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Birds, The (1963) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

311

Avg. Rating:

3.06/4

# of Ratings:

532

Genres:

Horror, Thriller

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

03/28/1963

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Actors:

Suzanne Pleshette .
Rod Taylor
Jessica Tandy
Veronica Cartwright
Tippi Hedren
Malcolm Atterbury

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A slew of birds begin attacking a small town where a girl chases down a guy see likes.

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Gabe 09/18/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

I know this is considered a classic, but quite frankly, I don't get it. The birds themselves are great, the special effects are good, but the movie as a whole, not very. First of all, why were the birds attacking? We never do find out. According to Wikipedia, the short story says they attack at high tide, but there is no mention of this in the film. I kept waiting for the mother or Miss Daniels to start controlling the birds Carrie style, but alas, no. This is a good film, but not one of Hithcock's best, more along the lines of Dial M for Murder or Strangers on a Train.

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Matthew Brady 04/10/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

The story is about a slew of birds begin attacking a small town where a girl chases down a guy see likes. This movie has so goofy visual effect's at some parts but the characters act and react like normal people in real life.

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worleyjamers 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

One of Hitchcock's absolute best, and most thrilling films.

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  Yojimbo
Yojimbo
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03/18/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Birds" by Yojimbo

Playful heiress Tippi Hedren pursues handsome lawyer Rod Taylor to the sleepy coastal village of Bodega Bay only to become besieged by flocks of killer birds. This film is another of Hitchcock's most influential and its formula pretty much became the blueprint for all disaster/creature features that followed. The premise is of course ridiculous, but this film is more of a showcase for directorial expertise. It begins with the usual soapy set up as we get to know the main characters, and it seems more a breezy romance with some nice snappy dialogue and likable characters. Hitchcock then builds the tension in his inimitable style, as waves of attackers slowly appear, subside and reappear while the increasingly paranoid victims wait for the next onslaught holed up in an isolated house; Night...

Rating of
3/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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10/04/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Birds review

Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) sends a gift of lovebirds to his new found Lawyer friend Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor). She also befriends Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), a former admirer of Mitch. I have mixed feelings about this horrific flick. I would like to emphasize the good aspects of the picture, which includes the score, cinematography, visual effects and the fear factor that it brings with the believable acting. This has to be the most realistic horror flicks produced, and tension build-up was exceptional. Now for the negative, you really felt the stupidity of certain situations such as bringing out the kids when you can already see the birds outside and Melanie opening the door when she already saw the roof broken by the creatures. Nothing was explained by the director a...

Rating of
3/4 

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  mdtinney
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10/04/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Where is my BB Gun!

It can't be denied that "The Birds" is still, even after 45 years, definitely one of the very greatest horror movies ever. The big secret behind its unbelievable effectiveness is actually more simple than we think. When filmmakers are shooting horror flicks they usually scare audience by using psychopaths, aliens, dinosaurs, sharks, spiders, snakes...all sort of devilish creatures, horrible monsters or notorious animals people already find frightening. It's a rather easy, unsurprising and tedious solution to do it. Alfred Hitchcock's marvelous idea was totally opposite from this principle. He took the most innocent and harmless creatures we can possibly think of - ordinary birds - and turned 'em into dreadful monsters with no reason what so ever. When a killer beneath the sea or a bloodlu...

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3.5/4 

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