The Birds

Synopsis: Melanie Daniels is the modern rich socialite, part of the jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer Mitch Brenner sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother Lydia and younger sister Cathy. Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. Soon, birds in the hundreds and thousands are attacking anyone they find out of doors. There is no explanation as to why this might be happening, and as the birds continue their vicious attacks, survival becomes the priority.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.7
Metacritic:
87
Rotten Tomatoes:
96%
PASSED
Year:
1963
119 min
73,288 Views

MRS. MACGRUDER (O.S.)

Hello, this is Betty MacGruder at

Davidson's.

(pause; accusingly)

It's past three, you know.

(pause)

Well, how long do you think...? All

right, would you check it please?

Yes, I'll wait.

Melanie sighs. Leaving her gloves and purse on the counter,

she begins wandering around the shop, still tapping her lips

with the pencil. There is no menace in the birds surrounding

her. They are active and beautiful as they dart behind the

bars and mesh of their cages. Off screen, the puppy begins

BARKING again as the front door opens. Melanie looks up.

MED. SHOT - MITCH BRENNER

as he closes the entrance door behind him and starts up the

steps to the bird department. He is a handsome man, about

twenty-nine or thirty, well-dressed, and carrying a felt

hat.

CLOSE SHOT - MELANIE

seeing him, and then turning away to bend before the cage of

strawberry finches. She pokes the pencil through the mesh.

The birds are startled into scarlet flight.

TWO SHOT - MELANIE AND MITCH

as they pass each other in the aisle. He gives a polite little

nod, and she gives a polite little smile. But as he passes

her, and unknown to her, he turns for a second look -- and

then vanishes behind the circular cage as he turns he corner.

MED. SHOT - MELANIE

looking at her watch as she wanders around the other side of

the cage and then comes face to face with Mitch again.

MITCH:

I wonder if you could help me.

MELANIE:

What?

MITCH:

(deliberately, and

with a touch of

hauteur)

I said I wonder if you could help

me.

CLOSE SHOT - MELANIE

a trifle annoyed by his manner at first. She is about to

inform him, if you please, that she is not a shopgirl. But

then something rebellious flashes in her eyes and an idea

comes to her.

MELANIE:

(solicitously)

Yes, what was it you were looking

for, sir?

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