The Birds Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 329

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 538

Theatrical Release Date: 03/28/1963

Language: English

Genre: Horror, Thriller

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

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

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

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Rating of
2.5/4

Gabe - wrote on 09/18/2016

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.

Rating of
4/4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 04/10/2014

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.

Rating of
3.5/4

worleyjamers - wrote on 06/29/2013

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

Full Movie Reviews

Yojimbo
Yojimbo
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

"The Birds" by Yojimbo

Yojimbo - wrote on 03/18/2012

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; …

Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

The Birds review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/04/2011

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 …

mdtinney
mdtinney
Movie God

Rating of
3.5/4

Where is my BB Gun!

mdtinney - wrote on 10/04/2009

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 …

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