The Birds

The Birds

Alfred Hitchcock (1963)

X Certificate


Our Score
This Hitchcock classic somehow strayed from favour for a while, yet in the realm of popular mythology it is now rivalled only by Vertigo or Psycho. Set in the remote California coastal town of Bodega Bay, the story concerns a small group of unsatisfied creatures. Two women and a young girl are all fixed on one man (Rod Taylor), and when a fourth (Tippi Hedren) arrives from San Francisco with a certain determination in her heart, a menacing populace of birds descends on the town, wreaking terror and havoc, right up until the film's inscrutable ending. But, as ever, Hitchcock is also having a laugh.


A San Francisco socialite takes a shine to a man she meets by chance, and follows him home to a Californian coastal community. Her arrival coincides with a series of mysterious attacks on people by birds, which soon escalates as vast flocks go on the warpath. Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, based on a Daphne du Maurier short story, starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy and Veronica Cartwright.

Cast & Crew

Mitch Brenner Rod Taylor
Melanie Daniels Tippi Hedren
Lydia Brenner Jessica Tandy
Annie Hayworth Suzanne Pleshette
Cathy Brenner Veronica Cartwright
Mrs Bundy Ethel Griffies
Sebastian Sholes Charles McGraw
Mrs MacGruder Ruth McDevitt
Traveling salesman Joe Mantell
Hysterical woman Doreen Lang
Deputy Al Malone Malcolm Atterbury
Drunk Karl Swenson
Helen Carter Elizabeth Wilson
Deke Carter Lonny Chapman
Fisherman Doodles Weaver
Postal clerk John McGovern
Man in elevator Richard Deacon
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray