer. ...


It had been reported the film would have a release date of July 3, 2009. However, producer Brad Fuller discounted that report in an interview with The Trades[3]. is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // LR: Limited release in select cities WR: Wide-release to theaters IMAX: Release to IMAX theaters Beverly Hills Cop IV The Hobbit Interstellar Magneto (film) Smooth Criminal : The Michael Jackson Story Temeraire Tales from Earthsea - December 18 LR - Buena Vista Distribution - Goro Miyazaki (director) The Lost Tomb: A Neopets Adventure...


The Birds in popular culture

  • After the film's release, a famous Mad magazine parody appeared entitled "For the Birds."
  • In an episode of Animaniacs, the Goodfeathers sign onto the filming of a movie called "The Boids" as extras. The episode includes caricatures of Hitchcock, Hedren, and Jack Nicholson.
  • In an episode of That '70s Show, in a Halloween episode dream sequence, Kitty, while feeding her neighbor's bird, is trapped inside a phone booth that simply happens to appear in the room and attacked by dozens of birds.
  • Mel Brooks' movie High Anxiety (1978) parodies several Hitchcock films, including The Birds, when birds "attack" him by excreting on him.
  • The Simpsons makes several references to The Birds:
    • In "A Streetcar Named Marge", when Maggie is picked from the day-care center, babies are perched all over the building. When Homer and the kids leave, a caricature of Hitchcock is walking his dogs on the sidewalk (a recreation of his cameo; see below).
    • In the episode "Itchy & Scratchy Land", Marge wishes the family had gone to the bird sanctuary. However, in the bird sanctuary, the birds have gone crazy, and Hans Moleman is menaced by birds in a phone booth, with birds crashing against the glass.
    • In the "Treehouse of Horror XI" segment "Night of the Dolphins", the invading dolphins stand on their tails on the power lines.
    • In the episode "Homer vs. Dignity", the citizens of Springfield are attacked by gulls.
  • The film Finding Nemo has a scene with seagulls perched everywhere, reminiscent of the birds outside the school house.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "When Pants Attack", swarms of pants gather and pants are fluttering onto telephone lines, and Jimmy's mother states "It's like a homage to Alfred Hitchcock's movie 'The Birds'!"
  • In the Arthur episode entitled The Squirrels, Arthur and his friends become paranoid after watching an old horror film about squirrels attacking (and apparently devouring) people.
  • One of The Far Side comics created by Gary Larson shows a small flock of birds hidden behind a tree near an old woman feeding squirrels. One of the birds, presumably the leader, says, 'Hey, I have an idea. How many people here have seen Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds?' and most of the surrounding birds raise one wing.
  • In an episode of Roseanne, an American sit-com from the early-90s, the character of Roseanne's daughter, Darleen, dresses for Halloween as a woman being attacked by birds in an echo of the famous scene with Tippi Hedren.
  • On Mystery Science Theater 3000, the mad scientists sometimes declare "We're Evil! EVIL!" mimicking the diner patron who accuses Melanie of causing the birds' attack. In Episode #603, The Dead Talk Back, a movie character speaking of a murder victim proclaims "She was evil!" to which Mike Nelson adds "She brought the birds here!" In Episode #801, Revenge of the Creature, a scene opens in a lagoon with various wildlife, including birds perched on limbs, and Tom Servo sings a bar or two of the song sung by the schoolchildren in The Birds ("Nickety nockety now now now!").
  • Saturday Night Live spoofed the famous school-children/bird attack sequence with a mock movie trailer for a "film" entitled The Clams. It featured dozens of chattering clam shells on the schoolyard jungle gym, and giant clam shells pursuing the school-children.
  • In the Code Lyoko episode "The Pretender" Xana possesses a bunch of crows so that he can attack the heroes, and nearly kills Yumi. Odd remarks in the episode that he saw a film like this and didn't think it was scary, but quickly changes his mind when he gets chased by the crows.
  • In the computer game Zoo Tycoon, if a guest is named Alfred H, black and white birds fly over the zoo, causing guests to scream.
  • The comic strip "Mother Goose and Grim" once portrayed "Alfred Hitchcock's The Tweety Birds", in which several versions of Looney Tunes character Tweety are seated menacingly on power lines.
  • In an episode of South Park the mutant turkeys peck out one of Kenny's eyes, a spoof of when the Birds attack humans
  • In the 2007 film Resident Evil: Extinction, the scene with the crows use a similar plotline.
  • Mad Magazine published a satire of the movie. In one pannel there was a billboard with the message, "The Birds is coming!" and a message scrawled below that, "and good grammar in advertising has went!"

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Listen to

  • Radio Memories Network: Lux Radio Theater: The Birds with Herbert Marshall (July 20, 1953)
  • Radio Nostalgia Network: Escape: "The Birds" (July 10, 1954)

Notes

  1. ^ The Vine: 'Birds' to fly again in Uni remake Hollywood Reporter
  2. ^ Naomi Watts for The Birds remake? Moviehole
  3. ^ Brad Fuller: Behind the Dunes The Trades

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The Birds (1963) (2453 words)
The attacks are mysteriously related to the mother and son relationship in the film - anger (and fears of abandonment or being left lonely) of the jealous, initially hostile mother surface when her bachelor son brings home an attractive young woman.
On an allegorical level, the birds in the film are the physical embodiment and exteriorization of unleashed, disturbing, shattering forces that threaten all of humanity (those threatened in the film include schoolchildren, a defenseless farmer, bystanders, a schoolteacher, etc.) when relationships have become insubstantial, unsupportive, or hurtful.
Numerous allusions to blindness are sprinkled throughout the film (the farmer's eyes are pecked out, the children play blindman's bluff at the birthday party, the broken glasses of the fleeing schoolchild, etc.), giving the hint that the camera's voyeuristic lens (and its screen-viewing audience) is also being subjected to assault.
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In the story the birds attacked when the tide came in and in the film the birds attack in brief intervals, over and over.
The film's characters are a woman and a man, and the man's mother and younger sister.
In the film the characters are able to slip out of the house during a quiet interval and drive away.
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