The Birds

"Extraordinary"

The Birds Review


Hitchcock aimed to do for avians in The Birds what he did for showers in Psycho, and by and large he succeeded. The Birds is roughly hewn by comparison to Hitch's more deftly plotted films -- it's much closer to a monster movie than a psychological thriller, moreso than any of his other films. Tippi Hedren makes her screen debut here, and it's a bit of a cold and tricky one, though not a terrible performance. She flubs her lines consistently, though -- including one in her very first scene. The Birds is most notable though for turning something completely harmless into an incredible menace -- all with absolutely no explanation. That's where the terror really comes from in The Birds.


The Birds

Facts and Figures

Run time: 119 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 30th May 1963

Box Office Worldwide: $11.4M

Budget: $2.5M

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%
Fresh: 46 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Mitch Brenner, as Melanie Daniels, as Annie Hayworth, as Cathy Brenner, as Mrs. Bundy, as Sebastian Sholes, as Lydia Brenner, Doreen Lang as Hysterical Mother in Diner, Ruth McDevitt as Mrs. MacGruder, as Traveling salesman in diner, Karl Swenson as Drunken doomsayer in diner, as Waitress in diner, Richard Deacon as Man in hotel corridor, Malcolm Atterbury as Deputy Al Malone, as Diner owner, Doodles Weaver as Fisherman Helping with Rental Boat

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