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
165,957 Views


TWO SHOT - MELANIE AND MITCH

MITCH:

(deadpan)

Lovebirds.

MELANIE:

Lovebirds, sir?

MITCH:

Yes. I understand there are different

varieties, it that true?

MELANIE:

Well... yes, sir, there are.

MITCH:

These are for my sister... her

birthday you see. As she'll be eleven

and... well, frankly, I wouldn't

want a pair of birds that were too

demonstrative.

MELANIE:

I understand completely, sir.

MITCH:

As the same time, I wouldn't want

birds that were aloof, either.

MELANIE:

(leading him around

shop)

No, of course not.

MITCH:

Do you have a pair that are just

friendly?

MELANIE:

I think so, sir.

(she looks around)

Now then, let me see.

MITCH:

(at the finches)

Aren't these lovebirds?

MELANIE:

No, sir, those are... redbirds.

MITCH:

The sign says strawberry finches.

MELANIE:

(airily)

Yes, we call them that too.

(she moves away)

Ahhh, here we are, Lovebirds...

(and stops before a

cage of canaries)

MITCH:

Those are canaries, Miss.

(pause)

Doesn't this make you feel awful?

MELANIE:

(baffled)

Doesn't what make me...?

MITCH:

All these innocent little creatures

caged up like this?

MELANIE:

Well, we can't just let them fly

around the shop, you know.

MITCH:

I suppose not. Is there an

ornithological reason for keeping

them in separate cages?

MELANIE:

Oh, certainly. It's to protect the

species.

MITCH:

I imagine that's very important.

Especially during the moulting season.

MELANIE:

Yes, that's a particularly dangerous

time.

MITCH:

Are they moulting now?

MELANIE:

Some of them are.

MITCH:

How can you tell?

MELANIE:

Well... they get a sort of hangdog

expression.

CLOSE SHOT - A CAGED BIRD - MITCH'S P.O.V.

The bird is wearing a distinctly hangdog expression.

MITCH:

Yes, I see.

(pause)

About those lovebirds, Miss...

MELANIE:

Are you sure you wouldn't like to

see a canary instead? We have some

very nice canaries this week.

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Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) is one of the pen names of an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956. He also used the pen names John Abbott, Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon, Dean Hudson, and Richard Marsten. more…

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