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The Birds

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 Written by
Daphne Du Maurier Author
Evan Hunter Screenplay

 Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

...and remember, the next scream you hear may be your own!

 Release Date
March 28, 1963

119 minutes


Rod Taylor Mitch Brenner
Tippi Hedren Melanie Daniels
Jessica Tandy Lydia Brenner
Veronica Cartwright Cathy Brenner
Suzanne Pleshette Annie Hayworth
Lonny Chapman Diner owner
Ethel Griffies Mrs. Bundy
Doreen Lang Hysterical Mother in Diner
Ruth McDevitt Mrs. MacGruder
Richard Deacon Man in hotel corridor
Malcolm Atterbury Deputy Al Malone
Karl Swenson Drunken doomsayer in diner
Joe Mantell Traveling salesman in diner
Elizabeth Wilson Waitress in diner
Charles McGraw Sebastian Sholes
Doodles Weaver Fisherman Helping with Rental Boat

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Thin plot, visually stunning
By Jack Anderson on February 26, 2018

The plot of The Birds is a thin as a piece of paper. After a man goes into a bird shop to find some love birds, a woman decides to make him a surprise by offering him those birds in a secluded location. Then? Birds attacking people.

I've got two cult scenes:
1. The first is when we see the little girl on her belly, being attacked by one of the birds.
2. The second is with the young woman smoking her cigarette on the bench, while the kids are singing. The element of suspense is exacerbated and very fun.
3. There is a sublime shot, just after the cars explode. It's an aerial shot, from which we can see the small town on fire. And suddenly, a bird arrives.

When all the kids are inside the school, being totally safe, I really do not understand why the young woman would want them to all go outside at the same time, knowing that those birds will probably attack them. How about staying safe in the school?!
This seems like a major plothole, as throughout the film, all the main protagonists are always spending their time either outside or in rooms with many windows or a fireplace. They never simply go to a basement with a big fat door and just lay there until they can simply run into a car and leave the premises.
But I think it's a logical downside of this great idea of having birds attacking people.

I give the movie 7 out of 10. Visually stunning but the thinnest plot ever.



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